Judges for the 2022 competitions: Actress Callie Cooke, Producer Jim Mooney of EMU Films + Kerrie Cosh of BBC Radio Northampton
Northampton-raised actress Callie Cooke graduated drama school in 2016. Her credits include Firebird (Hampstead Theatre & Trafalgar Studios West End) which she was nominated for an ‘Emerging Talent’ Evening Standard award, Britannia (Sky), The Stranger (Netflix), Rules of the Game (BBC), Cheaters (BBC) and is currently shooting Wedding Season for Disney Plus.
Producer Jim Mooney is one of the founding partners of EMU Films which has some impressive projects under their belt from Mangrove, Lovers Rock, and Education with Steve McQueen, to The Goob, Jawbone and Sacha Polak’s Dirty God, not to mention Northampton’s own The Show.
Kerrie Cosh is a Presenter at BBC Radio Northampton – hosting the BBC Introducing show on Saturday nights – and can often be found sitting in for Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1’s Future Artists. After starting out as a YouTube video editor whilst at University to make money on the side, she then made her first audio documentary called ‘The Men Forced to Marry’ in 2019 about male victims of forced marriages who live in the UK. Outside of radio, Kerrie hosts workshops to teach people how to shoot and edit films using only their smartphones.
Judges for 2021 Short Film competition: Actor Julie Hesmondhalgh, Comedian Hugh Dennis and Actor Colin Salmon
Northamptonshire-born comedian, writer and actor Hugh Dennis is the first judge to be announced on the panel of this year’s Northampton Film Festival short film competition. Hugh Dennis began his performing career in 1985 as one half of double act ‘Punt and Dennis’. Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis have just released Series 56 of ‘The Now Show’ on BBC Radio 4. Hugh’s has starred in BBC1’s Outnumbered, Not Going Out and Mock the Week.
And our second judge is actor Colin Salmon. Colin’s mum was from Northamptonshire and he spent a lot of his childhood playing in and around the River Nene. His film credits include Mortal Engines, London has Fallen, Resident Evil, Exam and 3 James Bond movies. TV includes award winning Prime Suspect 2, No Offence, Arrow, Some Girls, Limitless, Krypton and Intelligence.
And Julie Hesmondhalgh becomes the third person to join this year’s Northampton Film Festival short film competition judging panel alongside comedian Hugh Dennis and actor Colin Salmon. Julie’s credits including current series The Trouble with Maggie Cole, Castastrophe, Doctor Who, Broadchurch for which she was nominated for a BAFTA, Happy Valley, Inside No. 9 and of course Coronation Street for which she won Best Serial Drama Performance for her role as Hayley Cropper at the 2014 National Television Awards.
Becky Adams, Director of Screen Northants which runs the festival says, “My business partner and I were driving in to Screen Northants late last year and caught Hayley’s ‘Only Artists’ on BBC Radio 4. She was discussing with poet Tony Walsh how much of a closed shop the Creative Industries can feel if you don’t see people like yourself working in them. You need to be able to “see it to be it” and this is exactly this reason that Northampton Film Festival and Screen Northants exist, so we knew we had to ask Julie to be a judge this year.”
More judges for 2021 to be announced soon for the 48hr Film Challenges and the schools competition.
Meet our panel of judges from 2019:
Alan Moore, born in Northampton in 1953, is a writer, performer, recording artist, activist and magician. His comic-book work includes Lost Girls (2009) with Melinda Gebbie, From Hell (1991) with Eddie Campbell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (for which he won a Bram Stoker Award in 2000) with Kevin O’Neill. He has worked with director Mitch Jenkins on the Show Pieces cycle of short films and on forthcoming feature film The Show, while his novels include Voice of the Fire (1996) and his epic Jerusalem (2016). He lives in Northampton with his wife and collaborator Melinda Gebbie.
Photographer and Director Mitch Jenkins is a visual storyteller who specialises in filmic, narrative-driven work. Most recently Mitch Jenkins directed EMU Productions’ BFI and Lex Records-backed feature film The Show in Northampton, written by the revered comic book writer Alan Moore. The ongoing partnership with Alan is built on the pair’s complementary skillsets, shared artistic vision and mutual love of Northampton.
Mitch started his career at the Chronicle and Echo before photographing celebrities for the Times and Sunday Times Magazines in London, shooting the likes of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and Patrick Stewart. During the last 10 years he has been shooting advertising campaigns all over the world, along with producing key art for major TV Networks. In recent years he has also been part of rebranding both the A&E Network and BSKYB.
Editor Colin Goudie grew up in Northamptonshire and was a Foundation course Art student for two years at Northampton’s Nene College. His credits include Rogue One – A Star Wars story, the award-winning sci-fi film Monsters, the BAFTA winning Between the Lines as well as TV movies Attila the Hun, Lusitania, Murder on the Atlantic and Holy Cross for which he won the RTS Award for Best Drama Editor. He has given Q&A’s around the world including at BAFTA, the National Film Theatre and Skywalker Ranch.
Rebekah Louisa Smith runs The Film Festival Doctor, the name a nod to her academic past. Rebekah has a PhD in Film and Audience research. The company- which has offices in London and Los Angeles- has helped win over 500 awards for their clients and her team have supported over 585 creatives across the world.
In 2018, Rebekah worked extensively on the feature length documentary George Michael Freedom: The Director’s Cut which has been screened at over 25 international festivals. It has won 5 awards and was shown in competition at the 26th Raindance Film Festival.
The Film Festival Doctor has assisted on triumphant film festival and awards campaigns for Martin Kemp’s Stalker, The Boy With A Camera For A Face (45 festivals and 13 awards), Commune (30 festivals including the BAFTA-qualifying London Short Film Festival), the BAFTA- shortlisted documentary Noma: Forgiving Apartheid and the South African long-listed Oscar entry film Kalushi: The Story Of Solomon Mahlangu.
The Film Festival Doctor’s production arm is also working on a number of full length horror movie projects with an array of Great British talent.