Director Yasmin Fedda is BAFTA-nominated documentary director; her films have screened extensively at festivals including Sundance and Edinburgh International Film Festival, and have been broadcast on BBC and Al Jazeera. She has made several films in or on Syria, most recently Queens of Syria (2014), which won the Black Pearl award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and best female director at Carthage Film Festival. Yasmin has a PhD in Transdisciplinary Documentary Film, and is also co-founder and programmer of Highlight Arts, an organisation that works with artists in times of conflict.
Producer Elhum Shakerifar is a BAFTA nominated producer and recent recipient of the BFI Vision Award, producing and distributing documentaries through her company Hakawati with the core ethos that a good story is all in the telling. Recent credits include winner of the BIFA for Best Documentary Almost Heaven (Carol Salter, 2017) and BFI/Sundance funded Even When I Fall (Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon, 2017). In 2015, she self-distributed her BAFTA nominated production A Syrian Love Story (Sean McAllister, 2015) in the UK to such high visibility that it was named #3 Best Film of 2015 by the Guardian. Her work has been broadcast internationally and screened at festivals including Berlinale, IDFA and Rotterdam. Elhum is a programme advisor for London Film Festival for films from MENA and Iran and Film Curator for Shubbak, festival of contemporary Arab culture. In 2017, she was nominated for the Arab British Centre’s Award for Culture and was awarded the Women in Film and TV Factual Award.
Producer Hugh Hartford is a producer/director whose credits include the feature films Thank You For The Rain co-produced with ZDF in association with ARTE and Ping Pong co-produced by BRITDOC for Film4. He’s had films released theatrically worldwide and screened documentaries at Hotdocs, Palm Springs, Zanzibar IFF; the UN, The Hague, and the UK Parliament. Hugh has worked with broadcasters around the world including BBC, ARTE, PBS, NRK, NBC, TVO, NHK, Channel 4. Hugh has won awards and secured finance from Creative Europe, Wellcome Trust, BRITDOC, Norwegian Arts Council, Norwegian Film Institute, Fritt Ord, Doha Film Institute, British Film Institute and Goodpitch (2012, 2016 & 2017).