Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Joseph a. Adesunloye is a director, screenwriter and producer. He works at DreamCoat Productions which he founded to bring together his interest in film and theatre work in Africa and Europe. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen, with a Masters of Arts in English Literature and Film Studies and subsequently attended the London Film Academy completing his yearlong Filmmaking Diploma. In 2008, Joseph established Screening Africa, a not-for-profit project, designed to bring people together in celebration of the diversity of Africa through film screenings.
Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor is an award-winning producer who graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a BA in Film Studies and subsequently completed an MA in Creative Writing in Films, Plays and TV from City University, London. With DreamCoat Productions she has established a strong dynamic voice as a writer and producer. Her work has achieved worldwide distribution through various prominent international festivals.
Joy has a proven track record in delivering projects on time and within budget. With her expertise in budget, finance handling and negotiations, Joy has strong organisational, management, marketing and developmental skills. Her wide experience in film and theatre allows her to draw on talent from these industries, helping to build a significant database of contacts for present and future use.
Lukas Kudapcenka is an Assistant Director working in London and the UK. Lukas studied Film Production at London’s University of Westminster. He began his career at ESPN and Vice, and later worked in New York and the UK on commercials, music videos, shorts and feature films as well as TV drama.
Graduating in Musical Theatre – Gareth has filmed various shorts and idents aired on BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and can recently be seen in the feature film “A Little Chaos” directed by Alan Rickman. In 2013 he joined the original cast of “The Bodyguard”, West End, closing the show after a 2 year run. During this time he co-founded The Nest Community, a community housing project successfully achieving a £150,000 government grant towards a proposed development in East London. Inevitably, his love for the arts and business led to the recent formation of The Storytelling Group – a new production company in pre-production of the UK premier of “A Little Princess – The Musical”. Most recently, he co-produced, co-directed & co-choreographed “The Little Princess” promotional trailer with Joseph Adesunloye as director. Continuing their working relationship, Gareth was Production Manager on “White Colour Black”. Gareth also runs a successful website and graphic design company.
Rory is a freelance cinematographer and a graduate of Ravensbourne, where he studied Digital Film Production. For the last four years Rory has gained credits across a variety of projects ranging from music videos and high-end commercials, for clients such as Harrods, to low budget independent features and shorts. Rory always tries and spread himself across a broad spectrum of projects as his skill progresses both creatively and technically, but his heart will always lie in good fictional drama and the art of telling a story.
Christopher is a London-based filmmaker from Hong Kong. On completing his psychology degree, Christopher went on to study at the London Film Academy where he was awarded the “Most Enterprising Student” of the year. His graduation short films received Commendation at the 17th Festival of Fantastic Films and screened at many international festivals including Australia, Spain, Thailand, France and the UK.
Two years on, Christopher has made his first feature documentary “How Far Do Leaves Fall?” (about the Chinese immigration and integration into UK culture) which was very well received. It was showcased at “China in London” – a major London art and culture festival – and broadcast on national television Community Channel.
Christopher has since been working as a director and editor, including several broadcast, factual and drama credits, and has worked with award winning directors. He has also made dozens of entertainment short programmes and corporate videos. His latest works include two feature films “The Sky in Bloom” and “May I Kill U?”. Currently, he is editing a feature documentary about the hidden world of billionaires in China.
Marco Turcich defines himself as a cross-over artist: working over different means of expression in sight of finding the most appropriate one according to needs and inclination. By combining the theatricality and theatrical devising inspired by Tadeusz Kantor with the more contemporary visual narrative of Robert Lepage and Romeo Castellucci, the aesthetic of his work results as an eclectic combination of visual materials contributing to delineate a narrative within the piece.
His practice stretches from site specific performances to gallery installation, working across different media in sight of exploring new ways of communication and artistic expression. Water flooded areas, lighting, feeling of textures and materials; sculptural installations are just some of the many ways through which his work develops.
Mathieu Karsenti is an innovative and forward-looking music composer for film and TV based in London, UK.
With over 25 years’ experience and involvement in music, he has fronted his own band songwriting and performing live, worked as a session musician, coached and produced music for independent artists, and produced/composed music for successful entertainment, children’s, comedy and documentary TV shows (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Bravo U.S.) and for independent filmmakers.
Some of the films and documentaries he has composed on have been selected at festivals worldwide: Cannes Short 2015, Raindance 2014, BFI Flare, Hamburg and Berlin Interfilm, Palm Springs and L.A. Shorts and now Budapest, Montreal and Sydney film festivals amongst others.
His main instruments are guitar, vocals, percussion, piano, bass and programming. He is self-taught in music theory and orchestration and he has studied with Hollywood orchestrator Conrad Pope as well as on the composing for film and TV course at Berklee and Intermediate and Advanced production course at Pointblank College, London.
After growing up in Italy, Callum moved to London to join the industry and after completing a practical filmmaking course, worked as a lighting technician then transitioned into the camera department in 2012. Since then he has worked on a variety of projects including commercials and feature films.
Matt was born and raised in Poland, and relocated to London in 2012, where he’s been voluntarily supporting various campaigns for LGBT rights. He paints and writes poetry; in 2015, some of his work has been published in an independent anthology. He’s currently working on a series of oil paintings and pencil drawings which he is looking to exhibit in 2016.