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NikPowell Chair of the Film Committee

In the early 1970s Nik Powell set up Virgin Records with Richard Branson. In 1982, he formed Palace Productions with Stephen Woolley and exec-produced all productions, including Neil Jordan's award-winning Company of Wolves, Oscar-nominated & Cannes award-winning Mona Lisa and Oscar-winning The Crying Game. In 1992 Nik and Stephen formed SCALA Productions where they produced Terence Davies' The Neon Bible, the Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Little Voice by Mark Herman, and Fred Schepsi's Last Orders. Nik's latest film is Ladies in Lavender starring Dame Judi Dench. He is Director of the National Film and Television School and Deputy Chair of the European Film Academy. Nik was awarded the title Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in recognition of his work with French and European film schools as the Vice-chairman of GEECT.


Pippa Harris Deputy Chair of the Film Committee

Pippa started her career at Jacaranda Productions as a production assistant in 1989. After that she worked as a script editor for ITV and Channel Four, before becoming Development Executive at BBC Films. She was then promoted to Executive Producer, BBC Drama Serials where her productions included The Way We Live Now, Care, The Sleeper, Love in a Cold Climate and Warriors. In 2001 she became Head of Drama Commissioning for the BBC, working alongside Jane Tranter. BBC commissions included State Of Play, The Lost Prince, Cutting It, Flesh and Blood and Daniel Deronda. In 2003, she co-founded film and theatre production company, Neal Street Productions, with partners Sam Mendes and Caro Newling. Here she heads up the film and TV side. Since forming the company, Pippa has produced films Starter For Ten, Jarhead and Stuart A Life Backwards and executive produced Things We Lost in the Fire, Revolutionary Road and Away We Go.


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Lisa’s first job in the film industry was in 1980 working for Tony Palmer, director of Wagner, a nine hour film shot all over Europe. She started as Simon Channing-Williams' runner and finished as an assistant diector. She then went on to work with pop promo director Tim Pope, becoming his producer in 1982. In 1985 Lisa and Tim set up Cowboy Films, which became one of the most sought after production companies in London, making over 500 music videos, 400 commercials, ten short films (including the Oscar winner Wasp) and three feature films Goodbye Charlie Bright, The Hole and the award-winning The Last King of Scotland. In 2010 Lisa Executive Produced Hannah Rothschild's documentary Mandelson-the Real PM? Lisa is a trustee of Action on Addiction, an addiction charity with treatment centres, halfway houses and a research department and training center. Lisa is also a trustee of the Westside Independent School based in West London. This is a small school for 14-16 year olds who have been found to be disengaging from mainstream education and are at risk of total exclusion from any schools. The children are supported in order to complete their GCSEs and hopefully go back into mainstream education.


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BAFTA Award winning writer / director Asif Kapadia is known for his visually striking films exploring the lives of ‘outsiders’ living in extreme or unforgiving landscapes. Kapadia's graduate short The Sheep Thief, shot in India won Second Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival (Cinefoundation). Kapadia’s first feature The Warrior won two BAFTA Awards; The Alexander Korda Award for British Film of the Year and The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Director, Screenwriter or Producer in their First Feature Film and was Nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language. Kapadia’s fourth feature SENNA won two BAFTA awards for Best Documentary and Best Editing and was Nominated for Best British Film. SENNA is the highest grossing British documentary of all time.


Framestore creates digital images (visual effects and animation) for Hollywood studios, UK and US broadcasters and international advertising agencies. Framestore has won the major creative awards internationally - Academy Award (Oscar), British Academy (Bafta), US Television Academy (Primetime Emmy), Royal Television Society and many more. The company employs over 600 staff (artists, computer scientists, producers and mathematicians) in offices in Soho London and SoHo New York and LA.

William is a Fellow, Royal Society for the Arts, was a Board member of HM Treasury (2005 – 2010), Cabinet Office (2005 – 2007) Permanent Secretary, Regulatory Reform (2005 – 2009), and was knighted in 2008.

William was raised in Rio de Janeiro, educated by American nuns followed by Irish Jesuits in Ireland, and finally Trinity College, Dublin.

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