Widening the lens panel information

After it's roaring success we are pleased to provide you with the panel information for the Widening the Lens discussion that took place on Wednesday at 13:00pm, enjoy!

Joanna Coates (Panel Chair)

Joanna Coates is a BAFTA nominated filmmaker. She has recently directed her debut feature drama, ‘Hide and Seek’, following the success of her recent short film, ‘Where are they now?’. She has directed long-form and short arts documentaries for organisations including Channel 4’s More4, The National Theatre, Royal Opera House, The Guardian, and has had her films screened at International and UK festivals, The BFI and Channel 4. You can watch a trailer for her new feature, ‘Hide and Seek’ below, which hits cinemas nationwide in the coming months.

Carolina Petro

Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Carolina came to London in search of new experiences. She studied at The London College of Communications and worked in the film industry in production and editing. Post LCC Carolina attended London Film school where she graduated with distinction. Her graduation film ‘Rosemary Jane‘ has been selected and screened at numerous film festivals around the world, premiering at Palm Springs Short Film Festival.

Carolina Petro will be screening ‘A World For Her’ in this years ‘About a Girl’ – Buy tickets through this link:  https://encounters-festival.org.uk/events/short-film-9-about-a-girl/

A World For Her – Trailer from Carolina Petro on Vimeo.

Pascal Plante:

Pascal Plante is a French Canadian filmmaker best known for his work on Baby Blues (2012), La fleur de l’âge (2011) and Je suis un château de sable qui attend la mer (2011).

Pascal will be screening ‘Blue-Eyed Blonde’ in this years ‘About a Girl’ programme.

Blue-Eyed Blonde (2015) [teaser] from Travelling distribution on Vimeo.

Corinna Mcfarlane

Corinna wrote, produced, edited and directed the award-winning documentary THREE MILES NORTH OF MOLKOM. The film was a resounding critical success and theatrically released by Metrodome in the UK, Wildbunch in Europe and IFC in North America. Corinna’s latest work THE SILENT STORM is a feature drama, written and directed by Corinna and co-produced by her production company starring Damian Lewis and Andrea Riseborough. The film has just been picked up by SONY and is set for theatrical release in the UK in 2016.

Michael Blyth

Michael is a film programmer for both the BFI London Film Festival and the BFI Flare London LBGT festival. He also contributes to various print and online publications, specialising in queer cinema and the horror genre.

Catherine Bray

Catherine is the editorial director of film4.com and also produced the teen movie doc Beyond Clueless. has been working as a journalist since getting her first job as staff writer on cult film magazine Hotdog. She has since worked for Channel 4 and Channel 5, written for The Telegraph and Heat magazine, and published a paper on the early work of John Milton, in the Milton Quarterly last year. Catherine is a huge fan of the work of David Cronenberg, Lynch and Fincher, and some other directors who aren’t called David as well, like John Carpenter. Catherine, Charlie Lynne and producer Anthony Ing have set up a production company, Loop, where they are in the early stages of development on their next project.

A big thank you to everyone that came down to make it such a solid discussion, head over to our programme section to find some similar events over the festival weekend!