Film Fund Evaluators
Anton Calleja, Yr 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Anton Calleja studied Film Production in Rome (EMAM) in 2001.He also participated and completed the EAVE European Producers Training. Prior to that he graduated Doctor of Laws with a thesis on fiscal and financial incentives for the film industry. He practiced as a lawyer in Malta and also worked in London and Luxembourg. As a lawyer, he advised and represented producers and other film industry players. Since 2006, Anton has been working as a Project Manager at Eurimages (the European co-production fund) where he takes care of feature films and feature-length documentaries. He is also in charge of legal affairs. Recent co-production projects managed by Anton at Eurimages include Feature Films such as “LE SILENCE DE LORNA” - Dardenne brothers (2008-Best screenplay Award Cannes); “THE WHITE RIBBON/DAS WEIßE BAND” - Michael Haneke (2009-Palme d'Or & FIPRESCI Prize Cannes; Best Film, Director, Screenwriter EFA); “LA SOLITUDINE DEI NUMERI PRIMI” - Saverio Costanzo (2010-Best Actress Venice FF); “HABEMUS PAPAM” - Nanni Moretti (2011-Off. Comp. Cannes); “SHUN LI AND THE POET” - Andrea Segre (2012 - Winner of LUX PRIZE), “PARADA” - Srdjan Dragojevic (2012-Panorama Audience Award Berlinale); “IN THE FOG” - Sergei Loznitsa (2012-FIPRESCI prize, Off. Comp. Cannes); “NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON” - Bille August (2013-Berlinale); “KRUGOVI/CIRCLES” - Srdan Golubovic (2013-Special Jury Award Sundance; Berlinale); “LA GRANDE BELLEZZA” - Paolo Sorrentino (2013 - Oscar for best foreign film in 2014, Golden Globe for best foreign film, Off. Comp. Cannes); “MARGUERITE” - Xavier Giannoli (2015 - Venice FF, 4 Cesar Awards) and “MIA MADRE” - Nanni Moretti (2015 - Off. Comp. Cannes, 2 David di Donatello Awards) and Feature-length documentaries such as “INTO ETERNITY” - Michael Madsen (2010-IDFA Green Screen Award); “FORGOTTEN SPACE” - Noel Burch and Allan Sekula (2010-Orizzonti Special Jury Prize Venice FF); “VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS” - Victor Kossakovsky (2011-Nominated for Best Documentary Award EFA); “MICHEL PETTRUCCIANI” - Michael Radford (2011-Cannes); “WHORES GLORY” - Michael Glawogger (2011), “WE COME AS FRIENDS” - Hubert Sauper (2013 - Peace Film Prize Berlinale and Special Jury Award Sundance), “FRANCOFONIA” - Alexandre Sokourov (2015 - Venice FF) and “A GERMAN YOUTH” - Jean-Gabriel Periot (2015 - Berlinale).
Paula Callus, Yr 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Thomas Charles Craig, Yr 2013, 2014, 2015
Thomas Charles Craig after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a Masters in Film Studies, Tom Craig commenced his professional career in 1997 when he began teaching Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University. Since then he has taught at a number of high profile institutions and has given guest lectures around the United Kingdom. He joined the University of Derby in 2004 and quickly rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer in Film. In 2010 Tom was promoted to the position of Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies, and in 2013 he was appointed as the Programme Leader of both BA (Hons) Film Production and BA (Hons) Production Design. In addition to teaching at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Level, Tom has substantial management experience and has been involved in the writing and successful validation of a number of industry-standard film and media courses. In August 2013 Tom was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of his subject knowledge and commitment to teaching excellence. In addition to his academic interests, Tom is an accomplished writer and producer in his own right. Following a run of critically acclaimed short films, Tom turned his hand to feature film production in the form of the supernatural thriller Cold Mile House. The film will be directed by veteran New Zealand filmmaker Christine Parker (Channelling Baby/Peach/One Man’s Meat). The creative team behind the film includes Oscar nominated Producer Catherine Fitzgerald (Blueskin Films), Denise Kum (Aeon Flux, Whalerider, Spartacus) and Jane Morton (Ratcatcher, Peter and the Wolf). Outside of his own film work, Tom is a keen supporter of community filmmaking, education and empowerment. Over the past few years Tom has delivered lectures for ‘Films for Schools’ week, introduced public screenings at local arts cinemas, and helped marginalised communities tell their stories through the medium of film. Recent press coverage of Tom’s work includes: the BBC, AOL News, Channel 4, Balance magazine, the Derby Telegraph, and Focus magazine. He is also regularly featured on British television and radio in relation to both his own work and his knowledge of film as a medium.
Clare Downs, Yr 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Clare Downs began her career in the film business as co-director of the Association of Independent Producers (1978-1980), and Director of International Creative Affairs for the Ladd Company/Warner Bros (1981-1983). She produced the BAFTA award winning short, THE DRESS (1984), the San Sebastian screenwriting prize HIGH SEASON (1987). She was the founder member of the script analysis team of the MEDIA producer training programme, EAVE (since 1989), the Jerusalem International Film Lab (since 2011) and the Malta Film Fund (since 2011). She has delivered numerous script-writing workshops, and Master classes in Screenwriting and in Development Strategies, internationally. She has her own Script Development consultancy, writing reports and working on individual projects with both film funds and filmmakers throughout the world.
Sandra Sciberrras, Yr 2012, 2013
Sandra Sciberras, having received a Diploma in Performing Arts, Sandra Sciberras was already gaining a reputation for writing performance based independent theatre. For her undergraduate course at VCA School of Film and Television, her graduating short film Frail Mary launched her writing and directing career. Only months after graduating, she received her first feature film new writer’s grant from The Australian Film Commission. One year out of film school, Sandra moved into directing commercials and music film clips but her desire to write and direct narrative feature length films helped her move away from the commercial industry not long after entering it. Eager to direct her first non short film, Sandra wrote and directed the independent low budget feature Deeper Than Blue with Kate Whitbread producing. It premiered at the 50th Sydney International Film Festival, where the reviews were impressive. The film gained her enough attention to be invited to participate in the new Indivision program that the Australian Film Commission was launching. The powerful art house drama The Caterpillar Wish was the first film selected and financed under this program. The Caterpillar Wish in which she wrote and directed was released through Palace Films with Kate Whitbread producing once again. Commissioned to write a more commercial based screenplay by Kate Whitbread and Spencer McLaren at Momo Films, Surviving Georgia is her third film script to move into production. Sandra has worked with numerous producers ghost writing and editing screenplays in-between major productions. Sandra has developed several screenplays over the last few years, where she is attached as Director. Sandra teaches at the University of Melbourne Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and television; where she is Lecturer – Course Convenor of both the Master of Film and Television (2nd Year/Narrative) and Master of Screenwriting courses. She is also the Post Graduate Program Convenor.
Katie Newman, Yr 2012
Katie Newman is an award-winning producer who has worked extensively across the development and production of television drama series, feature films and digital media. Katie began her career working within the Feature Film Story Department at Fox Studios Australia and, since moving to the UK in 2002, worked for Carlton and Shine, before spending six months in Kenya with the British charity, Mediae, Producing / Script Editing the Kenyan series, Makutano Junction. Katie joined Impossible Pictures in 2006 and is responsible for a slate of high end UK and international co-productions, working with partners in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Germany and Australia. Katie was part of the creative team that secured the commission for Sinbad (Sky 1), worked on Primeval (ITV) as Script Producer / Co-Producer and was the UK Producer of Primeval Evolved (winner of an International Emmy Award and BAFTA nomination for Best Digital Series). Katie is the Executive Producer of the North American Primeval spin-off: Primeval: New World. Katie has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Film and Television Production from Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Charlie Cauchi, Yr 2011
Charlie Cauchi holds a BA and MA in Film Studies from Queen Mary, University of London. She is a doctoral candidate in the department of Film Studies at Queen Mary, where she also currently acts as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Film and Contemporary Italian Cinema. Using Malta as a case study, her current research aims to provide in-depth analysis of this lesser-known example of world cinema.
Jane Rogoyska, Yr 2011
After graduating from Cambridge University, Jane Rogoyska studied film direction at the Northern School of Film and Television in Leeds and the Polish National Film School in Lodz. She has made a series of award-winning short films. She has worked extensively as a director and writer of commercials, branding and event films and is currently developing two feature projects. She co-wrote the feature script WARD SIX with Clive Bradley, developed by Parallax East, and has written two spec feature scripts. She is the author of two books on history of art, Klimt and Modigliani, published by Parkstone Press.
Aaron Young, Yr 2016
Aaron Young is a BAFTA-nominated producer and director working in both TV and film. On the television side, Aaron is the producer/director of ‘Normandy ’44: The Battle Beyond D-Day’ (BBC 2014), ‘The Battle for Malta’ (BBC 2013), ‘Great British Story: Shorts’ (BBC 2012), ‘Dam Busters: The Race to Smash the German Dams’ (BBC 2011), ‘Battle of Britain: The Real Story’ (BBC 2010), and producer of ‘Durga – The Goddess Comes To London’ (five 2006). He has also worked across a number of other singles and series, including ‘Christina: A Medieval Life’ (BBC 2008), ‘In Search of Myths & Heroes’ (BBC/PBS 2004) and ‘Walking The Bible: A Journey into Three Faiths’ (PBS 2005). Between 2004 and 2010, Aaron worked as a producer for the UK Film Council’s Short Film Completion Fund, the last three years running the fund as Completion Fund Executive. The scheme was supported by the National Lottery through the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund. During its time, the Completion Fund achieved a consistently high level of success including a BAFTA win, four BAFTA nominations, and an OSCAR® shortlisting. The Completion Fund films have screened at many prestigious festivals all over the world including Sundance, Venice, Cannes, London, Edinburgh, Tribeca, Slamdance, Berlin and Toronto. Aaron maintains a strong interest in dramatic cinema and continues to develop a slate of projects comprised of both shorts and features.