The Nottingham International Microfilm Festival is curated by members and friends of the Nottingham Screen Partnership, bought together from across a range of organisations:
Director of NIM Festival and International Team Manager, Nottingham City Council
Faith Blakemore is the International Team Manager for Nottingham City Council working to develop Nottingham’s relationship to key business sectors, including the areas of film and creative/digital industries, within India, Germany, the US and China. As a key member of the Nottingham Screen Partnership management board, she also acts as Director of Nottingham International Microfilm Festival, developing the festival and its global connections which includes speaking at festivals across the world.
Alastair Clark founded Wellington Films in 2000 with producing partner Rachel Robey.
In 2005 they were cited by Screen International as Stars of Tomorrow in their annual feature. Their BAFTA nominated debut feature, LONDON TO BRIGHTON(Edinburgh International Film Festival 2006, Toronto International Film Festival 2006) earned them the Best Achievement in Production award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards and a nomination at the London Critics Circle Film Awards for British Film Producers of the Year. It was released to widespread critical acclaim by Vertigo Films and has since been named by TimeOut London as one of the top 100 British films of all time.
Alastair has taught on many film production courses, including at the Met Film School, National Film & Television School, BFI Film Academy, London Film Academy, Nottingham Academy, Film London Microschool and Film Business School in Spain.
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, Nottingham Trent University
John Collins is an award-winning journalist and programmer who is now a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. He remains active within both the television and radio industries as a presenter, journalist and commentator with the BBC, Bauer Media and Notts TV. Academically, he teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate journalism programmes with a particular emphasis on practical journalism skills and media law. Having worked almost exclusively in his native Midlands, his is one of only three voices to feature on the BBC’s “Sounds of Derbyshire” archive alongside Dennis Skinner and Brian Clough.
Director of the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, Nottingham Trent University
Carole Fleming is Director of the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. A former print and broadcast journalist, her role at CBJ involves developing undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses, ensuring they provide students with the skills and knowledge for successful careers in journalism. She was closely involved in the launch of Notts TV, and helped to develop a unique scheme that allows students to work with professional broadcasters on work placements and as volunteers. Her publications include The Radio Handbook (Routledge 2010), An Introduction to Journalism (Sage 2006), and Women in Journalism (Routledge 2004).
Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Nottingham.
Paul is a member of the Institute for Screen Industries Research. He is the author of several books which explore branding and promotional screen practice in the contemporary media environment. These include Promotional Screen Industries (co-authored with Catherine Johnson, 2015), Ephemeral Media: Transitory Screen Culture from Television to YouTube (2011) and Brand Hollywood: Selling Entertainment in a Global Media Age (2008). He is on the editorial board of Cinema Journal and Screen.
Associate Professor in Culture, Film and Media, Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham.
Catherine’s research explores media industries, particularly Television, and the changes that have taken place within the media. This includes looking at issues such as changes in regulation, the rise of cable, satellite and digital television, and the threat to public service broadcasting, the emergence of new genres and styles of television programming, as well as new media policies and funding regimes. She has written numerous books including Promotional Screen Industries (co-authored with Paul Grainge), Branding Television (Routledge, 2012), Transnational Television History (Routledge, 2012), and ITV Cultures (Open University Press, 2005).
Catherine has also worked with media archivists on two EU funded projects, making audio-visual material available online (Video Active and EUscreen) and has acted as consultation with the BFI’s National Archive and the British Universities Film and Video Council.
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.
Digital Media education Manager at New College Nottingham.
A graduate of the University of Sunderland in Broadcast Systems, Jonathan started out in commercial focused work in Leeds at Yorkshire Television. With a technical background (vision control and post-production) he has worked on programs including Emmerdale, The Price is Right, Countdown and live studio broadcasts. Jonathan also worked as freelance editor for Screenhouse Productions, editing content for SKY and factual programming for ITV.
Jonathan lectured in Television and Film production for over 10 years and managed Digital Media education in Nottingham at Confetti before moving to NCN ( New College Nottingham) where he has been since 2010.
Senior Executive for the Asia Business Centre at The University of Nottingham, Chair of the East Midlands China Business Association, UK Sister City Coordinator for the Sichuan Provincial Government (2015-2018).
Min has 19 years of frontline professional experience of promoting UK-China collaboration across trade, investment, civic, education and cultural collaboration, both at delivery and strategic levels. Min worked at Foreign Affairs Office of Sichuan Provincial Government for 5 years to support Sichuan (Southwestern China) international partnerships with European and American countries. After obtaining a Master degree in the UK in 2004, Min acted as the China Business Advisor for Leicestershire and then the East Midlands China Business Bureau till 2011. During the 7 years, Min has supported 500 companies and institutions in the East Midlands region to develop business links with China. In 2010 Min played a key role to bring Changan Automobile, China’s largest domestic car maker to invest and set up UK R&D Centre in Nottingham.
Min joined the University of Nottingham in 2011 as Senior Executive of Asia Business Centre, which is dedicated to support the University’s knowledge exchange activities with China and Asia. Her team won Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award 2013: Outstanding International Strategy within 2 years. To support Chinese business community in the UK, Min has been running the China Business Association in the East Midlands since 2011. Min is the Chair of Mainstream Partnership which is funded by Arts Council to support Black Minority Ethnic (BME) artists and art practitioners to develop professionally. Min was commended for the Mulan Award 2014 which recognises Chinese women’s achievements in the UK (Contribution to Public Service and Community).
Director of the Institute for Screen Industries Research, University of Nottingham
Gianluca Sergi teaches film and television at the University of Nottingham, where he is the director of the Institute for Screen Industries Research. He is also the founder and first chair of the Nottingham Screen Partnership. As a scholar, Sergi’s primary interest and work has focused on the film industry, especially in the US. He has worked in the areas of film production and filmmaking practices, film sound, and studio and labour organisations. He has published books, industry white papers and articles on all of these subjects.
Associate Professor in Film and Television Studies at the University of Nottingham
Julian Stringer studied film as an undergraduate student at the Polytechnic of North London and as a graduate student at Indiana University-Bloomington. Currently Associate Professor in Film and Television Studies at the University of Nottingham, he has published widely on film festivals, East Asian cinema, Hollywood and transnational filmmaking. His books include The Korean Cinema Book (co-eds, British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming), Japanese Cinema (co-eds, Routledge, 4 vols, 2015), New Korean Cinema (co-eds, Edinburgh University Press, 2005), and Movie Blockbusters (ed., Routledge, 2003).
Alison acts as a conduit between Confetti Media Group’s creative businesses and external companies to develop and produce work briefs and create industry work experiences for Confetti’s current students and recent graduates, including production and technical roles on a number of Notts TV shows which she production manages.
Before this, Alison was Skills and Training Exec at regional film support screen agency EM Media, having previously worked in a number of production and post-production roles for over a decade at the BBC in London on programmes ranging from documentary to live studio entertainment.