Steven Eastwood is an artist-filmmaker. Eastwood’s work is often concerned with ethics, belief, mental health and physical disability. Eastwood has screened and exhibited internationally. His first feature BURIED LAND was officially selected for Tribeca, Moscow and Mumbai Film Festivals in 2010. His documentary THOSE WHO ARE JESUS was nominated for a Grierson Award in 2001. Hehas published widely and is Reader in Film Practice at Queen Mary University London, where he oversees PhD film practice and converses the Masters programme in Documentary film. He lives and works in London.
Producer Elhum Shakerifar is a BAFTA nominated producer and recent recipient of the BFI Vision Award, producing and distributing documentaries through her company Hakawati with the core ethos that a good story is all in the telling. Recent credits include winner of the BIFA for Best Documentary Almost Heaven (Carol Salter, 2017) and BFI/Sundance funded Even When I Fall (Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon, 2017). In 2015, she self-distributed her BAFTA nominated production A Syrian Love Story (Sean McAllister, 2015) in the UK to such high visibility that it was named #3 Best Film of 2015 by the Guardian. Her work has been broadcast internationally and screened at festivals including Berlinale, IDFA and Rotterdam. Elhum is a programme advisor for London Film Festival for films from MENA and Iran and Film Curator for Shubbak, festival of contemporary Arab culture. In 2017, she was nominated for the Arab British Centre’s Award for Culture and was awarded the Women in Film and TV Factual Award.