British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Judging Panel


Sean Thornton has over 20 years’ experience as a factual Sean Thorntonvideo  producer. After graduating from Bournemouth, via a stint freelancing for BBC local radio, Sean ran a production unit for the police force for many years, producing training and publicity videos and news footage for use regionally, nationally and internationally. He currently manages the TV and film production facilities at Anglia Ruskin University.




Dina Ata is an experienced broadcast regulator with an in-depth knowledge of the media industry and solid knowledge of UK and international content regulation. She has recently returned from Toronto where she worked as a Business Analyst for Telefilm Canada, a cultural crown corporation dedicated to the development and promotion of the Canadian audiovisual industry. Dina was formerly Senior Editorial Compliance Manager at the BBC, and is a long-standing member of BAFTA with full voting rights in both the film and television categories. She is also a member of the RTS.



Stella Bruzzi is Professor of Film and Television Studies at Warwick University and a Fellow of the British Academy. Her books include: New Documentary (2006), Seven Up (2007), Bringing Up Daddy: Fatherhood and Masculinity in Post-war Hollywood (2005), Undressing Cinema: Clothing and Identity in the Movies (1997) and Men’s Cinema: Masculinity and Mise-en-scene in Hollywood  (2013). She has worked at the BBC as a researcher, and has maintained a keen interest in student filmmaking. Stella is currently writing about representations of fact and history in contemporary film and media.



Rhys Davies is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Sound Design in the Media Arts Department,Rhys Davies 1 Royal Holloway College. He started his career working as a sound designer at The Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, and in 1993 moved to London to work as a Sound Technician at Goldsmiths College. During that time, he worked as a freelance theatre sound designer, and also established himself as a freelance television composer and post-production sound designer, working for the BBC, Sky and Disney. In 2002 he was appointed as a lecturer in Creative Sound Design at Royal Holloway.




Jane Fletcher is Director of Education at Into Film, having previously been the Schools Director at FILMCLUB. She has vast experience in the world of charity and moving image, and her past roles include Head of Programmes and Innovation at the charity TimeBank, in the Extended Schools Service in London and leading Toynbee Hall’s Education Programme. Jane also has ten years experience in her previous career as a BBC Director/Producer for CBBC and BBC Education.



 Jenny Grahame has taught Media Studies since 1979, first in London comprehensives and youth Jenny Grahamecentres, and later as the Media Advisor at the English and Media Centre, where she ran media education CPD, teacher education courses, Diploma and Masters modules for BFI, Birkbeck  and the Institute of Education, and authored a wide variety of classroom resources and teacher publications. She has worked across a range of primary, KS3, vocational, GCSE and A level contexts, and has been particularly committed to practical classroom pedagogy. She is founder and Editor of MediaMagazine.



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Richard McCracken is Director of The Case Centre, an independent, educational charity with a mission to promote the case method in management education by raising awareness, increasing usage and developing the skills of case teachers and authors. He has worked in independent radio and as a recording engineer and was Head of Intellectual Property at The Open University where he led the acquisition and protection of the OU’s media rights across all media.



Jonathan Sanderson worked in science broadcast from 1994, producing family and Jonathan Sandersonengineering series including the classic children’s show ‘How2.’ In the wider STEM engagement sector his clients have included NESTA, Gatsby, the Wellcome Trust, The Royal Institution and Abu Dhabi Science Festival. He has recently joined ‘Think Physics’, a new initiative from Northumbria University, Newcastle.



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Simon Birkett has worked in higher education for 22 years, the last nine years in senior management positions. Particular interests are the strategic management of learning technologies and engaging with non-traditional practitioners. He has recently been invited to join the Jisc Learning and Teaching Experts group to inform national Jisc activity from a sector leadership perspective. He currently works as IT & Learning Technology Manager at Staffordshire University.

David Lowe is a composer and producer working primarily in IMG_8919television, both in the UK and internationally. His music fronts some of the most popular shows on TV today including the themes for BBC News, The One Show, Countryfile, Panorama and Grand Designs. David has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Staffordshire University and Birmingham City University and is a member of British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (BASCA).