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2012 Festival Judges

Laura Marshall Laura Marshall

Laura, along with husband Harry Marshall, moved to Bristol in 1990 and founded Icon Films.

Together with managing Icon Films, Laura also Executive Produces much of Icon's output.

Laura was also appointed Chair of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Trust in 2010 and sits on the Management Committee of Wildscreen, the world's largest festival of moving images from the natural world.


Mario CavalliMario Cavalli

As founder of Pizazz Pictures and Colony Media, Mario has directed, designed and produced literally hundreds of multi award winning commercials, music videos, short films, TV and new media projects, in animation, live action and various technically innovative, hybrid techniques of his own.

Recent work includes the animated adventures of London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville (as seen on the BBC), which involved him in working closely with animators in Beijing, China, over a two year period.


Jayne Chard Jayne Chard

Producer/Director Jayne Chard was nominated for a BAFTA for her moving portrayal of women with HIV and AIDS for Channel Four and has five further awards for documentaries as well as the Royal Shakespeare Buzz Goodbody Award for theatre directing.

Jayne has produced and directed documentaries for all the major broadcasters and is also an accomplished commercials and drama director. Her drama credits include Hollyoaks, Grange Hill and Brookside.


Dominic Weston Dominic Weston

Dominic Weston writes and directs television documentaries, and his work has been broadcast on Animal Planet, BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic Television. His long journey to television production began with directing the school play, which included a short 16mm film.  He went on to  'study'  Drama at Exeter University, often seen sporting pink hair and a pinker singlet.  

His first break in television was making the tea and changing tapes in a post production company in Bristol in the late 1980s.  Throughout his career he has had a penchant for short factual films and has produced scores of items on wildlife, science and social history for BBC 1's "The One Show" at Icon Films in Bristol.  Currently he is writing and directing two episodes of Animal Planet's hit series "River Monsters" for Icon Films.


William Goodchild William Goodchild

William composes and produces music for film, television and concert performance. As a composer he specialises in wildlife documentary and has scored numerous films for the major broadcasters.

As orchestrator and conductor William has worked with the Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras and undertaken numerous flagship projects for the BBC with a variety of composers.

William has collaborated on stage and in the recording studio with a wide variety of international soloists including John Williams, Andy Sheppard, Tom Jones and most recently Roni Size & Reprazent.

William is Senior Associate Teacher on the MA in Composition for Film and Television course at Bristol University.   He also provides training in music to picture for Wildscreen Festival, Bristol Festival of Nature and Music Industry Education amongst others.


Merlin Crossingham Merlin Crossingham

Merlin joined Aardman Animations in 1996 through an animation training course run in conjunction with the University of the West of England, having already completing a degree in Film and Photography at the Newport Film School.

As an animator at Aardman, Merlin initially worked on many TV commercials and Morph shorts, before taking the roles of Key Animator on the feature film 'Chicken Run', and Second Unit Director on 'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were Rabbit'. He also co-directed the Creature Comforts USA series for CBS, for which he gained an Emmy nomination.

Merlin was Supervising Animator for "Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death", for which he also directed the BBC ONE branding idents to help promote the film's debut on Christmas Day 2008, which reached a peak audience of 14.6 million viewers. He has since specialised in directing Wallace & Gromit at Aardman.

Merlin's significant role across Wallace & Gromit activity eventually led to his promotion to Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit in 2009. In 2010, Merlin helped create the Royal Mail Christmas stamp collection featuring Wallace & Gromit and directed the animation for the BBC1 series, Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention. Merlin has also created a live orchestral show, Wallace and Gromit's Musical Marvels, which premiered as part of the 2012 Prom season at the Albert Hall.


Angela Williams Angela Williams

Angela Williams is a successful photographer whose subjects have included many of the iconic figures that defined the 1960s and 1970s, such as Paul Newman, Bill Wyman, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Pink Floyd, and Tom Courtenay, to name just a few. The National Portrait Gallery holds several examples of Angela’s works in its collections, including portraits of the author Fay Weldon, the eminent potter Lucie Rie, and the musician Marianne Faithfull. 

Angela was assistant to legendary photographer Norman Parkinson, a working relationship and creative collaboration that continued throughout her subsequent freelance career.