Meet the speakers* for the 2017 Indie Film Distribution Summit

* New speakers are being added regularly so do check back in.


Distributors and Exhibition

Getting films out there in our domestic territory, that means the UK.

Joseph D'Morais // Distributor Blue Dolphin

Veteran UK film distributor who over the decades has launched the careers of many Brit filmmakers distributing their debut films, including Edgar Wright, Peter Jackson and Mark Romanek ... MORE

Dorottya Szekely // Marketing Manager at Dogwoof

Dorottya's recent campaigns include Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next, Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold and the biggest ever film in Dogwoof’s history, Steven Cantor's Dancer... MORE

Martin Myers // Film Booker & Industry Expert

Martin has released hundreds of films, most recently titles such as Embrace Of The Serpent and The Levelling for Peccadillo, and The Hippopotamus for Electric Shadow.... MORE

David Nicholas Wilkinson // Distributor, Producer and Director

David has been involved in the production and distribution of over 100 British feature films with budgets ranging from £20k - £16m... MORE

Jon Barrenechea // Deputy Director of Marketing, Picturehouse

Jon is the producer of London Sundance and Deputy Director of Marketing for Picturehouse. He also self-distributed the award-winning documentary Hand Gestures worldwide theatrically and on DVD... MORE

Ross Bispham // Producer & Distribution Consultant

Ross is a marketing and distribution expert, having distributed multiple titles at Revolver Entertainment. He currently has his own distribution consultancy, Ignite Film Fans... MORE

Sonali Joshi // Founder and Director at Day For Night

Sonali has almost two decades’ experience in film exhibition and education, distribution and screen translation in the UK as well as in France, Denmark and Asia... MORE


People who have been there, got the T shirt and can share their experiences so you can learn from what they got right and what they got wrong.

Leon Butler // Writer & Producer

Ex city broker turned writer and producer, Leon hustled himself into the big time by getting Idris Elba to star in his debut feature 100 Streets. Get ready for a shot of reality… MORE

Simon Blake // Screenwriter & Director

Simon's debut feature Still (starring Game of Thrones star Aiden Gillen) is available on iTunes and Amazon Prime... MORE

Marcus Markou // Director of Papadopoulos & Sons

Legendary for his enthusiasm, Marcus wrote, produced and directed his debut feature Papadopoulos and Sons. He quickly discovered he would need to act as distributor too and successfully screened in over 100 UK cinemas and sold his film to the BBC... MORE

Tom Kerevan // Screenwriter, Producer

Screenwriter turned reluctant producer, turned reluctant distributor, Tom has successfully shepherded his debut feature Tear Me Apart and closed the deal with Amazon Prime himself... MORE

Rob Savage // Screenwriter & Director  

Rob directed and co-produced his debut micro-budget feature Strings at age 17! And if that wasn't impressive enough, he then went on to sell it to Vertigo Films. His second feature is being developed by Salon Pictures... MORE

Jane Gull // Director of my Feral Heart

Jane directed, produced and distributed her feature film My Feral Heart, which became the most successful title on the OurScreen platform. Her shorts have been picked up by Arte TV and Channel 4... MORE

Dhiraj Mahey // Producer

Dhiraj has worked across both development & distribution and recently executive produced Gareth Tunley’s acclaimed debut feature, The Ghoul... MORE

Oliver Roskill // Producer, Co-Founder of Wigwam Films

Oliver has co-founded Wigwam Films and produced the Sundance break out Under The Shadow, and iBoy, which was released worldwide on Netflix... MORE

International and Domestic Sales

People who get our films out there internationally, domestically and online.

Samantha Horley // Distributor, Producer & Screenwriter

Samantha has sold films as diverse as Fargo, Memento, American Pie, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Dead Man Walking and The Blair Witch Project for PolyGram and Summit. Her insight into commercial international sales is extraordinary... MORE

Julian Richards // Writer, Director, Producer and Sales Agent

Having made several features and been disappointed by sales companies, he setup his own and now sells films for other filmmakers through Jinga Films, Britain’s fastest growing and most respected sales agency... MORE

Karina Gechtman // International Film Marketing Consultant

Karina has over 10 years experience. She worked closely with filmmakers and big companies such as Paramount Pictures, Disney, Independent. MORE


People who are actively disrupting the existing systems and creating whole new business models.

Philippine Mignot //Campaign and Operations Manager ourscreen

Philippine works for ourscreen the hottest and most innovative distribution platform for filmmakers today in the UK, a true People Powered Cinema... MORE

Nick Sadler // Producer, Co-founder of The Film Label

Nick is the co-founder of industry-disrupting film company, The Film Label. MORE


People who have done it successfully and now teach others while keeping toes dipped in the water.

Chris Jones // Filmmaker and author of The Guerilla Filmmakers Handbook

Chris has four indie feature films under his belt, an Oscar shortlisted short and six books in the best selling Guerilla Filmmakers Handbooks series. He has also interviewed hundreds of filmmakers over the years for the books... MORE

Deborah Rowland // Distributor, NFTS course leader

Debbie has worked for Artificial Eye, Disney, Icon, EOne, 20th Century Fox in senior marketing and distribution positions. She now heads up the new MA in distribution at the NFTS... MORE

Robyn Larkin // Creative Director, What Is Bobo

Co-founder and Creative Director of London based design studio What is Bobo specialising in poster design for the film and entertainment industry. MORE

Angus Finney// Industry Specalist, Executive Producer

Angus Finney is a leading international film and creative industry specialist who has managed, taught, mentored and lectured across the world. MORE

Mia Farrell // Publicist

Mia has been working as a publicist for the past 20+ years. MORE

Matthew Falck // Editor

Matt has been a freelance offline editor for nine years. Excelling in trailers, sizzle reels, documentaries and behind-the-scenes. MORE

Maureen Hascoet // Creative Consultant

Maureen is a filmmaker, a festival organiser and an agent for Blueberry Creatives. MORE

Nia Childs // Festival Programmer and Producer

Nia is a freelance film events professional with over 5 years of film events experience. MORE