Grand Jury

Penny Woolcock Penny Woolcock (Chair)


Penny Woolcock’s fiction films include 1 Day, which preceded her hit documentary One Mile Away, Mischief Night, The Principles of Lust and The Margate Exodus. Television work includes the Tina series and Macbeth on the Estate. Her documentaries - On the Streets, The Wet House, and latest Going to the Dogs, explore marginalised subjects. She directed opera at the Metropolitan, immersive installation at the Roundhouse, and archive film with the BFI.


Nick Bradshaw Nick Bradshaw

Film Critic

Nick Bradshaw is the web editor of Sight & Sound, where he pays particular attention to contemporary documentaries. He has written about cinema for many national and international magazines and newspapers. His interests span documentary, animation, shorts, Golden Age Hollywood and experimental movies. He is a sometime documentary filmmaker, with a MFA in Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts.


Charlotte Cook Charlotte Cook

Co-Founder, Field of Vision / Programmer

Charlotte Cook is a curator, writer and producer who co-created Field of Vision, a film unit that commissions short-form, episodic, creative visual journalism. Previously Director of Programming at Hot Docs, and Head of Film Programming and Training at The Frontline Club, she has worked with BBC Storyville, the Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation’s Puma Creative Catalyst Fund and EIFF, curating the strand Conflict | Reportage. Charlotte is also programmer at CPH:DOX.

Chris Harris Chris Harris

Programmer, Picturehouse DOCS

Chris has been a Picturehouse Cinemas programmer since 2007, and founded Picturehouse DOCS strand, which screens the best documentary releases with director Q&As at Picturehouse Cinemas across the UK. Recent films screened include The Look of Silence, Listen to Me Marlon, Addicted to Sheep and A Syrian Love Story. Chris also programmes documentaries at Picturehouse Central, establishing a home for non-fiction in the West End.

Wotienke Vermeer Wotienke Vermeer

New Media Producer, IDFA

Wotienke Vermeer works for IDFA’s new media programme DocLab, showcasing the best interactive non-fiction and how the digital revolution reshapes documentary. She was the film programmer at London’s Frontline Club, an organisation that champions independent journalism. Wotienke also curates the documentary strand of the Dutch cultural platform We Are Public, hosts a biweekly evening of short documentaries and gives tribute to her favorite protagonists with her band NANOOKS.

Open City Jury

Lucien Castaing-Taylor Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Chair)


Lucien is a prolific anthropologist and artist who works in film, video, and photography. His most famous works include Leviathan (2012), Sweetgrass (2009), and In and Out of Africa (1992). He has taught at Harvard University since 2002, where he is Director of the Sensory Ethnography Lab. He has written 4 published books on cinematic theory, and is Founding Editor of the journal, Visual Anthropology Review.

Jemma Desai Jemma Desai

Programmer, British Council/BFI London Film Festival

Jemma Desai is Film Programme Manager at the British Council, and programmes for BFI London Film Festival. She contributes to Sight & Sound, BFI online, Little Joe, Under The Influence and Cléo Film Journal and BBC radio. In 2012 Jemma founded I am Dora, a curatorial initiative exploring how women identify with one another through film. She is currently exploring the cultural relations potential of emerging filmmaking technology like VR.

Mads Mikkelsen Mads Mikkelsen

Programmer, CPH:DOX

Mads Mikkelsen is a programmer at CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival – since 2008, and is currently Head of Selection Committee at the festival. CPH:DOX is one of the largest documentary festivals in the world with a profile that borders on staging, visual art and performance as well as other art forms. The next edition takes place in March 2017.

Luke Moody Luke Moody

Head of Film, Britdoc

Luke Moody is Head of Film at BRITDOC. He manages the film funds slate including Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund, Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund, Pulse BRITDOC Genesis Fund and BRITDOC Circle Fund. Recently completed supported projects include 'All These Sleepless Nights', 'Shadow World', 'The Opposition', 'Hooligan Sparrow' and 'The Borneo Case.' Moody manages BRITDOC's distribution initiatives like and independently curates the new documentary festival

Elhum Shakerifar Elhum Shakerifar


Elhum Shakerifar is a BAFTA nominated producer with an interest in the intersection between the personal and the political. She managed UK theatrical distribution of her most recent production A Syrian Love Story (Sean McAllister), which won Doc/Fest’s 2015 Jury Prize and was the first BBC Storyville broadcast on BBC1. Elhum is also a programme advisor for London Film Festival.