This year’s jury is made up of:
Jury chair Elizabeth Karlsen
Producer: Carol, Colette
Director: For Sama
Actor: Rastamouse, Doctor Who
Actor: Normal People
Elizabeth Karlsen, jury chair
Elizabeth Karlsen is an internationally renowned, award-winning producer, who co-founded the leading independent UK based production company Number 9 Films in 2002 with partner Stephen Woolley. In February 2019, Elizabeth and Stephen jointly received the highly prestigious and coveted BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. She has produced some of the most celebrated independent films in the US and Europe, including: Todd Haynes’ Carol (nominated for 6 Academy Awards, 6 Golden Globe Awards and 9 BAFTA Awards) Mark Herman’s Little Voice (winner of a Golden Globe Award, nominated for 1 Academy Award, 6 Golden Globe Awards and 6 BAFTA Awards) Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game (winner of an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and nominated for 6 Academy Awards), Made In Dagenham (nominated for 3 BAFTA Awards) and Phyllis Nagy’s Mrs Harris (nominated for 12 Emmy Awards, 3 Golden Globe Awards and a PGA Award) and Wash Westmoreland’s Colette (nominated for 4 BIFA’s and an Independent Spirit Award). Other work includes On Chesil Beach, written by Ian McEwan and directed by Dominic Cooke, and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth (nominated for 1 Academy Award and winner of 3 European Film Awards). Her work with Stephen Woolley has garnered a total of 52 BAFTA nominations and wins and 20 Academy Award nominations and wins. Elizabeth is currently in post-production on her latest feature, Mothering Sunday, written by Alice Birch and directed by Eva Husson, starring Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Sope Dirisu, Colin Firth and Olivia Colman.
In 2009, 18-year-old Waad al-Kateab moved to Aleppo to study marketing at the University of Aleppo. In 2011, when protests against the Assad regime swept the country, Waad taught herself how to film and became a citizen journalist, determined to document the horrors of the war. During this time, Waad began reporting for Channel 4 News in the UK. The reports she made for Channel 4 on the conflict in Syria, and the most complex humanitarian crisis in the world, became the most watched pieces on the UK news programme – and received almost half a billion views online and won 24 awards – including the 2016 International Emmy for breaking news coverage.
Waad documented her whole life over 5 years in Aleppo, as she fell in love and gave birth to her first daughter, Sama (“Sky”) in 2015. This footage became the basis of the feature documentary released in 2019, For Sama. Directed together with Edward Watts, For Sama won the Prix L’Œil d’or for best documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, receiving a 6-minute standing ovation. At the 73rd British Academy Film Awards in 2020, For Sama became the most nominated documentary in the history of the BAFTAs with 4 nominations, ultimately winning for Best Documentary. For Sama received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature at the 2020 Academy Awards. Waad has also received several personal recognitions for her work as an activist and filmmaker, including the IDA Courage Under Fire Award, a Special Recognition for Courage in Filmmaking at DOC NYC Festival and a place in the 2020 Time100 List of Most Influential People. Waad currently continues to work with Channel 4, is a mentor to female journalists and dedicates time to her advocacy campaign, Action For Sama.
Reggie Yates is an award winning writer, director, broadcaster and documentary maker. Reggie’s career has seen him move from fronting children’s programming, to national radio, to hosting hit Saturday night show The Voice, to become an RTS award-winning documentary maker to making feature films and dramas. In the last 5 years, Reggie has become synonymous with critically acclaimed documentaries that have aired on BBC and Netflix, including Extreme Russia, for which Reggie was awarded Best Presenter for the Royal Television Society Awards, Best Factual Programme at the Edinburgh TV Festival, and Best Multi-Channel Programme at the Broadcast Awards. In 2020 Reggie began shooting his first feature-length film, Pirates, which has been funded by BBC Films and the BFI and he has had his debut as a writer on BBC Three with the critically acclaimed Make Me Famous. Reggie has also recently launched a youth initiative called Pass The Mic, which aims to provide the education, network and support needed to help underprivileged creatives and give them a pathway into the film and television industry.
Daisy Edgar-Jones trained with the National Youth Theatre before landing her first role at the age of 17 as a series regular in the British comedy-drama Cold Feet, alongside James Nesbitt, for ITV. In 2019, she shot an independent coming-of-age feature film, Pond Life, which was directed by Bill Buckhurst. Most recently, Daisy was seen playing the lead role of Marianne in the adaptation of the Sally Rooney novel Normal People, directed by Lenny Abrahamson. The series met with critical acclaim as did Daisy’s performance, which earned her IMDb’s Breakthrough STARMeter Award, a Madame Figaro Rising Star Award, a Rose d’Or Emerging Talent Award – making Daisy the first-ever winner of this award – as well as being named one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ for 2020 and being picked by The Hollywood Reporter for their Next Gen 2020 list. In February of 2020 Daisy appeared as Zara in Mike Bartlett’s Albion, at the Almeida Theatre. Daisy is soon to start filming her lead role in Legendary’s upcoming feature film Fresh, directed by Mimi Cave, and has recently been announced to star in the film adaption of Delia Owens’ novel Where The Crawdads Sing, as the titular role of Kya.
Featured as one of BAFTA’s breakthrough Brits in 2016 and one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ in 2013, British actor Malachi Kirby has since established himself as a versatile actor with a range of roles across television, film and theatre. He has recently wrapped on feature film Boiling Point, starring alongside Stephen Graham, and also a leading role in Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated BBC/Amazon series Small Axe. Malachi was seen playing a lead role in the action series Curfew, produced by Tiger Aspect. He is soon to be seen in TV series Devils. Malachi played the lead, ‘Kunta Kinte’, in the remake of Roots, starring opposite Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin. Other television credits include a leading role in season 3 of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror in the episode Men Against Fire. He was also seen in BBC Three’s critically acclaimed My Murder, opposite John Boyega, and in hugely popular series Doctor Who, Jekyll & Hyde and Silent Witness. Malachi was nominated for ‘Outstanding Newcomer’ at the Evening Standard Theatre awards in 2011 for his role in Mogadishu at the Lyric Theatre. He also recently appeared in The Donmar’s hugely popular Belleville, alongside James Norton and Imogen Poots. Film credits include My Brother The Devil, which won the cinematography award at Sundance, Ron Scalpello’s Offender, heart-warming comedy Dough, and short films Exhale and Checkpoint.