• Ian McDonald NEIFF 2022 Judge

    Ian McDonald

    Ian McDonald is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His most recent feature doc, ‘The First Year’ (2021/88mins) won the Audience Award at last year’s NEIFF, while his debut feature documentary Algorithms (2012/96mins), about young blind chess players from India, picked up many awards and was nominated for a Grierson. He has also made films for the gallery such as the four-screen installation film FREEDOM (winner of BAFTSS Best Audio-Visual Installation) and Who is Europe? (shortlisted for AHRC Best Research Film of the Year). Ian is the founder of Film@Culture Lab at Newcastle University where he is a Reader in Film Practice.

  • Heather Greenwood

    As Senior Executive for Fulwell 73 she is a BAFTA nominated Producer who oversees a whole range of film and broadcast content from initial development & budget, through production, post, delivery & distribution.

    With 20 years industry experience she has been involved in a wide range of Broadcast and Theatrical output including THE CLASS OF 92, THE GUVNORS, I AM BOLT, SUNDERLAND TIL I DIE, HITSVILLE-THE MAKING OF MOTOWN & BROS-AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS, regularly working with Netflix. Also BBC, Universal Pictures, Altitude and many more.

    Heather is currently focusing on Fulwell 73’s concerted move into the scripted space and building a slate to reflect these ambitions, seeking out Co-Production and IP opportunities.

    Recently announced projects include the HE Series reboot of MOONDIAL (wiip) and features DRAGGED TO CHURCH and FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.

  • Tatiana Douglas

    Tatiana is the Manager of On Screen Content & Programming for Showcase Cinemas UK. She has 15 years of experience in the industry, programming 18 cinemas across England, Scotland and Wales.

    She has a particular passion for art house and foreign language films and curates special seasons aimed at bringing alternative titles to the Showcase audience.

  • Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe MBE

    Emmanuel is the Founder and Chairman of the British Urban Film Festival and was invited to become a BAFTA voting member in December 2020.

    He has also sat on voting juries at ASFF, Caribbean Tales International Film Festival/TIFF and Triforce Monologue Slam Luton.

    In December 2019 it was announced in the 2020 New Year’s honours list that he was to be awarded with an MBE for services to the Black and Minority Ethnic

    Emnanuel received his medal from HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in March 2020.

    In October 2020, the BUFF was granted with BAFTA qualifying status for British Short Films.

  • Adrian Grant

    Adrian Grant has worked in the entertainment and media industries for over 30 years, producing magazines, books, records, videos, concerts and theatre shows.

    Adrian authored the book, Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary, and in 2006 Adrian created ‘Thriller Live’, a show seen in 35 countries by nearly five million people and becoming the 12th biggest West End musical of all-time.

    Away from Jackson, Adrian published two national magazines – Shades and Blink. Shades was one of the first youth lifestyle publications to champion for greater diversity and inclusion in the UK.

    In October 2017 Adrian received the Image Award at the Black British Business Awards for setting a record of excellence and making a lasting, significant and positive contribution to the standing of people of African and Caribbean heritage in Britain for his work.

    In November 2018 Adrian launched the Visionary Arts Foundation aiming to inspire positive change in our communities by empowering young adults to use their artistic platforms from film, music and theatre to literature and digital media as a sound board for discussion and debate around social issues such as racism, equality and inclusion, mental health awareness, youth violence prevention and the climate crisis.

    Adrian also produced the West End show, ‘Respect La Diva’, and the 2019 UK tour of ‘Respect – The Aretha Franklin Songbook’.

    Most recently, Adrian was named Best Producer for ‘Thriller Live’ at the Black British Theatre Awards 2020, and the show also won Best Musical Production.

  • Paul Sophocli

    Paul Sophocli. Paul has worked in Theatrical Sales Film Distribution for 17 years for companies such as Pathe, Paramount amd EOne. He is now currently Senior Sales Manager at Lionsgate U.K where for 7 years he has been part of the theatrical campaigns of films as varied as The Hunger Games, La La Land, John Wick 3 to Brooklyn, The Father and The Courier.

  • Mark Mitchell

    Mark Mitchell

    Mark is the Creative Director at No Worries Marketing Solutions, with over 18 years in the design and creative industry, and is a keen film enthusiast.

The North East International Film Festival

A 3 day celebration of filmmaking inviting the world to head North East

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November 2022

VIP Networking Events

A VIP network gathering which will be attended by industry professionals, to include canapes and a welcome drink for which tickets will be made available through the website and Eventbrite.

Find out more


Free, educational workshops will also take place throughout the city for people wanting to hone their craft, learn and develop new skills or just generalised info.

Find out more

Special screenings

There will be special one off screenings of award winning films followed by question and answer sessions and interviews with leading Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers. Information on the special screenings shall be released in 2021.

Find out more