The IEFF will take place October 1-7, 2018 (programme information is coming soon)


Steve Shaw
Member of American Society of Cinematographers

Cyrus Yavneh
American Film Producer

Amanda Pope
Emmy-award winning director Amanda Pope’s directing, producing, writing, and editing credits over her more than 20 year long career include documentary, dramatic, and social advocacy programs. Her work has focused on the dynamics of creativity in fine art, public art happenings, urban design, theatre and dance. Amanda has served on the Boards of New York Women in Film and Women in Film Foundation in Los Angeles, and has been a jury member for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences student films, The Humanitas Prize, and the International Documentary Association’s feature documentaries. Amanda is a Professor in production at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Alik Sakharov
Alik is a Soviet-born American television director. A formerDirector of Photography, he is an active member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).
Sakharov served as Director of Photography on numerous feature films, as well as a formidable number of programs for network television and premium cable, most notably on HBO’s The Sopranos (38 episodes), and, as Director/cinematographer, on HBO’s ROME (10 episodes), and Game of Thrones (8 episodes).
He served as Director/co-Executive Producer in the third season of Starz’ television series BLACK SAILS. He also served in seasons One and Two of TWC/Netflix mega budget series MARCO POLO (directing episodes: “Feast”;”The Fourth Step”;”Lost Crane”;”The Fellowship”), where he also directed a Christmas special episode entitled “MARCO POLO: One Hundred Eyes”.
In 2016, he joined the House of Cards team, directing chapters 55, 56, and 59.
As a member of the Sopranos creative ensemble, Sakharov was honored twice (in 2002 & 2004) by the American Film Institute’s A Year of Excellence Award.
In 2004 Sakharov earned the 19th Annual ASC Awards nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a single camera category for The Sopranosepisode “Long Term Parking.”
In 2007 Sakharov won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for the ROME episode “Passover”.
In 2013 Sakharov won the OFTA Award for Best Direction In A Drama Series for Game of Thrones.

Sir Ben Kingsley
Sir Ben Kingsley (born Krishna Pandit Bhanji; 31 December 1943) is an English actor with a career spanning over 50 years. He has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler’s List (1993), Twelfth Night (1996), Sexy Beast (2000),House of Sand and Fog (2003), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Shutter Island (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time(2010), Hugo (2011), Iron Man 3 (2013), The Boxtrolls (2014), and The Jungle Book (2016).
Kingsley was made a Knight Bachelor at Buckingham Palace in 2002 for services to the British film industry.In 2010, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.In 2013, he received the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment.

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