Jan works on IFT website maintenance and administration, with intermittent photography contributions at IFT events. He has a background in jobbing on low-budget shoots in London (lighting and continuity, amongst other roles), the fruits of which have had varying degrees of success. He contributes from time to time to the Guardian Clipjoint series and writes a film review blog compulsively, scribbling more than 150 entries per year. In his civilian life, he is a translator and proofreader, specialising in marketing content for ethical technology start-ups. He considers anyone who does not recognise Once upon a Time in the West as one of the greatest films ever made to be an unsalvageable fool.
(The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the IFT).
Ieva graduated in Ethnology with focus on the Middle East from Vilnius University in Lithuania, then did an MA in Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She is particularly interested in the Gulf countries, and has spent a year doing research on gender and identity in Qatar. After finishing her studies Ieva moved to Italy and worked as an anthropologist with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASCs) in a mental-health support service.
She is now working in the UK with young refugees who suffer from symptoms related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her work with traumatised children and young people is based on therapeutic art activities. She has written, produced and directed several short movies, and is passionate about introducing film-making as a therapeutic art activity for vulnerable young people.
Camila is based in Brazil, but spent much of 2013 in the UK, working on undergraduate media courses at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge. She also works as a freelancer film-maker. In January 2013, Camila and fellow exchange student Samuel Mariani made a video for Science Without Borders (a Brazilian government scholarship programme which sends undergraduates on courses around the world) about the first impressions of Brazilian students who were just arriving at ARU. In 2011 she wrote and shot a short film called O guarda-livros (The Accountant). Her most recent short film, The Black Marker, which she wrote and directed, was executive-produced by IFT chairman Neil McCartney.
Camila and Samuel co-wrote and co-directed the trailer for the 2013 Cambridge Film Festival.
Wojtek is a web developer and reporting data analyst for a small CSR consultancy in London. He is responsible for the technology underlying the current version of the IFT website, and for much of its look and feel. He is passionate about technology, sport and film, and tries to juggle his time between career, family life and volunteer work.
His Brazilian wife Gabi tells him that he is expecting Brazil to win the World Cup next time.
Libby works on IFT administration and fundraising for prospective projects. She graduated from Leeds University with a BA (Hons) in History and French, and then completed an MA in History and Film at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. She helped to organise historical film festivals at SOAS, and has independently produced, directed and edited films for the bands Konveyer and After Hours, as well as the spoken word poet Jess Green. She also makes her own independent films and experiments with stop-motion animation.
Sardia graduated from Durham University in 2009, and then took a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice. She currently acts as paralegal in the financial services sector. She works for the IFT on areas such as data entry and database management.
Sardia is interested in writing and in learning about all other aspects of the film-making process. Her latest role is working as a researcher for an independent documentary on ‘freedom of speech’.
Samuel Mariani is based in Brazil, but spen much of 2013 in the UK, working on undergraduate media courses at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge. He works as a freelancer film-maker. In Brazil, he has been DoP on three productions – the Polytechnic of Sao Paulo’s Soap Box Cart project, Recording and 12 Dreams per Second. This last production won the award for best animation at the Sao Paulo Film Festival. In the UK, he acted as DoP and director in a video made (together with fellow exchange student Camila Kater) for Science Without Borders (a Brazilian government scholarship programme which sends undergraduates on courses around the world) about the first impressions of Brazilian students arriving at ARU in January 2013.
He and Camila co-wrote and co-directed the trailer for the 2013 Cambridge Film Festival.
Kim graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2013 with a first-class degree in Film Studies and is looking to make a career in writing or video editing. She contributes film reviews and features to the magazines Movie Farm and Take One. Two of her documentaries, Synaesthesia & Me and A Long March Through the Institutions, were screened as part of the Best of Student Shorts programme at the Cambridge Film Festival in 2012 and 2013, and her short psychological drama Irrationality was screened as part of the Cambridge Disability Sport and Arts Festival in 2013.
Her work at the IFT predominantly involves video editing and the social media outlets.
James recently completed a doctorate at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include the politics, culture and history of northern Africa. Previously he worked as a lawyer in the City of London and as a legal translator for the United Nations. He has a strong interest in Middle Eastern and North African film, and has organised screenings of Arabic, Persian and Hebrew films in Cambridge.
Eugene graduated from Teesside University in 2011 with a BA in TV and Film Production, and is currently doing freelance camera work as he looks to establish himself as a DoP or director. He has worked for a number of companies, including KannanWill Productions and Dropout UK, on productions such as advertisements and music videos and the coverage of live events. He has recently completed an eight-month contract working on cruise ships in the Caribbean. He is now looking for his next adventure.
Oggi is an award-winning film-maker and camera operator who was born in Bosnia, has a BA from the International Film School of Wales, and now lives in Cambridge. He specialises as a camera operator and in producing documentaries and promotional films for television broadcasts and production companies (in the UK and internationally). He can provide a complete film-making service including filming, editing and post-production and generates broadcast-quality video for television, DVD or web-based use.
His most recent work includes the production of content for the BBC, Buckingham Palace, Cambridge University, Tesco, Kraft Foods, Clinique Cosmetics and MTV. He has won awards from BAFTA, the Grierson Trust, Ffresh, the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Irish Corona Film Festival, Ffresh and the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) in New York.
His photographic work has been published by The Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Daily Mail, The Sun andWales on Sunday.