LFF 2020 Core Programming Team
Tricia Tuttle is Director of BFI Festivals. Previously Film Programme Manager at BAFTA and Event Producer at The Script Factory, Tricia has also worked as a programmer, lecturer, writer and journalist.
Michael Blyth is the Senior Film Programmer for the LFF and BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival. He is the author of the book Devil’s Advocates: In the Mouth of Madness (Auteur Publishing) and contributes to various publications, specialising in queer cinema and the horror genre.
Laure Bonville is the LFF’s lead documentary programmer. She previously worked in the Cinema department of the BFI Southbank and at the Hamburg short film festival and Clermont-Ferrand short film festival.
Hyun Jin Cho
Hyun Jin Cho is Film Programmer for the LFF. She was previously director of London Korean Film Festival and an archivist for Curzon Artificial Eye. She has curated projects for Tate, LUX, ICA and elsewhere and is currently researching the intersection of colonial history and the culture of cinema.
LFF 2020 Series and XR Programming Team
Ulrich Schrauth is XR & Immersive programmer for the LFF. He is the initiator and the creative director of the ’VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival‘ in Hamburg and supervises various international projects within the field of digital media as creative director.
Rowan Woods is the Episodic and Series Programmer and the Industry Events Programmer for the LFF. She also manages the international festival selector screening programme for the British Council and previously worked as a Development Executive at BBC Films.
LFF Programme and Strand Advisors
Geoff Andrew has been an LFF Programme Advisor and BFI Southbank Programmer since 1999. He has written extensively on film in numerous books, for Sight & Sound, Time Out and elsewhere; regularly teaches at the London Film School; and has served on juries in Cannes, Venice, Turin, Istanbul and many other festivals.
Robin Baker is the Head Curator for the BFI National Archive and a co-Advisor of the LFF’s Treasures from the Archive strand.
Sophie Brown is a Programme Advisor for the documentary selection. She has programmed documentaries for both international film festivals and UK cinemas, and writes about nonfiction cinema for Sight & Sound and her self-published TinyLetter project, Doctooth.
Helen de Witt
Helen de Witt is a Programme Advisor for the Experimenta strand. She is an independent curator and writer, and a lecturer in Film Studies at Birkbeck University of London and University of the Arts London. Helen was previously Head of Cinemas at the BFI.
Maria Delgado is a Programme Advisor on Spanish and Latin American cinema for the LFF. She is an academic based at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, critic and curator, who has programmed work for the BFI and ICA among others.
Peter Hames is Programme Advisor for Central and Eastern Europe and Russia for the LFF. His books include The Cinema of Central Europe, The Czechoslovak New Wave, and The Cinema of Jan Svankmajer. He is Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University and a member of the editorial board of Studies in Eastern European Cinema.
Justin Johnson is a Programme Advisor for the LFF’s Family strand and Animation. He is also Lead Programmer for BFI Southbank and has been on juries for BAFTA and many international festivals. Justin regularly talks about film in the media and has hosted events for BAFTA, TIFF and the Royal Television Society.
Sarah Lutton is a Programme Advisor for the LFF’s Nordic selection, specialising in films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Sarah has been contributing to LFF in a variety roles since 1998. Sarah also works with the British Council Film Team as a research and editorial consultant.
Will is the Curator of Contemporary Fiction at the BFI National Achive, ensuring that contemporary British moving image work is comprehensively represented in the national film and television collection.
Lynn Nwokorie is a Programme Advisor for the documentary selection. She is an Editorial and Programming Consultant working with international organisations including, Sundance, Doc Society and IFP. She previously worked as Film Officer for the UK’s national documentary film fund, the BFI Doc Society Fund.
Tega Okiti is Programme Advisor for Sub-Saharan African and Black Diaspora cinema. She is a Film Programmer and writer. Recent curatorial projects include No Direct Flight, Film Africa 2018, and Unbound: Visions of the Black Feminine. Tega has also written for outlets including Nataal, Sight & Sound, BFI Publishing and Another Gaze.
Julie Pearce is a co-Programmer of the Treasures from the Archive strand. She is currently Head of Distribution and Programme Operations at the BFI. Previously, Julie was Head of Programme Planning for BFI Southbank, Programmer at the BFI IMAX and a book and CD buyer for Virgin.
Sarah Perks is a Programme Advisor for LFF’s Experimenta strand. She is an independent curator, writer and producer and is Professor of MIMA School of Art & Design in Middlesbrough.
Paul Ridd is Programme Advisor for the LFF. He is Acquisitions Manager at Picturehouse Entertainment and an International Consultant for Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Jonathan Romney is a Programme Advisor for French cinema for the LFF. He writes for Film Comment, Sight & Sound, The Observer and others, and teaches at the NFTS.
Cary Rajinder Sawhney
Cary Rajinder Sawhney MBE is a Programme Adviser for the LFF’s South Asian selection. He is also Executive and Programming Director of the London Indian Film Festival, LoveIFFatHome and Brixton Reel Mental Wellbeing Film Festival, a filmmaker and former Head of Diversity at the BFI, and programme adviser at Doha Film Festival. He is a BAFTA member and Fellow of the RSA.
Elhum Shakerifar is an LFF Programme Advisor for Iran and the MENA region. She is a BAFTA nominated producer (A Syrian Love Story; Even When I Fall), recipient of the Women in Film and TV Factual Award 2017 and was named a Producer on the Rise in the Screen International Brit50 2018.
Keith Shiri is an LFF Programme Advisor for African cinema. He is an international film curator and a Visiting Research Fellow for the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) University of Westminster.
Leigh Singer is a Programme Advisor for the LFF. He is a freelance film journalist, programmer and video essayist for Sight & Sound, the BFI, Little White Lies, the BBC and other outlets, and teaches at the NFTS.
Damon Wise is a Programme Advisor for the LFF. A freelance film writer since 1987, his features, interviews and reviews have been published widely in various UK and US publications.
Adrian Wootton OBE is a Programme Advisor for the LFF’s Italian selection. He is the CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission and also programme advisor for the Venice Film Festival; Noir in Festival, Milan; and Curator of Cinema Made in Italy.
LFF Short Film Programmers
Nellie Alston is a short film programmer for the LFF. She has previously worked for London Short Film Festival, East End Film Festival, Film Africa and Chronic Youth festivals among others. She currently works for NT Live and also co-runs TAPE film collective.
Philip Ilson is a short film programmer for the LFF. He is also the Artistic Director of the London Short Film Festival, which he co-founded in 2004, and has previously worked as a programmer at the East End, Cork and Branchage Film Festivals as well as Curzon Soho Cinema.
Aduke King is a short film programmer for the LFF. She has previously worked for the festival in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as well as East End Film Festival, Underwire and London Short Film Festival and Aesthetica Short Film Festival.
Elaine Wong is an LFF Short Film Programmer, and has worked on the festival since 2016. She focuses her work on digital content across numerous formats and technologies. She has previously worked on several other festivals, including Sheffield Doc/Fest, and is a founding member of the London Video Club.