Goals & Manifesto

Cheap Cuts Documentary Film Festival is heading to its 4th edition in 2020! We are a group of creative individuals working with passion to promote short documentary as both a means of artistic expression and social change. We want to give short documentary the status it deserves. By providing short doc filmmakers their own platform, it means we can showcase many more of these films than a film festival that caters to both narrative and no-fiction.


Vera Hems Anderson - Head Programmer & Production Manager

Vera studied Film & Video Production at the London College of Communication, shooting her graduation documentary in Uruguay. She then went on to complete her MA at Birkbeck, University of London with her dissertation on documentaries shot within the United States prison system. Vera has worked as a producer and production assistant on feature and short documentary. She also works as a programmer for Last Frame Film Club.

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Natalia Garay Ceron - Head Programmer & Technical Manager

Natalia studied Audiovisual Communication at University Complutense in Madrid alongside a BA in filmmaking at Septima Ars school. Then she went on to complete her MA in Digital Sound. She has worked as a production coordinator for music documentaries at Universal Music Group. She is also a curator for Last Frame Club and on her spare time she freelances as a dubbing mixer and sound editor. She has been involved in project such as local independent radio stations, and organising film workshops in Spain and the UK. 


Lucille McLennan - Programmer

Based in Brighton, Lucille started out her career in film as an intern at Raindance Film Festival in 2015. Ever since completing an MA in Film Studies at the University of Sussex, she has worked in marketing and distribution for Seventh Art Productions, an independent and internationally-recognized film company that specializes in the making of art documentary. Her all-time favourite docs are Grey Gardens, Sherman's March and American Movie: The Making of Northwestern.


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Chloe Abrahams - Programmer and Production Coordinator

Chloe Abrahams is a British Sri Lankan filmmaker and artist based between London and New York, and was a recipient of the John Brabourne Award in 2020. Chloe is currently working on her first feature documentary, It Didn’t Start With You, and is undertaking a Master's in Moving Image at the Royal College of Art.



Ellie Hodgetts - Programming Assistant

Ellie studied her Masters in Documentary Filmmaking at The Northern Film School with her graduation films screening at festivals internationally. She is particularly motivated to work on stories which focus on women's voices and LGBTQ+ issues and acts as an ambassador for 16 Days 16 Films, a film event associated with 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Clara Helbig - Programming & Production Assistant

Interested in exploring the intersection of non-fiction as an art form and agent for change, Clara decided to follow a path in documentary filmmaking after working for a children’s rights NGO in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She loves to shoot and develop film and is currently acting as Programme Curator for Goldsmiths’ Visual Cultures Society. Clara grew up in east Germany and is currently studying for a B.A. in Anthropology and Media at Goldsmiths, University of London.




Dumitrita Pacicovschi - Programming Assistant

Dumitrita is a festival programmer and documentary producer (Silicone Soul, Minka, The Summer Help,Beneath the Ink,).

In the past she worked for Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival and the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival. Around the year she also pre-screens films for AFI Docs and Minneapolis St. Paul IFF. Dumitrita graduated with a MSc in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh and currently programs documentaries for Moldox IDFF while also heading the industry side at Moldox and organizing the advanced documentary workshop and pitch within the festival’s doc lab.


Jannat Suleman - Preselector 

Jannat Suleman is currently an undergraduate in English Literature, at King's College London. She is an aspiring playwright and young poet, as well as the current Programme Manager at 62 Gladstone Street in Peterborough, a social platform and gallery for British Muslim artists. She enjoys theatre, both watching and producing it, and has had the opportunity to co-develop a two-hour original school production in 2018. 

Dayo Olopade - Preselector 

Dayo Olopade is an entrepreneur, executive, and online video expert based in London. She has been working at the intersection of technology and media for more than a decade, in product, business and editorial roles. She started her career as a child pundit in Washington, reported and wrote a book on modern Africa, and currently leads content and business partnerships for YouTube in emerging markets. In her spare time, she writes, runs, and makes impossible ideas real. 





Laurence Dorrington - Graphic Designer