Sonita Alleyne OBE
Sonita founded the production company Somethin’ Else in 1991 and was CEO until 2007. She was a member of The BBC Trust and Chair of the BBFC. She is currently a Director of The Cultural Capital Fund, The London Legacy Development Corporation and Master of Jesus College, Cambridge. In 2002 she received an OBE for services to broadcasting.
Noella has worked in the creative industry for twenty years. As a stylist she’s worked on feature films, shorts, TV shows and commercials. She's written and directed the short films, Forgotten and When I was a Younger. She also wrote the short drama elephant which has been accepted into sixteen festivals including two BAFTA and three Oscar qualifiers. elephant is currently available to view on AppleTV.
Forgotten has been selected for eight international film festivals and was Best Picture at IBDFF 2021. When I Was A Younger screened at the British Film Institute in July 2021 and has been selected for six international film festivals.
Damian Paul Daniel
Damian Paul Daniel is a cinematographer who shoots documentary films, broadcast television and commercials. He was selected as a BAFTA Brit To Watch in 2011. His TV credits include Later With Jools Holland and Call The Midwife. He shot the acclaimed Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us for the BBC and the documentary feature, Against The Tides, which is currently available to view on Sky Docs. Damian was DoP on the BAFTA winning short - The Black Cop in 2022.
James is a screenwriter who has worked with Working Title, Element Pictures, MRC, Celador, Warner Bros International TV as well as the multi-award winning producer James Gay-Rees. He won BAFTA’s Carl Foreman Scholarship, studied screenwriting at Cal State, Long Beach and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.