With our sH2Orts competition entering its second stage, we have put together a diverse and highly experienced panel of judges to assess the pitches initially shortlisted by WorldView and WaterAid. Their opinions will help us to make the final decision as to which filmmakers will receive grants of up to £3,000.
The participating judges have diverse and unique backgrounds, from Oscar Nominees and BAFTA winners to UN consultants and media commissioners. They will be looking for original short films about the Future of Water that engage audiences through well-told creative storytelling, in keeping with the competition brief.
The deadline for applications is 18 May 2015.
Adam Gee is Multiplatform & Online Video Commissioning Editor for Channel 4. He is one of the most experienced commissioners in UK broadcasting of multiplatform interactive productions around TV. His projects range from Don’t Stop The Music and Fish Fight to Jamie’s Dream School and Embarrassing Bodies. He has won over 80 international awards for his productions, including four BAFTAs, an Emmy and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & Television Festival. Adam has served on BAFTA’s Television and Interactive Entertainment committees and is a voting member of the European Film Academy. He is a trustee of Culture24.
Moneeza Hashmi is President of the Public Media Alliance and General Manager – International Relations for Hum TV in Pakistan. She served as Director of Programmes at Pakistan Television for over four decades. Moneeza teaches Master’s classes on TV production at colleges and universities across Pakistan. She also works as a trainer/consultant for agencies such as Unicef, UNDP, GIZ, UNFPA, Action Aid and USAID. In 2013 she was appointed Benazir Bhutto Chair of Lahore College for Women.
Charlie Phillips is Head of Documentaries at the Guardian, and was previously Deputy Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest for seven years. Guardian Documentaries commissions and acquires new documentaries from around the globe for one of the world’s most visited serious online media platforms, the Guardian website.
Guy Davidi has been directing, shooting and editing since the age of 16. After directing several award winning short and mid-length documentaries, his second feature 5 Broken Cameras was nominated for an Oscar in 2013 in the best documentary section and won the 2013 international Emmy award for best documentary. Beside his work as a filmmaker, Guy has been teaching cinema for many years and is consulting on documentaries in the development and editing stages.
Victoria Noble is Executive Producer and Director of Production and Development, Factual, for Discovery Networks International (DNI). Victoria develops and executive produces some of DNI’s most successful factual and specialist factual programming for its male-skewing networks, including Discovery Channel. Recent credits include Wheeler Dealers, Supertruckers and The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe. Victoria is also responsible for identifying and developing new factual talent and programming for DNI.
Prior to joining Discovery Networks International in 2005, Noble held a number of roles in the UK independent production sector, including tenures with IWC where she made Ultimate Cars for Discovery, Optomen TV where she worked on Police Camera Action and Tern TV, working on lifestyle programming.