• Kylie McCaroll NEIFF Jury 2023

    Kylie McCaroll

    Kylie has over 20 years experience in the industry, working as a writer, producer and director in Australia and the UK.

    Her experience spans multiple genres including live productions, documentaries, travel, and comedies. In 2019 Kylie joined BAFTA producing and directing in-house and was across programming throughout the year from development to delivery, and during the awards season leading production on the Red Carpet programmes. Most recently Kylie has been working in virtual production and producing short films.

  • Kathryn Shrubb

    Kathryn Shrubb

    Kat Shrubb is an experienced Development Producer and Story Producer working in scripted and drama television. Most recently she has helped set up and run the scripted slates at Two Rivers Media & Fulwell 73 as Head of Development and Senior Development Producer. Kat has developed and scripted edited a wide range of TV series across multiple genres and platforms, including LUTHER, SILENT WITNESS, BANCROFT and THREE GIRLS.

  • Bianca Gavin

    Bianca Gavin

    Bianca Gavin is an accomplished and experienced production executive with over twenty years of experience in the film and TV industry. Having worked in a variety of roles across largescale and independent productions. In 2020, Bianca joined Pulse Films in the role of Head of Production, Scripted Film & Television. Spearheading the production side of the studio’s Scripted slate, advising on all aspects from development through to delivery, on projects including the acclaimed returning seasons of ‘Gangs of London’.

    Before joining Pulse Films, Bianca was Senior Production Executive for Amazon’s EU Scripted Originals, responsible for their first slate of dramas across France, Italy, Spain, Germany and UK, including The Power, The Rig and Jungle. During her tenure as Production Manager for Sky Originals, looking after dramas and comedies, such as Britannia and Save Me, she also set up Sky Breakthrough, a work placement initiative for disabled talent.

    Passionate about equality and breaking down entry barriers, Bianca is Chair to the board of the Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) and is also on the executive committee of their Diversity and Inclusion Action Group

  • Ginevra Gentili, NEIFF Judge 2023

    Ginevra Gentili 

    Ginevra Gentili is a British-Italian filmmaker and the Founder of production company, North Harley Films. Ginevra has directed and produced multiple award-winning films, music videos and music documentaries with artists such as Eivør and Sohodolls. Historically, Ginevra’s main film focus has been on genres such as drama and films based upon real life events. To date, her work has received over 30 awards and nominations, including winning the Short Film Audience Choice Award at the North East International Film Festival last year with her film, Borrowed Time. Ginevra has also received accolades for Best Female Director at the 2021 Annual Independent Shorts Awards with Tell Tale Signs. She is currently in post-production for Broken Castles, which she was commissioned to direct and co-produce. Ginevra is now prepping to film a proof-of-concept short from her slate, which is derived from her debut feature, Animae Divisae, which she hopes to begin production for at the end of 2023. 

  • Adam Donen

    Adam Donen

    Described by BBC News as “either a genius or a madman”, Adam Donen invents artforms, writes, directs and composes.

    Though creating notable specific theatre, Donen was best known as a rock musician, releasing four albums and touring extensively. He switched to classical music in 2012, collaborating with Roger O’Donnell of The Cure on two orchestral works before moving on to writing symphonies.

    In 2016, he created, directed and composed Symphony to a Lost Generation, the world’s first fully holographic drama, which featured a cast of 250 actors and dancers (including ballet superstars Sergei Polunin and Natalia Osipova), the Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Choir all appearing as holograms on an empty stage. He followed this with Nixon in Agony, the world’s first binaural audio drama, with Steven Berkoff in the lead, a headline commission for the South African National Arts Festival. Alice, Through the Looking (2021), Donen’s first feature, was characterised by Tallinn Black Nights, at which it premiered, as, “Imagine that you are sitting at a table in a crowded and bustling café, having your eighth consecutive espresso and debating with David Lynch, Woody Allen and Jean-Luc Godard.

    Photo Credit: Magnus Arrevad

  • Elliot Grove

    Elliot Grove

    Elliot is the founder of Raindance Film Festival (1993), the

    @BIFA_film (British Independent Film Awards) 1998 and Raindance London Film School (2017).

    He has produced over 700 hundred short films and five feature films: the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead (2006), Deadly Virtues (2013), AMBER (2017), Love is Thicker Than Water (2018) and the SWSX Grand Jury Prize winner Alice (2019) and The Effects of Lying (2022).

    He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America. Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice). In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education. Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters than Elliot Grove.

    Photo Credit: Bertie Watson

  • Mark Mitchell

    Mark Mitchell

    Mark is the Creative Director at No Worries Marketing Solutions, with over 20 years in the design and creative industry working on projects form print to TB commercials and animation projects. Mark is a keen film enthusiast, and now a board member of The North East International Film Festival CIC.

The North East International Film Festival

A celebration of filmmaking inviting the world to head North East

18th – 24th November 2024

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.


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.

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.