2016 Festival Guest Speakers

Nico Arfmann

Lawyer, Arfmann Rechtsanwalts GmbH, Karlsruhe.

Nico Arfmann is a German lawyer and owns the law firm Arfmann Rechtsanwalts GmbH, situated in Karlsruhe.  Arfmann Rechtsanwalts GmbH advises and represents international clients particularly in the field of IT law, intellectual property law, company law and commercial law.  Mr. Arfmann specialises in copyright, media and IT law. His clients are mainly software companies and operators of internet platforms, as well as photographers, designers, news agencies and photo agencies.

James Bryant

Video Strategy Manager, Skeleton Productions.

As Video Strategy Director at Skeleton, James helps well known brands such as Boots, Experian, & the European Investment Bank to achieve their goals with video. He creates well thought out strategies for Skeleton’s clients, and shows them how to get the best results from their video content.

Michael Ford

Producer, Be Inspired Films / Explore360 VR

Michael is an RTS award-winning producer of immersive stories for film, broadcast and VR. As well as being an associate producer of Be Inspired Films, and one of the founders of Explore360, a VR production studio headed by an experienced writing, directing and producing team (credits include BBC, Vertigo Films, Syco Entertainment), he is currently being mentored by Andrew Macdonald (‘ExMachina’, ‘The Last King of Scotland’) as an alumni of BFI ‘Guiding Lights’ and developing an original children’s sci-fi drama for the BBC.

Be Inspired Films is a film production company focused on bringing great ideas to life and telling stories that matter, for organisations creating a positive social impact in the world. They won the TV / Radio / Video Agency of the Year (under 40 staff) at this year’s RAR Awards. They train individuals and brands to get clarity and focus around their messaging and create good quality user generated video stories through the VideoKnowHow Academy.  Be Inspired clients include the Cabinet Office, Deutsche Bank, Virgin Trains, NHS, Siemens, TEDx, Government Digital Services, Tata Consulting Services, NESTA, Big Lottery Fund and many more.

Film Production – www.beinspiredfilms.co.uk

Video Training – www.videoknowhow.co.uk

360º / VR Production – www.explore360.space

(Please note, the new E360 website is under construction but will be completed by October.)

Markus Kambeck

Director, kambeckfilm GmbH and Founder of the MEKA Network, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Trained originally in sound engineering, Markus has always had a passion for, and belief in, the power of the screen industries to be able to impact and affect change. He developed quickly from working with sound into developing visual content, setting up his own film production company, kambeckfilm GmbH, in 2006. Now established as a successful production company in Karlsruhe, Germany, kambeckfilm has grown from strength to strength working with high profile companies such as Agilent Technologies, BASF, BOSCH, Daimler, Deutsche Bundesbank, L´Oreal, Zeiss and many more.

Markus is passionate about the value of creativity within content creation and always works to engage with innovation, whether technically or through concepts, to ensure his clients can be as successful with the reach of their films, and company brand, as possible.  This passion also led to Markus founding the MEKA network association in 2008 in order to connect the media and creative industries in and around Karlsruhe, enabling the individual organisations to develop both personal skills and business connections. MEKA has been very successful in allowing its members to engage with global developments in creativity as well as providing a collaborative cooperative for both inspiration and business resource purposes.

Kambeckfilm: http://www.kambeckfilm.de/

MEKA: http://www.meka.de/

Justin Kirby

Branded Content Specialist.

Justin Kirby has been writing about the impact of interactive technologies on business and marketing since the early 90s. His books include Connected Marketing (2005) and the Best of Branded Content Marketing (BOBCM) series he conceived and has been curating since 2013. Justin also chairs and speaks at conferences around the globe, judges awards, consults brands and agencies, and lectures at the University of the Arts London.

Jordan McGibney

Director, McGibney Productions.

Jordan McGibney is a working class Director based in Nottingham. Beginning his career in 2012 Jordan has gained quick critical acclaim winning the Best New Talent Award at the Royal Television Society. Alongside this Jordan has also been shortlisted for the Edinburgh International Television Festival One to Watch Scheme 2016. As a director he has worked for a number of companies including Channel Four, Derby Theatre and Expedia. Jordan continually works in Film, commercials, TV and Theatre with the aim to create visually complex and entertaining pieces of work. Alongside his paid work Jordan also studies under other directors, teaches, and mentors people within the industry.

Stefanie Malone

Executive Director, National Film Festival for Talented Youth, Seattle, Washington.

Stefanie Malone is the Executive Director of NFFTY, the world’s largest film festival for emerging directors under 25 and “One of the 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine. Stefanie also serves as Executive Producer of NFFTY Creative, an award-winning production company that connects NFFTY filmmakers with companies seeking original content. Prior to NFFTY, Stefanie had a successful history with PBS. She spent over a decade at KCTS (PBS – Seattle), serving as an Executive Producer and the Director of Engagement & Education. She has had the pleasure of working on projects with prominent filmmaker Ken Burns, who has called her “focused, smart and creative.” Stefanie continues to work with PBS, as an interactive and education consultant for WETA (PBS – Washington D.C.) on national programs such as Finding Your Roots and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Outside of NFFTY, Stefanie is a multi-award winning producer and documentary filmmaker, boasting an Emmy® Award and her work showing at festivals like Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival. Stefanie has her Master of Arts in Communication from Ohio University, where she was awarded a Public Broadcasting fellowship. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Seattle Women in Film.


Dr Yang MingDr Yang Ming

President of Xinhua Net Convergence Media Future Research Institute.

Dr Yang Ming is Dean of the School of Media and Communication, Jinling College, Nanjing University, as well as associate professor. Dr Yang has been key in developing media convergence since 2005 within the media industry and in 2012, created China’s first micro-film and creative media department and held the first Chinese College Student Micro-film Festival. The School of Media and Communication, Jinling College, Nanjing University is the only university that has the abilities of image creation and production, new media technology research and provides all media platforms of experimental education in China. Ming Yang is a senior journalist and producer of documentary. He is writer, editor, director & producer of “Sun Mingjing, Pioneer of China’s Film Education”.  This documentary film won the Best Documentary Gold Award in the 8th Paris Chinese Film Festival in France. He is involved in shooting “My Chinese Acquaintances” which has won the Gold Remi Award for Documentaries at Houston International Film Festival & Magnolia Award for Chinese International Documentary. He has played an active role in shooting “Masters”, a series of 10 documentaries.  He is producer of micro films for documentary, drama and advertising, including “Looking for Pan Deming”, “2013: Headline Crisis to Save the Planet”, “Li Baogen series” and “10 years:Modern Animal Research Center of Nanjing University”.

Neil Rostance

Managing Director of Fat Free Media.

Neil leads a team of ten filmmakers and animators to produce video content for brands around the world. For over ten years he has been on a mission to banish the words “Corporate Video” from the English language, and to help brands work with video in a more meaningful way.  Under Neil’s creative direction, the company develops video and animation content for brands such as Genting Casinos, Center Parcs, Toyota and Nottingham Trent University.

 Joe Talbot

Director and Producer.

Originally trained as an actor at LAMDA, Joe formed a theatre company with the world-renowned movement director Claude Chagrin before moving into television production, retraining under the guidance of Janet Street Porter. He graduated from floor manager to news director before becoming an award-winning promo director. He then directed and produced long form series for Discovery and commissioned over 300 hours’ worth of programming for both ITV and Turner. Joe has sat on the BAFTA sports panel as well as been a member of the jury at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.  In 2010, he co-founded the Short Form Film Company with his brother Sam concentrating on its creative output and directing original film across all genres of short form. His work now mainly focuses on directing the Jamie Johnson series for the BBC filmed entirely on location in Nottingham as well as developing WillShake and other feature length films for Short Form Film Co.