Our Jury is formed by a trusted panel of internationally recognised short-documentary filmmakers from all over the world.

They know what it takes to create a great short documentary and have competed in well known international festivals. 


Jury Members




Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez studied Philosophy in Lima, Peru before moving to Madrid to study filmmaking. His films are the result of his enquiries into Peruvian society and they have screened at festivals worldwide, including London, La Habana, Karlovy Vary, Mar del Plata, Tokyo and Montreal. His last two short films, I Can Only Show You The Color  (2014) and The Calm (2011), had their world premiere in the Official Selection of the Berlinale Short Films. His production company, Bergman Was Right Films, supports independent documentary filmmakers in Peru. Since 2013, he has been the Head of Programming at the Lima Independent International Film Festival and Director of Filmadrid (Spain).



Erin Espelie is a filmmaker, writer, and editor, investigating current scientific research related to the Anthropocene, issues in environmental history, and our expectations of the moving image. Espelie’s films have shown at the New York Film Festival, the British Film Institute, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Full Frame Documentary Festival, and more. Her feature-length experimental documentary,The Lanthanide Series, premiered in 2014 at CPH:DOX and recently won the grand prize at the 15th Seoul International New Media Festival.

She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Film Studies Program and the Department of Critical Media Practices.





Iris’s debut film My Kosher Shifts was an award winning documentary.The film has been screened worldwide and bought by ethnographic archives and universities.

In 2013 she commenced a practice-based PhD in documentary filmmaking. Her research explores her own innovative documentary filmmaking technique, focusing on closed-communities.

Her second film, Women in Sink (2015), about an Arab hair salon in Israel, is currently being shown at film festivals worldwide, including IDFA, AFI and Visions du Reel.

She is currently teaching Screen Documentary at Royal Holloway University, London.


After making his first feature doc, Over The Wall, Matthew was selected as a Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2012 Doc/Future delegate and was part of the Doc Next Network making shorts on behalf of the British Film Institute.

Matthew’s documentaries have gone on to screen across Europe including Cannes Film Festival, IDFA and Planete+Doc Warsaw and have also been broadcast both nationally and internationally.

Asides from making documentaries he produces campaign and promotional films for charities and businesses.

He also works freelance as a Cameraman / Editor for various news outlets.




Tariq Elmeri is an up and coming director. He was one of the prominent documentarians of Libya's 2011 revolution.  Based in the UK now, he focuses on issues of identity, youth and culture in his films.  His most recent film, Forest Gate Girls, explores the questions of identity and belonging for teenage Muslim girls in the UK.

Born in the US, raised in the US, Africa and the Middle East, now living in the UK and fluent in three languages, he describes his identity as nomadic and allowing him to see stories from varying perspectives.  

He is currently completing a Masters in Directing Documentary at the National Film & Television School.


Nick Watson is a London based Filmmaker and Editor, Director of critically acclaimed documentary The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women which premiered on BBC4 and has been sold worldwide, and co-creator of Choose Your Own Documentary, an award winning interactive show, which toured the UK and played at the Edinburgh, Tribeca, Sheffield and Antenna Festivals. 

He has spent many years producing, editing and directing short factual films for the BBC, ITV, indies and ad agencies. 

Recently he has been editing shorts for BBC3, producing an eight part film series for the Royal Academy and producing six short films as part of the BBC's 'Inspiring Others' Season.