Jeanie Finlay is one of Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. She creates
award-winning work for cinema and television, telling intimate stories to international
audiences. She has made films for HBO, IFC, BBC as well as four commissions
for the acclaimed BBC Storyville strand, including BIFA nominated The Great Hip
Hop Hoax and BIFA Award-winning Orion:The Man Who Would Be King.
Whether inviting audience behind the scenes of Teesside’s last record shop in her home town (SOUND IT OUT), or to share the extraordinary journey of a British transgender man, pregnant with his child (BIFA nominated Seahorse) or onto the set of the world’s biggest television show (Emmy nominated Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch), all of Jeanie's films are all made with the same steel and heart, sharing an empathetic approach to bringing overlooked and untold stories to the screen.
Seahorse is her eighth feature film.
James Gardner is a director and screenwriter from Hereford, England. He is a graduate of the
UK’s National Film & Television School (Directing Fiction MA) and known for writing and directing
the short films Barry Glitter, The Car Washer and festival favourite Ferris & The Fancy
Pigeon, which was shortlisted for Odeon’s ‘Best Short of the Year’ and won the Royal Television
Society award for ‘Best Drama’ in 2017.
James’s debut feature film JELLYFISH premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2018 and had its International premiere shortly after at Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it won the ‘Michael Powell Award’ for ‘Best Performance in a British Feature Film’. In September 2018 Jellyfish won the Grand Jury, Critic, Screenplay and inaugural Performance ‘Hitchcock’ awards at Dinard Film Festival. In October 2018 it won ‘Best Film’ at the 16th edition of Alice Nella Cittá (Rome Film Festival). In December 2018 Jellyfish won the ‘Golden Goats’ Grand Jury award for Best Film, as well as the ‘Marcin’ Youth Jury award for Best Film.
James likes skateboarding, currently lives in London and is in development of several TV and feature film projects. He is represented by Independent Talent in the UK and World Builder Entertainment in the USA.
Kellen Playford founded Norwich film festival in 2009 after discovering a lack of platforms in the
regions for filmmakers to showcase their work. He has a BA and an MA in film from Norwich
University of the Arts, and has spent the last decade promoting Norwich as a filmmaking hub, while
also finding time to produce his own short documentary and creative projects.
His recent short documentary called 'Moving Portraits: Rachael Long', which is part of a series focusing on the work of artists has been screened at various galleries and exhibitions throughout Norfolk and was shown on BBC Look East.