2018 ENGLISH RIVIERA FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS JUDGES
Mark Wilson (Wilz)
Mark has worked variously as a graphic designer and cartoonist, editing, creating, printing and distributing The Fish comic in the late 1980’s. He then went on to work for Honeycomb animation as storyboard artist for the fourth series of CITV’s National Film and Television Award winning ‘Wolves, Witches and Giants’ cartoon. In 2009 he devised and ran a Btec Level 3 Certificate and Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design Interactive Media (Animation) at Exeter College. In 2016 he became the co-ordinator of Animated Exeter & has run a Creative & Digital Apprentice Scheme at Exeter College.
He is currently programme leader of AS/A2 Fine Art (Film & Video) teaching all aspects of creative film making. Some of his students have gone on achieve in this area including a regional young Bafta nominee; the winner of the young Stranger Film Festival held in Holland in 2009 as well as a scholarship to work at Fabrica in Italy.
Mark is an accomplished musician, having recorded an NME single of the week and is currently working on a personal You Tube animation series ‘Margaret & Betty’ and has directed videos for ‘The Godfathers’ & ‘Stratton & Oakmont’ (for which he also writes and produces music and VJ’s live).
Check out his work on http://wildmanwilz.wixsite.com/art
Helen is a very established tourism professional on the English Riviera, currently Sales & Marketing Manager for The Osborne Apartments Resort in Torquay, an exclusive location for high quality self-catering holidays.
She is also a Board Director for the English Riviera BID Company, giving her an influence on destination marketing for the area. The ERBID Company is the Official Destination Management Organisation for Torbay and oversees the successful delivery of its 5 Year Business Plan focussing on driving up year round footfall and occupancy.
Helen also has an undoubted passion for the arts. A very good French speaker, she founded ‘Le Club Franglais’ in 2014 bringing the English Riviera’s Francophiles together to share their love of the language and culture. The following year Le Film Club was also born! Le Film Club is a monthly French Cinema which she runs at the Blue Walnut, showing a variety of titles of varying genres.
Alex left university in London in 1999 with a 2:1, and wasted no time in finding his first job in a post production house making tea. From there, he moved into working in a variety of roles on feature films, television series for BBC and ITV, advertisements, documentaries and pop promos. He now works at South Devon College, teaching directing and producing at FE level. Alex remains active in the industry whenever other work commitments allow, and over the past couple of years has worked on roles involving crews from the USA on films for Facebook with director Geoff Moore, a documentary on the Calais Jungle with twice Emmy nominated Stephanie Meurer, and on music videos with a visiting LA based director and photographer Ra Dreyfus.
Becky Louise Rich
Becky is an actor, writer, and director/teacher in the Devon and Torbay area. After graduating from Exeter University and teaching at Exeter College for three years, she became fully freelance; working professionally as an actor and drama facilitator. Throughout her self-employment, Becky has worked on many short films, within theatre, works regularly as an actor for corporate organisations, and runs many drama clubs. She has now taken over the youth theatre at Toads Theatre, and is growing the group by the minute. Look out for Arabian Nights which she is directing! Showing at The Little Theatre in Torquay in February.
Becky is also a writer; having written three interactive plays for Play Torbay during their Quest Builder, but also for PQA Exeter – a full length war play that was performed at the Barnfield Theatre. She is currently seeking representation for her Young Adult Novel, The Girl Beneath the Willow, which explores struggles with mental health when dealing with a loss – and is looking forward to growing her career as a writer. Becky can be contacted via: email@example.com.
Nigel runs Moonstone Theatre Company and is an Award Winning Theatre Director . Also he works for Plymouth University managing a European skills project across Devon . He has served as a Director and Trustee of the Exeter Phoenix, as well as a judge on the Two Short Nights film festival.
At the 2018 ERFF he also will be representing Equity Devon and Cornwall General Branch which he is a member.
His previous work background includes handling European money for the Learning and Skills Council and subsequently the Regional Development Agency. He also plays melodeon and looks after Phoenix Barn Dance Band, a folk rock ceilidh band concentrating on English music.
Paul Trainer is a freelance copy writer and playwright who has enjoyed critically successful runs on the Edinburgh Festival fringe of his plays Descent, Hum and The Rape Fields.