ManIFF 2016 Jury announced

Jury members ManIFF 2016

As Diverse as the festival's officially selected films, the second edition welcomes a panel of jurors with an eclectic mix of local, domestic and international recognition within the world of film and media.


Eamonn O’ Neal

(United Kingdom)

Eamonn is the senior executive at Trinity Mirror PLC, he also sits on the Executive Board M.E.N. Media. Previously he was executive producer, head of regional programmes and acting, director of broadcasting at ITV Granada and has received numerous awards and honours for outstanding service to media. He was executive producer of ITV's flagship daytime programme, This Morning and one of the launch executives for Manchester United Television. Eamonn has been a freelance journalist and presenter with the BBC for 30 years, continuing to present the top rated Radio Manchester programme.


Steven Oritt

(United States)

U.S based Steven Oritt has an abundance of experience in the international filmmaking industry. Starting in music videos where he worked with various artists such as Foo Fighters, Muse, OneRepublic, Pete Yorn and Paulina Rubio among others. Steven recently completed his first feature length documentary 'American Native,' which premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Subsequently, Steven has just completed production on his second feature documentary, 'An Accidental Climber,' which follows one man’s attempt to become the oldest American to climb Mt. Everest. What ensued was the worst disaster in mountaineering history. The film is due for release in 2016.


Rachel Hayward

(United Kingdom)

Programme Manager of the Film & BFI Hub, Rachel has many years of professional experience in domestic and international film programming, being based at the Corner House Manchester and now at ManIFF2016 venue, HOME. Rachel is responsible for diverse areas of programmes including: Engagement, monthly film programme; festivals; visual arts exhibitions and audience development. Rachel leads on a year-round programme of events for schools and colleges; ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival and is a member of the Chinese Film Forum UK, working to promote the screening of Chinese diaspora filmmaking in the UK. Rachel also lectures on film, cinema history and cultural studies at colleges in Manchester.



Tom Evans

(United Kingdom)

Representing ManIFF2016’s programming team as a Jury member, Tom Evans is an award-winning Director who spent the first 7 years of his career making documentaries for Channel 4, the BBC, al-Jazeera International and many more. 'Return to Nablus', his documentary book-ending a year-in-the-life of two Palestinian schools, was nominated for an international Emmy for best current affairs documentary. Other accolades include a nomination for channel 4's young documentary director of the year, winning the japan prize, an RTS and directing on the first and second series of Channel 4's Emmy-award-winning and Bafta-nominated, Battlefront. Tom has since taken his storytelling skills and applied them to short-form narrative pieces, both fiction and branded films. His debut short narrative, Into the Surf, had its world premiere at the prestigious Palm Springs Shortfest and was nominated for best UK short at Raindance film festival.


Martin Mckenna


Australian Writer/ Director/Producer and Co-founder of Point of View Films, Martin Mckenna has been involved in film and television for over twenty years.  After many years in series and serial television he moved to complete his first feature film, the offbeat coming of age ‘Is This the Real World’ in 2015 which is due for a theatrical release in 2016. He has also directed in theatre as well as for the screen. As a writer and script editor he has been involved in hundreds of hours of broadcast drama, and numerous feature film scripts, including ‘Neighbours, ‘All Saints’, ‘Packed to the Rafters’, ‘Something in the Air’, ‘Stingers’ and ‘Correlli’. Martin is currently attached as a writer director to several feature film productions in both Australia and the UK.


Jane Anderson

(United Kingdom)

Jane Anderson has cast for BAFTA winning productions. She casts gritty drama through to fun filled comedy. Recent independent films include the comedies ‘Convenience’ & ‘Down Dog’ and the soon to be released thriller ‘Monochrome’. On the small screen she has cast award nominated series ‘All At Sea’ & ‘Hank Zipzer’ and in her years as Casting Associate she worked on the likes of ‘Sherlock’. ‘Mo’, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’. She is a member of the Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.


Emiliano Galigani


Emiliano Galigani is an Avant Garde director and producer: he founded ‘Metropolis Produzioni’ in 2001, the International production company based in Tuscany have produced many plays and shows around the world including ‘The Wall Live Orchestra’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Welcome to the Machine’. The established theatre productions drove the organisation on to the screen with titles ‘The seventh Ad’, ‘When we were Friends’ and ManIFF’s world Premiere ‘The Imago’, Emiliano’s latest project ‘Homewards’ is currently in pre-production. Adding to all this natural passion for creativity Emiliano also founded Tuscany’s ‘Film Academy’ and the ‘Cartasia Art Festival’ which is in its 14th biennial year.


Mark Hudson

(United Kingdom)

Mark Hudson is one of the most ‘in demand’ acting coaches in the UK with an endless list of film, television and theatre credits. A former actor and two time BAFTA Award winning BBC Producer Mark works with an ever increasing roster of actors that reads like a who’s who of film and television talent. In 2001 Mark opened the Manchester School of Acting one of the most successful and forward looking independent drama schools in the country. MSA students include many of the most successful and recognisable actors in the industry today. Mark is a member of both the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Royal Television Society.


Gareth Jones

(United Kingdom)

Gareth Jones has been involved in the finance, sales and distribution of feature films for over twenty years. After graduating in law from University College London, Gareth practised as a corporate lawyer with City firm ‘Macfarlanes’. He joined ‘HandMade Films’ as an in-house lawyer in 1984, went on to head ‘HandMade’ and subsequently became Managing Director of ‘Alibi Films International’, both international film sales companies. Gareth negotiated the corporate acquisition of ‘HandMade Films’ by ‘Paragon’, a Canadian public company, and was instrumental in floating ‘Alibi Communications’ plc on ‘AIM’ and sat on the main board. Gareth has exec produced, financed, packaged and sold international rights in dozens of successful independent feature films including ‘Withnail and I’, ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘How to Get Ahead in Advertising’, ‘Nuns on the Run’, ‘The Man With Rain in His Shoes’, ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘The Hard Word’, ‘The secretary’, ‘The Business’, ‘Mystics’, ‘Open Range’, ‘My Summer of Love’ and ‘4,3,2,1’.


Matthew Butler and Tori Hart

(United Kingdom)

The writing and filmmaking partnership of Matthew Butler and Tori Hart has been recognised by Screen International as stars of tomorrow. Over the past fourteen years they have been working professionally as actors, writers and director. Their production company Fizz and Ginger films havecredits that include working with the likes of Sir Ian Mckellen, Sir Derek Jacobi and Stephen Fry on titles such as ‘Miss in Her Teens’, ‘Two Down’ and ‘E’Gad, Zombies!’. A selection of their films have all been distributed and have garnered awards and screened at many international film festivals. They currently have two feature films in development and are co-producing a feature documentary following one man’s epic journey along the Great Rift Valley in Africa.


Peter Saunders

United Kingdom)

With over 30 years of experience, Oscar and BAFTA nominated Peter Saunders, his creative partner Ian Mackinnon and their talented team have had the privilege of bringing some of the world’s best known animated characters to life - from Bob the Builder, Postman Pat and Fifi and the Flowertots, to Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox. From concept to paint, their Manchester based work-force produce dynamic characters that have all had a lasting and profound impact on the international silver screen.