BFI NETWORK@LFF 2019 Cohort Announced

12 filmmakers revealed for unique four day development programme at the BFI London Film Festival

24 September 2019

We are thrilled to announce the 12 writers, directors and producers selected for NETWORK@LFF 2019. BFI NETWORK’s annual flagship professional development programme at the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) in Partnership with American Express, will take place on 4-7 October. Designed to support and inspire original new voices, NETWORK@LFF celebrates difference in approach and perspective, and seeks out filmmakers looking to disrupt conventions.

Supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, NETWORK@LFF is now in its sixth year and has built a strong track record with alumni successfully establishing careers, producing award-winning shorts, developing features and finding roles within television and beyond.

This year the focus is on filmmakers telling stories with global ambitions, who are working on international co-productions, looking to build cross-cultural relationships or committed to making films that travel to audiences beyond the UK. The 12 participants, selected from 470 applications, have an impressive range of experience across film, television, theatre and a variety of digital platforms. NETWORK@LFF will provide the next step in their burgeoning feature careers with a programme that boasts masterclasses, screenings, networking and one-to-one sessions with visiting international filmmakers and executives who are screening work at the LFF.


The full list of filmmakers taking part in NETWORK@LFF 2019:

Tomisin Adepeju | Writer/Director

Tomisin is a Nigerian-British filmmaker based in London. His multi award-winning shorts have been selected at over 150 international film festivals, these include; multiple Oscar-Qualifying festivals such as the Urbanworld Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival and Aspen Shortsfest.

His award-winning short, The Right Choice, had its World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and also screened as part of Sundance London, and went on to screen at over 45 international film festivals. His most recent short, Appreciation is an official selection of this year’s BFI London Film Festival. He is currently developing his debut feature.

Jen Corcoran | Producer

Jen is a creative producer based in Stockton-on-Tees. She is currently in production on Naples-set poetic documentary Hide and Seek through the BFI Doc Society Fund alongside the development of new work with emerging talent. In 2019 Jen established Freya Films, championing contemporary female voices and new narratives from the North East.

Jen also works with Northern Film + Media on their regional development programme Tees Valley Screen. Formerly Head of Film at My Accomplice, Jen’s previous work has screened at Tribeca, Sheffield Doc/Fest and BFI Flare among others.

Nosa Eke | Writer/Director

Nosa is a platform agnostic writer/director working in interactive and traditional storytelling. She attended the National Film and Television school. Google Creative Labs’ Tea Uglow chose Nosa as a future creative leader and Apple named her a “next level talent”. In 2018, she was picked for the BFI Flare/BAFTA mentorship programme and wrote an episodic narrative on the Amazon Alexa for the BBC. In 2019, Nosa has been chosen as a 2019 Trailblazer by Accenture and TCOLondon and was also Artist In Residence at Blast Theory. Her debut interactive feature film is in development with the BFI, produced by Marshmallow Laser Feast. Her short film, Something In The Closet, will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2019.

Matilda Ibini | Writer

Matilda is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. She was awarded a scholarship from BAFTA and Warner Brothers to study a Masters in Playwriting & Screenwriting. She has done the Channel 4 Screenwriting Program and is one of 10 writers for BBC Writersroom’s The Writers Access Group. Her work has been staged at Bush Theatre, Old Vic Theatre, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs and Soho Theatre. Her next play Little Miss Burden will be staged at the Bunker Theatre this December. She is co-writing a comedy-horror about a serial-killing carer with Gabriel Bisset-Smith which is being produced by Dominic Buchanan and BBC Films.

Karim Khan | Writer

Karim recently graduated from the NFTS with an MA in Screenwriting. His recent theatre work includes Corrosive (Pegasus Theatre, 2019), Beyond Shame (Derby Theatre, 2018) and Orange Juice (The Pleasance, Burton Taylor Studio, 2017). Karim was on the Soho Writers Lab, as well as the Royal Court Writers Group, and prior to this, attached to the Oxford Playhouse. During his time at NFTS, he wrote three short animation films. Karim’s feature film script, Ganga Mata was recently optioned by Cinestaan Film Company, and his original TV drama series Summoned is in development with Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions.

Jack King | Writer/Director

Jack is a Writer/Director/former world champion of Star Wars Racer on the N64. Jack started making music videos for friends in his hometown of Bradford. His music videos earned him a string of Vimeo staff picks and a place at Colonel Blimp in London. He was funded by Creative England for his short The Crossing, and his last, Prints played at Clermont-Ferrand in 2019. He has just completed post on his latest short, Son of Ned. Despite loving it he finds making films very stressful and often dreams of returning to the Nintendo glory days of ’99.

Carys Lewis | Writer/Director

Carys is a Welsh-Canadian writer/director who recently completed a filmmaking residency at Welsh National Opera, where she created a trilogy of short films: Gram Girl, Alt, and Fluorescence. She is currently co-writing a feature, which is in development with Telefilm Canada & Ffilm Cymru Wales. Her Welsh-language short film, Afiach, premiered at the Iris Prize Festival and was screened on BBC iPlayer and S4C. Carys wrote and directed a BFI NETWORK comedy, Stuffed, which is now making the festival circuit. She is the founder of Fem Script Lab, a writing lab for female and non-binary screenwriters in Toronto.

Alice Lusher | Producer

Alice is a producer and head of drama at ie ie productions, a BFI Vision-awarded Cardiff-based company creating ground-breaking cross-platform content with an international reach. In active development with various broadcasters and film funds, Alice has built a diverse slate of film and TV projects with a focus on female led storytelling and lived experiences.

Jayisha Patel | Writer/Director

Jayisha is a London based filmmaker and artist in residence at Somerset House working at the intersection of film and VR. Her short films have shown at the Berlinale, TIFF, Sundance, SXSW and Locarno amongst others. Her works are borne from a diasporic consciousness and seek to give a platform to the stories of women of colour in bold and unconventional ways.

Chi Thai | Producer

Chi Thai is an independent filmmaker who works across features, documentary, animation and immersive. She has been a Cannes Lions finalist three times & her work has screened at BAFTA & Academy accredited festivals. Chi is part of the Guiding Lights alumnus and was listed in Creative England’s Top 50 companies. Her current roster includes the adaptation of the Caldecott winning picture book Me… Jane with Academy nominated studio, Cartoon Saloon. Her ambition is to dismantle the conditions that marginalise stories and storytellers, especially those from the East Asian diaspora. She is a co-founder of BEATS. 

Ian Waugh | Writer/Director

Ian Waugh is a film director and writer. An alumnus of Berlinale Talents, EIFF Talent Lab, and Reykjavík IFF Transatlantic Talent Lab, his short drama As He Lay Falling premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It screened at over 25 international festivals before being released online through the BFI NETWORK. As He Lay Falling is being developed into a feature by Nakba FilmWorks, Homemade Films, and Only Son, with support from the Scottish Film Talent Network. Selected for Film London’s Production Finance Market and EIFF Talent Lab Connects, the feature drama will shoot on location in Scotland and Greece.

Paris Zarcilla | Writer-director

Paris is a BIFA-nominated director/writer, parent to five cats and is currently living his best life. He writes to you in third person from a hotel room in Taipei, exhausted from production on his first TV commission which he wrote and is currently directing. It’s called The Century Egg and it’s being made for Singaporean network, Starhub. His 2018 short, Pommel was funded by Creative England and BFI NETWORK and went on to win at numerous festivals for Best Short including East End Film

Festival, Oscar-qualifying LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and culminated in a BIFA nomination for Best British Short.