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Who we are

The Team

Matt Lloyd

Festival Director and Trustee

Matt has worked in film exhibition in Scotland for twenty five years. He was short film programmer of Edinburgh International Film Festival from 2004 to 2008. His critical history of EIFF, How the Movie Brats Took Over Edinburgh, was published by St Andrews Film Studies in 2011. He has been involved in programming or producing several Scottish film festivals including two high profile Highland events with Mark Cousins and Tilda Swinton. Matt has directed GSFF since the 2010 edition, and leads the Scottish competition selection committee. He’s also made three short films, at least two of which were really really bad.

Oisín Kealy

Programme Manager

Oisín is a Glasgow-based researcher in culture and politics who has worked with GSFF since 2018. He leads the International competition selection committee. Oisín holds a doctorate on the programming and exhibition practices of human rights film festivals in South America, and has also worked in various capacities with Document Human Rights Film Festival (Glasgow), Go Short International Short Film Festival (Nijmegen), and Entretodos Human Rights Short Film Festival (São Paulo). He is a resident DJ on internet radio station Radio Buena Vida, where you can listen to his show Neighbouring Sounds on the second Wednesday of each month.


Euan Duncan

Chair of Trustees

Euan is an IP and commercial contracts lawyer who has been working and advising on intellectual property matters and commercial contracts for almost 30 years. He advises, almost daily basis, on media-related commercial contracts, disputes and the protection of rights in the creative industries and media sector. Over and above a professional interest Euan is passionate about arts and culture and looks to the arts and creative industries for inspiration, fun and relaxation. Euan is a Partner at the newly merged firm Morton Fraser MacRoberts LLP.

David Parkhill


David started his career in West End theatre and film and has worked in both commercial and not for profit organisations. Recently David was Director of Finance and Resources at British Film Institute. Before BFI, David worked for VisitBritain (the British Tourist Authority responsible for marketing Britain overseas and developing Britain’s visitor economy) as Director of Business Services and was also Chief Operating Officer of the Southbank Centre through the £115m refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall. His charitable experience includes being a trustee of the Donmar Warehouse Theatre and Deputy Chairman of the Bush Theatre.

Lee Brazier


Lee spent five years at FilmFour as a Creative Executive aiding development and production on a variety of titles including Shaun of the DeadSexy Beast and Gangster No. 1. Lee then set up Mr. B Films and Executive Produced the feature film Calibre which received the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at Edinburgh International Film Festival. Lee also produced the short Take the Shot for Northern Ireland Screen and Creative Scotland with co-producer Claire Mundell. The feature length version is scheduled for a Scottish shoot in 2022. Most recently, Lee Executive Produced the Richard Curtis written & Danny Boyle directed Yesterday for Working Title.

Fiona Carr


Fiona has nearly twenty years experience working in Fundraising and Development across Scotland for a number of key cultural organisations. Currently working at Edinburgh Science as Head of Development, her remit covers all elements of income generation, from working with sponsors, donors and supporters to create meaningful and valuable partnerships, to working with public bodies and trusts to meet ambitious fundraising targets. Previously Head of Development for both the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Filmhouse, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, she is passionate about all elements of Scotland’s cultural landscape and ensuring that everyone has access to the many events and festivals that Scotland has to offer.

Violette Martin


Violette started her career in Paris working in short film and children’s TV production, before she moved to London and entered the wonderful world of distribution in 2008. She worked in short films distribution and broadcast before joining the international sales teams at BBC Worldwide and Sony Pictures Television. Between 2017 and 2022, Violette was leading UK and international film sales for the BFI. She is now working as Head of Distribution and International Sales at Film Soho/Studio Soho.

David Gattens

Company Secretary

David has been Finance/Commercial Director at Glasgow Film Theatre since December 2014. A Chartered Accountant by profession, his wider responsibilities include personnel, front of house, technical and retail. When asked, he tells polite company that his favourite film is Blade Runner, but really it is Blue Velvet.

Pre-selectors 2025

Heather Bradshaw

Scottish and International selection

Heather (she/her) has worked for Glasgow Short Film Festival as Festival Coordinator, Festival Assistant and Submissions Viewer since 2019, as well as viewing submissions for Copenhagen Short Film Festival and WoFF. She has also worked for Manchester Animation Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival.

Lauren Clarke

International selection

Lauren is a film programmer, curator and researcher originally from Toronto and based in Glasgow. She has worked with a wide range of UK and international film festivals. Currently she is the documentary Programming Associate at TIFF, programmes the experimental strand at Aesthetica Short Film Festival and is a member of Invisible Women Collective.

Grace Coletta Feinmann

International selection

Grace is a recent graduate of the University of Glasgow where she studied English Literature and Film & TV studies. She enjoys working in Glasgow’s film festival circuit, having helped Africa in Motion co-ordinate their short film competition, and was GSFF’s Festival Coordinator in 2023. She was also on Glasgow Film Festival’s submissions team for their 2023 edition, and volunteers at Glasgow Women’s Library helping with their heritage tours around the city. 

Naomi Gessesse

International selection

Naomi has worked in various capacities in film exhibition for several years, including for festivals such as SQIFF, Africa in Motion, Alchemy Film & Arts and Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. They joined the Glasgow Short Film Festival International selection committee in 2023. 

Jack Guariento

International selection

Jack is a filmmaker and programmer from Glasgow, currently based in Montreal. He recently finished working as a programming assistant for Iberodocs. Jack has also curated a programme of short films related to housing activism, screened at the CCA in Glasgow, and is a 2023 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen Seminar Fellow.

Carina Haouchine

International selection

Carina is a documentary filmmaker, writer and all-round film freelancer. Through social documentary training with OTOXO Productions in Barcelona, she mainly self-shoots and edits and has made films in collaboration with arts projects and charities from around the U.K. She is currently in post-production for her first feature film Session Zero, a coming-of-age documentary (with dragons!). 

Nancy Holt

International selection

Nancy joined Glasgow Short Film Festival as a marketing assistant for the 2023 edition. With a background in film academia and curation, she is currently completing her master’s research on queer film festivals in the UK. Nancy loves all things queer, all things film and all things vegan – which is why her move to Glasgow in September last year felt like a very good decision indeed.

Emilia Mazik

International selection

Emilia is a freelance film programmer based in the Netherlands. From 2014 she worked as a programmer at Short Waves Festival in Poland, eventually taking over as a festival director (2019-2022). In 2020 she joined the editorial team of Talking Shorts. Concurrently, as a representative of European Short Film Network she was among the founders of the This Is Short streaming platform. In 2022 she became the Head of Industry at Kaboom Animation Festival in the Netherlands. Currently, she also provides services within the field of film research and exhibition copies management for Batalha Centro de Cinema (Portugal). Emilia is also a selection committee member of Krakow Film Festival (Poland) and a Board Member of Leiden Shorts (the Netherlands).

Jessie McGoff

International selection

Jessie is a writer and video essayist. She has been published in the likes of MUBI Notebook, CinemaScope and Another Gaze. Her video essays have been shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Glasgow Short Film Festival and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Film Festival. She has taught at several universities and is a mentor for European Network for Film Discourse’s Workshop for Film Criticism. She currently works in an arts organisation in Glasgow.

Balenji Mwiche

Scottish selection

Balenji is currently the development and production assistant at Short Circuit, the film development hub for emerging Scottish filmmakers. She has been part of Leeds Film’s INDIs Young Film Programmers group and was a member of the 2022 cohort of Screen Yorkshire’s Beyond Brontës programme. Previously she worked in the third sector as a community and outreach development worker at Voluntary Action Leeds, and the West Yorkshire Print Workshop, and as a youth campaigns officer at Leeds City College. More recently she has worked as a programme assistant within Creative England’s Enterprise team. She hopes to combine filmmaking and programming with community-based practice and has been building her experience by working with organisations such as Glasgow Artists’ Moving Image Studios.

Savina Petkova

International selection

Savina is a Bulgarian film critic and programmer based in London. Her bylines include MUBI NotebookLittle White LiesFilm CommentSenses of CinemaVariety, among others. She’s part of the editorial board of Talking Shorts and currently finishing a doctorate at King’s College London on animal metaphors and metamorphoses. Savina is also a feature programmer for Sofia International Film Festival and Cambridge Film Festival. Member of the Critics Circle, European Film Academy, BIFA, and FIPRESCI.

Michael Lee Richardson

International and Scottish selection

Michael is a writer and youth worker based in Glasgow. Michael’s short film My Loneliness is Killing Me – directed by Tim Courtney – won a BAFTA Scotland Award in 2018 and has been shown at film festivals around the world. Michael currently has television projects in development with Kindle Entertainment, Projector Pictures and Tigerlily, and a new funded short in development with Bombito. Michael is passionate about queer cinema, and has programmed shorts programmes for SQIFF, Pride House and Citizenfest Glasgow in the past. Michael likes 80s makeover montages, witches, and going to the shops.

Natasha Thembiso Ruwona

International selection

Natasha is an artist and creative programmer.  They have curated film strands for festivals such as Africa in Motion, Glasgow Film Festival, and Glasgow Short Film Festival.  Natasha’s own films use water as a method of thinking through history, geography, and national identity.

Milda Valiulytė

International selection

Milda is an arts worker, curator and film programmer. Prior to joining GSFF, they programmed shorts for the Vilnius International Film Festival and Africa in Motion. Their latest curated programme Collective Dreaming has been presented in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow and Meno Avilys & SODAS 2123 in Vilnius. Milda’s research interests include practises of community-oriented cinema, intersections between film and contemporary art, as well as art as a method for collective reflection & liberation.