We are very grateful to the WSFF judges, who dedicate their time for free not only to use their extensive experience and knowledge to decide on the winners for each award category, but also take the time to provide critiques and advice to the short filmmakers who enter the competition, as well as providing invaluable support to the festival itself.
The judges have been selected from different backgrounds in order to ensure that entries are viewed from multiple perspectives.
Peter successfully moves between
commercials and high profile TV
drama. For television he has directed
cult classics like Shameless, Teachers,
Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Vincent.
He won a Royal Television Society
Award for his period drama Garrow’s
Law for BBC1. Peter has written and
directed several prize winning short
films. His latest Dating Eliza recently
won 6 awards including top short
film prizes at LA Comedy Festival,
Bermuda Film Festival, Fasnet Short
Film Festival, The Sharks Festival in
Cork. He cut his directing teeth as
a documentary maker with award
winning films for BBC Arena and The
South Bank Show. His three-part
biography of Peter Sellers was BAFTA
nominated and won several major
awards in the US.
Lucy Mazdon has published widely
in the field of film and television, her
recent publications include essays
exploring Franco-British Cinematic
Relations (Je t’aime, moi non plus:
Franco-British Cinematic Relations,
Berghahn, 2010). Currently Mazdon
teaches courses on contemporary
French cinema, French cinema of the
1930’s, and cinema and childhood,
at the renowned University of
Lorne Guy’s company Good Guys
Productions has produced adverts
and film dramas for brands such as
Gillette, Serco, and the Home Office.
Good Guys origins lay within theatre,
but moved ten years ago into video
film production and now produce ads,
promo campaigns, dramas and
corporate dramas. Lorne’s short
films have been around the world,
winning audience awards in LA,
Brighton and San Francisco. Lorne was
also a winner of a Royal Television
Society award in 2010, an LA-based
Sony Movie Competition award in
2012 and pushed a bit of comedy as a
finalist at the 2011 CoFilmic Comedy
Awards. His first feature road movie
is currently in development with
Following many years in a varied
career including working in marketing,
circus ownership and freelancing in
radio, Paul Carter has been at the
University of Winchester for fifteen
years where he is a Senior Lecturer.
He specialises in early film history and
technology and started the programme
in Media and Film Production. He has
a particular interest in editing and
post production, and is an Apple
A graduate of the University of
Plymouth’s innovative Media Lab arts
degree course, Underwood has worked
on projects for the BBC, CITV, and
award-winning children’s television
production company Darrall Macqueen.
Currently working as graphic designer,
he moonlights as a committee member
for the Winchester Film Society.
Jonah Weston is an award-winning
documentary filmmaker. With twenty
five years in the business, he has
worked for all the major broadcasters
both here and in the US, including
BBC and Channel 4, the Discovery
Channel and National Geographic.
He was BAFTA nominated for his first
film An Anatomy of Disgust and his
film Feral Children remains the highest
rated documentary ever on Channel 4
Television. Jonah now works mainly
as an Executive Producer, helping
directors bring their vision to the screen.
Sarah Li has been working in film
for the past five years. She is now
directing independent documentaries
around the world, having produced
short films which have been selected
for Oscar and BAFTA qualifying
film festivals. She has worked with
established industry talent such as
Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The
Wire), Anthony Head (Buffy The
Vampire Slayer); David Johnson
(DOP Aliens 3; Resident Evil) and
Owen McPolin (DOP Penny Dreadful).
When her home is not a guesthouse
or a friends spare room, her base is in
Stockbridge where she grew up.
Winchester Short Film Festival is run by Winchester Film & Art CIC.
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