Festival Team

James Collie (Festival Director)

James has a wide range of film experience which includes documentary producing, programming, and distribution. His hands-on approach to distribution with Violet Pictures encourages innovation and collaboration, highlights include the Hoop Dreams 25th anniversary release with partners including Mubi, iPlayer, BT Sport, Dogwoof, and Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project with Mubi, Modern Films Curzon Home Cinema and the BFI Player. He has also worked on educational projects for the Open City Documentary Festival and has been a jury member at Sheffield Doc Fest.

Lisa Hobbs (Special Events)

Lisa is a graduate of NYU Film School. She has worked in the performing arts in Special Events Fundraising with The Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Ballet Theatre, and more recently The Henley Festival and The Henley International Film Festival. She has experience in creating, implementing, and managing patron and membership-based funding streams based around events.

Charlie Phillips (Programmer)

Charlie is the Head of Video at The Guardian, commissioning and acquiring new short documentaries from all around the world for the Guardian documentaries strand, and managing all moving image for the Guardian’s platforms, including news, sport, and culture as well as documentaries. Films in the documentary strand have been multi award-winning, including the winner of the short documentary Oscar in 2021. Charlie was previously Deputy Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest for 7 years before joining The Guardian in 2014 to create the documentary strand, and prior to that he was Editor of Four Docs for Channel 4.

Guest Programmer for 2022

Melanie Iredale : Birds Eye View

Birds Eye View is a UK wide charity with a mission to bring a broader perspective of the world through cinema.