Mazlum Gul | Festival Director & Organiser





Ruhi Karadag | Operations Manager | Festival Judge





 Abylay Zhakashov | Festival Jury












Jonell Rowe | Festival Jury










Aaron Gill | Actor, Writer & Festival Host

Kukul Sinan Arslan | Events Coordinator 

Utku Can Bozkurt | Head of Animation



Director, Writer, Producer

A multi award winner Ruhi Karadag is a director, producer and writer. He was born in Turkey. Karadag faced many trials and tribulation himself as he has been documenting Turkey’s last 30 years of political and socio-economic past, particularly focusing on Human Rights, Kurdish Question, state violence and massacres. He worked for various national newspapers and directed many programs and documentaries.

Abylay Zhakashov is a 25-year-old award-winning film producer based in Los Angeles, CA. 

With the blessings of his parents, he moved to America after schooling at the age of 17. In 2017 he founded the production company, Broken Cage Studio, located in Los Angeles, CA.

During these 2 years he solely produced 3 feature films, all in different genre - horror, prison break archive story and family drama. 

“Life is a journey, not a competition. I love to see people happy and succeeding.” –Abylay 


Jonell Rowe is a London and Bristol-based writer, director, editor and producer, who first ventured into the arts through studying drama and fine art at The BRIT School of performing arts. After graduating in 2011 with both a BTEC National and extended diploma in drama, Jonell went on to complete a writers course at the Lyric Hammersmith theatre in 2012 and along with other creatives, founded the production company 'Lionstooth films'.

Jonell Rowe is currently studying BA: Film and Television at the University of Bristol, where he has directed four student short films and is the tech representative of the film departmental society. 

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