Find out more about the Film Hub South West team and put a name to a face, or a face to a name. Below you can find out more about our roles and responsibilities.
Talk to Neil about joining the hub, any questions you have about funding, training and support.
Maddy leads on the strategic development and delivery of Film Hub South West with the team.
She joined Watershed 15 years ago and is an experienced Producer of film events, talent and people with extensive experience of advocating for the cinema sector regionally, nationally and internationally. In her capacity as Vice President of Europa Cinemas, she plays an advocacy role for the cinema sector internationally and has directed several Audience Development Innovation Labs for cinema practitioners across the world.
Talk to Maddy about strategic partnerships, building the case for investment in the cinema sector and to find out how you can help shape the Film Hub South West strategy.
Nadia is a published film/TV journalist with an award-winning filmmaking background. At Met Film School she was a marketing manager and occasional directing mentor, and at Curzon she co-programmed popular ‘Midnight Movies’ events. Most recently she worked at the BFI as an Editor and Copywriter, where she was a culture champion and a member of the Race Equality Network steering group.
During this time she also graduated from the NFTS with a Script Development Diploma, and has freelanced for many years as a script reader/consultant for companies including Green Door Pictures, BFI, BBC, Studiocanal, Stage 32 and Channel 4. Her huge passion for storytelling also feeds her own work as a writer (her debut novel, Verge, will be published 11th May 2023).
Jess is an independent producer with a background in stop-motion animation. Having started producing her own short films, she has gone on to collaborate with writers and directors across animation, live action and documentary. Her filmmaking experience – producing projects for BBC, Channel 4 and the BFI – strongly influences her approach to talent development.
Previously, Jess worked on behalf of Cosgrove Hall Films Archive to design and deliver talent development opportunities for animation artists. Since moving to Bristol in 2022 she has supported the Film Hub South West team with the professional development of filmmakers across the region.
Mark Cosgrove, Cinema Curator at Watershed, the Film Hub Lead Organisation for the South West plays a Cultural Leadership role for Film Hub South West with a focus on Cinema Curation and Talent Development. He co-curates Filmic, a festival dedicated to the various creative connections across music and film, and set up Cinema Rediscovered, a new festival dedicated to bringing the finest new digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities from across the globe back to cinemas. He is also Director of Film Culture at University of West of England (UWE).
Talk to Mark about programming, special events and Bob Dylan. Mark also represents Film Hub South West at the BFI FAN signatories meetings so do get in touch with him if there’s a specific issue you would like him to address with BFI.
Ella is the Talent Comms & Outreach Coordinator and will be delivering compelling communication campaigns and outreach activity in support of BFI Film Academy and BFI NETWORK. Ella previously worked at Knowle West Media Centre as a Junior Producer, which included developing creative talent, delivering media commissions and working with clients such as Barnardos, University of Bristol, and WECA.
In their personal work, Ella has had their films played on BBC4 and BBC iPlayer, as well as casting multiple short films that are currently having successful runs on the festival circuit.
The next National Lottery Open Week will take place from Saturday 9 – Sunday 17 March 2024.
As part of the BFI Sustainable Screen Programme, Julie’s Bicycle is running a webinar for organisations working in the screen sector ‘beyond production’.