Our Judges

OUR JUDGES:

BARBARA BLOOMFIELD

Barbara Bloomfield is a writer and broadcaster who is also a supervisor/trainer for Relate.

Starting out as a radio news producer with the BBC in Southampton and later as a freelance producer in London, Mexico and China, Barbara studied politics at Ruskin College in Oxford where she co-wrote a best-selling book called The Enemy Within: Pit Villages during the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike.  This provided the inspiration for her film script, Gray’s Amazing Flea Circus, which has been heavily supported by South West Screen.

A Relate counsellor since 1994, Barbara believes that happiness in relationships can often be linked to the joy of creating and, as a trainer and supervisor, she uses writing, drawing and drama in her counselling work with families and couples. She has written several books and radio pieces about relationships including The Relate Guide to Finding Love and a booklet Enduring Lovers, romantic tales from people over 75. She is currently collaborating with illustrator, Chris Radley, on a graphic book to be published next year, called: Couples Therapy: Dramas of Love and Sex.

 

 

FRANCINE HEYWOOD 

Chair of the Judging Panel

Francine’s rather unusual journey into the world of film making began after she successfully completed her MBA.  Since then, she’s produced three short films through the BFI’s “Digital Shorts” and “Completion Fund” programmes, UNBORN (wr/dir. Justin Trefgarne), TOUCHED BY A STRANGER (dir. Derek Boyes) and STRANDED (dir. Martin Malone). The first two have been acquired by Shorts TV and STRANDED was recently broadcast on the BBC HD channel.  She then went on to produce the multi-award winning documentary SONS OF CUBA (dir. Andrew Lang) which has been shown around the world, including theatres and TV in the UK.

NICK MIRSKY

Nick has recently arrived at C4, having worked as a director and Executive Producer at the BBC where he was responsible for – amongst other productions – Louis Theroux, Wonderland, The Armstrongs, The Experiment, When Michael Portillo Became A Single Mum,  The Week the Women Went, Blood on the Carpet, Vanessa Engle’s Women and Money, Maxwell, The Secretary who Stole £4 Million and Best: His Mother’s Son. He was also a Director for the business series BLOOD ON THE CARPET which won a Bafta.  He has previously worked as a Researcher and Assistant Producer at Brook Productions and Granada

1987- 1989 – Researcher and Assistant Producer at Brook Productions, Granada and BBC

1991 –2001 Producer- Director, BBC.  BAFTA for the business series BLOOD ON THE CARPET

2001- 2012   Executive Producer, BBC.  Credits include Louis Theroux, Wonderland, The Armstrongs, The Experiment, When Michael Portillo Became A Single Mum, The Week the Women Went, Blood on the Carpet, Vanessa Engle’s Women and Money, Maxwell, The Secretary who Stole £4 Million and Best: His Mother’s Son.

HUGH PALMER

Hugh Palmer joined Oxfordshire Relate’s team of relationship counsellors in 2005, after a successful career as a location photographer. His pictures have been featured in most of the major UK and US magazines, and his series of “Most Beautiful Villages” travel books for Thames & Hudson have remained best-sellers. Since returning to live in Oxford, where he studied at Exeter College, he has found counselling a highly satisfying second career – “ I loved having the opportunity of seeing so many fantastic places”, he says, “but I found I was missing out on contact with people– and helping couples with their relationship difficulties has certainly redressed the balance!  It is fascinating work and a real privilege.”

GARY SHENTON

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Gary has been at Film Oxford for almost 10 years. Working in his role as Production Development Manager he has produced over 40 short films, many of them getting national and international festival exposure. In addition he has exec produced features including the highly acclaimed ‘Anyone Can Play Guitar’ and the award winning ‘Thank You Skinhead Girl’ which has been broadcast in the UK and Europe. Working with regional screen agencies and the UK Film Council Gary has supported the professional development of many local screenwriters, directors, producers and technical crew as well as supporting networking and exhibition in Oxfordshire.