Judges 2020


Martha Dixon (Documentary)

Martha is a TV and radio journalist with a 20-year-history of working with the BBC.  She now combines her time as a freelance filmmaker and radio producer alongside a career as a trainer for international aid missions in developing countries. 

She is originally from Penzance and she started life in  journalism at BBC South West, moving on to EuroNews in France and BBC World in London. She has been lucky enough to see the world during her career, making documentaries and working as a news producer with the BBC’s top correspondents. 

Martha’s work in training spans 18 years. She has enjoyed working in countries like Kosovo, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Nigeria and Algeria. Her work includes supporting journalists in developing countries make balanced and objective reports that hold authorities to account. 

She also runs her own TV production company, making videos for corporate companies like ScotRail, Deloitte and Aston Martin. Martha pioneered video content for The Sunday Times web paper, and has more recently been making films for The Telegraph. Martha has also made promotional and information films for The National Trust, Good Energy, the UK timber industry, and Falmouth Harbour Commissioners.  

At BBC World TV Martha directed half hour documentaries, including an award winning series on health called “Kill or Cure”, filmed in Papua New Guinea, Nepal, India and Cambodia. I also produced several longer films in Afghanistan.

As a video journalist, Martha made investigative TV, radio and online features in Russia, Alaska, Morocco and others.

Martha loves Cornwall and is delighted to support the Newlyn International Film Festival



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Maria Livesey (Fiction)

Maria has over 25 years experience in broadcast television the majority of which has been spent working on a wide-range of programming including documentary, factual, factual entertainment, live OB, music, science as producer, line producer, production manager on location all over the world including Alaska,Bangladesh, Peru, Thailand, USA and Europe on all formats including 3D.
Since 2000 she has been working directly with broadcasters both as Programme Finance Manager in Science & Education at Channel 4 and at Discovery Channel where she was Acting Director of Production Management based in the UK working across all the Discovery Networks in the US, UK, Europe and Asia. She was Director of Production at Parthenon Entertainment until April 2006.

She then took on a short consultancy stint with ITN acting as a Consultant to assist a new Greek terrestrial channel SKAI TV based in Athens in setting up a production unit.
In Nov 2006 Maria decided to go back to her production roots and joined the newly formed Renegade Pictures where she has been the Head of Production for the last 11 years. This innovative production company has produced a myriad of programming including Don’t Tell the Bride, Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild, Cars SOS, Heston’s Mission Impossible, World’s Most Dangerous Roads. Maria recently left Renegade to pursue new ventures. She is a member of BAFTA and the PMA.



Lucy English (Poetry Films)

Lucy English is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. With Sarah Tremlett she runs Liberated Words, a CIC organisation which creates, curates and screens poetry films. She is currently working on an online poetry film project ,The Book of Hours, which will form the creative component for her PhD in digital writing. Lucy co-ordinates the MiX conferences in writing for digital at Bath Spa University.

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Sarah Tremlett (Poetry Films)

Sarah Tremlett, MPhil, FRSA, SWIP, http://www.sarahtremlett.com is a British poetry filmmaker, poet and published arts theorist/writer. Described as a visual philosopher by Karina Karaeva, (Video Curator, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow), she has been invited to give papers and international screenings on the subject. Author and editor of The Poetics of Poetry Film to be published by Intellect Books, she was commissioned by Filmpoem (Alastair Cook) to make a poetry film in 2017 for one of the commended Poetry Society 2016 National Poetry Competition poems (American poet Sam Harvey’s ‘Claire Climbs Everest’).
Since 2005 she has been known for researching and defining the term ‘contemplative’ poetry films, developed in her thesis on rhythm (visual prosody), text and poetry film (2014). This was recently abridged in the online essay ‘Exploring Contemplative Effects in Text-based Video Poems’ (Atticus Review, Moving Poems, Poetry Film Kanal, Poetry Film Live).
In 2012, she co-founded Liberated Words with poet and novelist Lucy English (www.liberatedwords.com) to screen international poetry filmmakers alongside films made by diverse groups within the local community, and co-conceived and organised MIX, Bath Spa University). In 2014, Liberated Words had a major, three-site event, part supported by Poetry Can, at The Arnolfini, Bristol, with a workshop by top international poetry filmmaker Marc Neys and a screening at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, where Sarah hosted a discussion on poetry film and form.
Sarah is currently working on three long-term, poetry film projects, an exciting collaborative Liberated Words project and Vigil – a collection of poems for poetry film.



Dr Martin Kiszko   (Film Scripts)

Dr. Martin Kiszko BA DLitt. PGCert.Radio, Film and Television has 220 film/tv credits and has released nine albums with Europe’s best orchestras. Award winning scores include BBC’s Realms of the Russian Bear, Dreamworks commissioned by BBC and Steven Spielberg, and a BASCA Composer of the Year Award. He composed and conducted for the BAFTA nominated movie The Killing of John Lennon and has received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Bristol. Martin was co-founder of Bristol University’s MA in the Composition of Music for Film and Television and still teaches on the course.

As a screenwriter he wrote and directed the ITV drama STEPS starring Ron Moody and his first screenplay was nominated as Best British Screenplay to represent the UK for the Hartley Merrill Screenwriting Award. He has written nine screenplays and gives talks and lectures on narrative structure at film festivals and universities and colleges.

His teaching portfolio includes The National Film and Television School,
University of Illinois, University of the Eastern Mediterranean. He has spoken or been a panelist at Wildscreen Film Festival, Jackson Hole Film Festival USA, Encounters Film Festival, BAFTA Cineformation and Cheltenham Music Festival. As a festival judge Martin is a voting member of BAFTA, has judged on BAFTA’S Television Craft Awards, The Pitch, I Will Tell Festival, Satisfied Eye Festival and at the Monaco International Film Festival.

Martin is a passionate environmental campaigner and wrote and performs the one man show Green Poems for a Blue Planet with images by Aardman Animation’s Nick Park.

Martin Kiszko will be judging the film script category, and running a workshop for
the 2019 Newlyn International Film Festival. www.martinkiszko.com   www.greenpoemsforablueplanet.com



Morgan Francis (Animation)

In 1998, Morgan founded Spider Eye, which quickly established its own reputation in commercials and short films. In 2000, Morgan was technical director on Oscar and BAFTA award-winning Father & Daughter (Michael Dudok De Wit), a bittersweet tale which explored the deep bond between a father and daughter. His short film credits include the B.A.A and Annecy award-winning War Game, a 25min TV Special for Illuminated Films/C4), Family Ties – Dreams & Desires, a multi-award-winning short film by Joanna Quinn for Beryl Productions/S4C,  A Small Miracle, a 25 minute TV special for Grasshopper Productions/ITV, and The Canterbury Tales – The Squire’s Tale for S4C.

Morgan’s TV series credits include Monkey Dust for TalkBack/BBC3, The Cramp Twins for TV Loonland/CBBC, Harry & His Bucketful of Dinosaurs for Collingwood O’Hare/Cartoon Network/Playhouse Disney, Horrid Henry for Novel/CITV, and Grizzly Tales for Honeycomb/Nickelodeon.

From 2010 to 2013 Morgan developed and directed both series of Spider Eye’s own show, ‘Jungle Junction’ (92 x 11 minute episodes, including 1 x 44 minute special) for Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior.

More recent credits include:

2014 Co-directed ‘Moshi Monsters – the Movie’ for Mind Candy, which had a full theatrical release with Universal in over 400 Cinemas.

2015: Directed Thomas the Tank engine ‘Thomas around the world’ motion comic series (21 x 3 minute episodes) series for Mattel/Hit Entertainment for their U Tube channel

2015/2016 Animation Director on Spot Bots (26 x 14 minute episodes) for CBeebies.

2016/2017 Developed and Directed ‘The Happos Family’ TV series (20 x 2.5 minute episodes) for Turner/Boomerang. This was their first original show.

Directed ‘Thomas & Yong Bao’ motion comic series (12 x 3 minute episodes) for Mattel/Hit Entertainment for their U Tube channel.