Jury | Selection Committee

Lift-Off Film Festival Jury

Lift-Off Film Festival Selection Committee.

All of the Lift-Off Film Festival’s are programmed initially by our founders and core-staff, after this each live event winner is selected by the attending audiences at each city, who are then put before our Selection Committee made up of Lift-Off ethos understanding film and TV professionals. The selection committee pick the winners who are to be awarded at our Lift-Off Season Awards Show at Pinewood Studios each December. Meet our Selection Committee…


Dominic WolfProducer/Actor
Dominic started in Film and TV Production, working freelance for indie production companies becoming an assistant producer and occasional AD whilst running the commissions gauntlet for broadcasters including the BBC and C4. Now a professional actor repped by Michelle Braidman Associates. One of his recent projects as an actor ‘Group B’ has been nominated for the Academy Awards 2015 in the student category.



Jane GullFilm Director and Lift-Off Alumni
Having started her career as an actress, Jane’s springboard into filmmaking came in 2005 when she made her first film Together Alone, supported by the UK Film Council. She has since gone on to direct several award winning shorts. The highly acclaimed Sunny Boy has screened at over 50 international film festivals and picked up 15 awards including, ‘Le Grand Prix du Jury’ at Entr’2 Marches in Cannes. In 2014 it was broadcast on Channel 4 and ARTE TV. Jane has recently completed her debut feature film My Feral Heart and has three features in development.



Charlotte HunterActor and Lift-Off Alumni
Charlotte was born and grew up in Suffolk. She started her career as the stunt and performance double of Emma Watson in HARRY POTTER before training as an actor at The Oxford School of Drama. Charlotte has played a variety of roles, including the central role of Jenny in the No1 theatre tour of THE HOLLY AND THE IVY. In the US feature film DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Charlotte played Carlotta but also developed and did the voice and motion capture for Slaymate, the undead child character.
Charlotte is also known for her work in Emmerdale, Doctors, The Herd, Adam.



D W MaultFilm Critic and Filmmaker
D W Mault is a London based filmmaker and critic, who is currently working on an adaption of the Gwendoline Riley novel Cold Water. He writes for numerous online publications including: Cinevue, New Empress, The Skinny, The Double Negative, Halcyon and Je Suis Cinema.


Jasleen Kaur SethiProducer/Director/Journalist
Jasleen is an award winning Producer/Director and Journalist. She has made observational and investigative documentaries for broadcasters around the world including single hours and feature length films for the BBC, Channel 4, and Al Jazeera. She began her career working as a correspondent in Africa and South Asia for 5 years, reporting on politics, conflict, natural disasters, bizarre wildlife, extraordinary events and people. She is the author of The Body Commodity, a book on human trafficking in the Balkans published in 2008, and is also the Founder and Director of Kudeta Fims. [www/kudetafilms.com]


Gavin AmesEditor
After graduating from UCA in 2000 Gavin got a job in the TV industry. After making tea for a year he began working as an editor and has been getting paid to edit ever since. He’s cut every kind of show from serious documentaries to comedies and has worked for all the major UK terrestrial and satellite channels.


Luke BarnesWriter/Actor and Lift-Off Alumni
Luke Barnes’ credits include The Saints at the Nuffield Theatre, Weekend Rockstars at Hull Truck and UK tour, Bottleneck at Soho Theatre and UK Tour with HighTide, Eisteddfod at HighTide Festival, Chapel Street at Bush Theatre, Edinburgh Underbelly and UK Tour, A Wondrous Place at Royal Exchange Manchester and UK Tour, Beats North at Roundabout Edinburgh with Northern Stage, with a UK Tour, and Weekday Nights with NYT at The Unicorn. On television, his credits include Minted with Rare Day for Channel 4 and Dialogues for Mammoth and BBC. Short Films include: I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha Cha and Toby. Acting: Game Of Thrones (HBO), Skins (C4), The Killing Of Laura Kitchen (BBC)..


Theo DevaneyProducer/Filmmaker/Actor
Theo trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama, graduating in 2005. Until 2012 he worked extensively in UK theatre, appearing in acclaimed productions such as War and Peace (Shared Experience) and as the lead in a self-produced Caligula by Albert Camus (Critic’s Choice, Timeout London). Previous Film and TV work includes: Night at the Museum 3 (Warner Bros), Supernatural (CW Network), Psych (USA Network), Doctors (BBC), as well as numerous independent film projects. Run, Theo’s first self-written and produced short film, is soon to be completed. {Theo believes that endurance sport is the ‘cure du jour’ for contemporary Western ennui.}



Nick EdisonActor
Nick is an Anglo-American actor and screenwriter. He trained at the Oxford School of Drama and has worked in television, film and theatre.



Jennifer SheridanFilmmaker, Editor and Lift-Off Alumni
Jennifer Sheridan is an award winning director and editor from South London. Jennifer honed her skills as a storyteller by becoming a respected editor of comedy in television and film. Working for many major channels, she has edited award winning and BAFTA nominated series’ for ITV and SKY; as well as feature film One Night In Powder which took home Best Comedy at the London Independent Film Festival 2014.
The Virgin Media shorts prize for Rocket in 2012 was the first directing award in her rapidly ratcheting collection. Teaming up with director Matthew Markham, Jennifer followed up with shorts Catch and Match which both went onto win multiple festival awards. Her most recent short Acoustic Kitty premiered at the Oscar qualifying Heartland Film Festival and has just won the People’s Choice Award at the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Jennifer is currently developing a feature film script with Adam Shakinovsky and Bru Productions while Acoustic Kitty continues its festival run.


Marcus LiversedgeFilmmaker, TV Director and Lift-Off Alumni

Commercial/Comedy/Drama Director with 12 years experience. Marcus is an award winning director who has directed in TV and commercials for twelve years. The last two years working predominantly in drama and comedy. He directed the films that will be a major part of ‘Adele at the BBC’ on BBC1 (20th Nov 2015), and is also the director of the BBC America comedy ‘Almost Royal’ series 1 and 2. His first short film starring Joel Fry (Game of Thrones) and Sadie Frost, was accepted into the LA Lift-Off Film Festival 2015. Directed the pilot episode for Channel 4’s ‘Tattoo Fixers.’His commercial and story work can be viewed at marcusliversedge.com


Hamish PritchardActing and Voice Coach
Hamish is a respected international acting and voice coach who has taught within world renowned drama conservatoires, including the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) London, The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Australia, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London. Hamish has trained in various techniques such as the ‘Method’ at the Actors Studio and the Meisner Technique, as well as a number of other prominent acting styles including Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. Hamish has a Masters in Voice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and has studied with various recognised voice and speech practitioners. He has also directed several plays and short films.


Sheridan ThomasProducer and Lift-Off/Great Guns Partnership Talent Scout
Having worked in music videos for several years, Sheridan moved into the world of commercials in the mid 90’s. Since then, as Global Head of Production for the multi-national Great Guns, he has produced commercials for many of the world’s biggest brands as well as several short films and music videos. He also produced the SEGA videogame Headhunter: Redemption as well as all the live action footage for its predecessor Headhunter. Each year Great Guns review the filmmakers from the Lift-Off Film Festival Network with a look to employing the best commercial directors from the circuit.


Jade Courtney EdwardsDirector/Writer and Lift-Off Alumni
Jade Courtney Edwards is a writer and director based in Brooklyn, NY. She went to Tisch School of the Arts in New York where she earned her BFA in Film and TV Production. She is co-partner of creative house, LANDED, where she has several music videos, shorts and features in development. She currently works as a creative executive at production company, Pandemic Film.