Judges 2019


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.


Martin Rieser (Student Films)

Martin Rieser is video artist. Working across media , including AR and VR, his interactive installations and poetry films have been shown around the world, including Understanding Echo shown in Japan 2002, Hosts Bath Abbey 2006, Secret Door Invideo Milan 2006, The Street RMIT Gallery Melbourne 2008/ISEA Belfast 2009, Secret Garden, Phoenix Square 2012/Taipei 2013 and RUR at Glyndebourne in 2014 for REFRAME at the University of Sussex.

He has developed mobile film artworks using interactive text and image for Leicester, London and Athens and exhibited the Third Woman Interactive film in Vienna, Xian and New York.

He has acted as consultant to bodies such as Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, the Photographer’s Gallery London, Arkive in Bristol, The Soros Media Institute in Prague and UIAH in Helsinki.


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 Siszko   (Film Scripts)

Born in 1958 in Leeds UK., Martin is of Polish-British origin. Martin
began his career as an assistant to veteran film score composer Edward
Williams with whom he co-founded an inter-media performance group
Electrodome. Between 1984-2017 he composed and orchestrated over 200
scores for film and television and released nine albums with Europe’s
finest orchestras.

Amongst his broadcast works were the BBC’s natural history series Land
of the Eagle, and the popular Realms of the Russian Bear, in which he
pioneeredthe recording of music samples on film locations as well as
using ethno-musical research to assist natural history film scores.In addition
to his compositionwork Martin co-founded the MA in Composition of Music
for Film andTelevision in 1998 at the University of Bristol,
where he set upsome ofthe first live recording sessions to picture for students.
His teaching portfolio includes : The National Film and Television
School, University of Illinois, University of the Eastern Mediterranean,
University of Bristol, University of Bath Spa, Liverpool Hope
University, andGloucestershireCollege of Arts and Technology.

In terms of film festivals Martin has led workshops, lectures or panels
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
CraftAwards and at the Monaco International Film Festival where he co-wrote
the linking script for the Awards ceremony.

Martin Siszko will be judging the film script category, and running a
workshop forthe 2019 Newlyn International Film Festival.



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.