Filippo Polesel

DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMER


Filippo is an award-winning writer and producer of commercials, web content and short films. He graduated from the London College of Media with a BA in Advertising and Video Production in 2005. His advertising portfolio includes brands such as Fiat, P&G and Campbell’s amongst others. He is also the founder of award-winning short film festival Shorts On Tap, which he led to become the fastest-growing short film showcase in London with sold-out events and extensive media coverage. Shorts On Tap has been awarded the prestigious Film London Boost Award in 2015, and is now an international showcase with events planned in Berlin, Madrid and Tokyo.

 

Michele Fiascaris

DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMER

Michele Fiascaris is a London Film Academy 2010 graduate. He has written and directed numerous commercials, short films, music videos and the feature film “Fat Cat”. His works have been selected in over a dozen film festivals worldwide, from Berlin, LA, NY, Rome, Bruges, Madrid and others. He has won several awards with his feature film FAT CAT, among these “Best Foreign Film” at the Las Vegas Pollygrind Film Festival and “Best Cinematography” at the Madrid International Film Festival. He has worked as a director for BBC and BAFTA TV and for brands such as “P&G”, “FIAT”, “Campbell’s”, “Barilla” and numerous others, including the United Nations. Michele is currently developing his latest feature film, the black comedy “Made in Italy”.

 

Pia Jackson

PRESENTER


Pia Jackson is a TV Presenter, Actress, Filmmaker, Writer, Producer, Blogger and Voice Over Artist.
With an enormous variety of experience within the factual entertainment and corporate genres, Pia is a versatile and multi-talented presenter. Her most recent presenting credits include training with the Royal Marines, presenting the Chelsea Flower Show, launching Absolutely Magazine in SW London, learning Krav Maga as well as providing the voice for the Calvin Harris Takeover Show on BBCís Radio 1. Pia is also an experienced voice-over artist, avid blogger and published author.

 

Yuriko Okamura

PROGRAMMER, EVENT MANAGER

Yuriko is a film programmer, writer and translator based in Berlin. After graduated from Kingís College London (MA Film Studies) in 2015, she started her career as a film programmer and also started working in film production. Currently, she is a programmer for Berlin Film Society and is also working on programming for other film screening projects. She has been working with film production companies in Berlin since 2015. As a translator, she has made subtitles for films including a feature-length documentary film ìBam Bam Bam: The Story of Sonzeiraî for the theatrical release in Japan. For Shorts On Tap, she has co-programmed ìTokyo Callingî with Filippo in January 2015, and she has also coordinated Shorts On Tap screenings in Tokyo and in Berlin.

 
 

Holly Thicknes

PROGRAMMER, EVENT MANAGER

Holly is a freelance writer, film critic and event organiser living in London, her hometown. A Film and Literature graduate from Warwick University, she previously worked as a Media Management Librarian at Ericsson before moving into the freelance realm. Her passion for orchestrating film screenings lies in her intrigue for the socially energising power of the togetherness and debate that public screenings encourage.
Holly is the co-founder of Girls On Film: a blog advocating the power of film as an art form with reviews, ratings, interviews and general musings on the London cinema scene.

 

Amelia Conway

PROGRAMMER, EVENT MANAGER

Amelia is the co-founder of Girls on Film, a site dedicated to dissecting films, the London film scene and how women fit into all of this. Started over two years ago it aims to create a space for women writers to express themselves, whether in jubilation or despair with what they see on screen. A graduate of American History and Literature from University of Nottingham, Amelia recently broke free from the trappings of the Marketing industry to throw herself fully into the film world. Alongside event programming for Shorts on Tap she hopes to break into the casting industry, to help find fresh talent and give young actors a chance.

 

Koichi Mori

EVENT MANAGER: SHORTS ON TAP JAPAN

Founding Partner, KiSMet Productions
Koichi works in film production, as well as coordinating screenings for the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan and programming Japanese films for the New York Asian Film Festival and several European film festivals. He also runs Tokyo Filmgoer, which promotes English-subbed screenings of Japanese film.

 

Heléna Antonio

PROJECT MANAGER & ACT ONE CASTING DIRECTOR

Helena studied acting between Spain and Italy, taking also classes with John Strasberg and Ivana Chubbock. She's been working between both countries,("Sinox" by J.L.Rojas; "Lye-Liscivia"by F.Niccolai; "Beyond"by S.Corvaglia;"Ris Roma 2" by F.MiccichÈ), and she also had the privilege to work with directors as Julio Medem and Tony Kaye. In 2015 she moved to London and filmed the award winning "Arrivederci Rosa", by Flaminia Graziadei and "Two of a kind" by Roki Verbosek and also several commercials, as "Aperol Spritz". Sheís a versatile actress, always passionate and professional. Helena's currently rehearsing a feature film in Uk.

 
 

Julia Malahovska

PROGRAMMER, EVENT MANAGER

Julia is a person of mixed European heritage, originally hailing from a fabulous city of Riga – hence the unpronounceable surname. A Film and Literature graduate from Warwick University, she divides her time between being a full-time receptionist and a film writer and critic, never letting go of a passion for all things film. Thanks to Pedro Almodovar, Julia is an ardent supporter of independent cinema as one of the most honest means of self-expression and she really hopes to make her mark in order for it to flourish.

 

Kesia Harriet Guillery

PRODUCER ACT ONE

Kesia is a London-born actor, director, and general theatre-maker, with a particular interest in cross-media innovative forms that take Theatre out of theatres and into unexpected places. Hence her excitement about merging live acts and film for Shorts On Act One. She graduated with a First-Class degree in French & German from the University of Cambridge, and trained in acting in Paris at the Conservatoire Camille Saint-Saëns. Her time studying at Cambridge has also played a massive part in her theatrical formation. She has performed at a number of venues in France and the UK. Credits include The Centenary of Stravinsky Rite of Spring at the Théâtre des Champs-Èlysées, the Cambridge University ETG Tour of Richard III, and work with theatre companies Light Of The Moon Productions, Shadow Road, Perform & Give and Colab Theatre. Kesia is hoping to explore possibilities of merging film, theatre and other media to create performance experiences that baffle expectations.

 

Anais Barbier

EVENT MANAGER SHORTS ON TAP FRANCE

Anaïs is a French girl from the Alps living in Paris. After obtaining a Bachelor in Communication and Art, and a year in the ancient city of Constantinople, she started a Masters in Cultural Studies. Having been out a lot in Paris, she and her partner in crime, Fanny, hope to find the best places in the city to highlight the talent of young actors. 
 

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Fanny Bouteille

EVENT MANAGER SHORTS ON TAP FRANCE

After studying for a Bachelor in Cultural Studies in the field, Fanny decided to specialize in music and audiovisual media. As a fervent lover of performance and pluridisciplinary art, and following her different experiences as a production manager at several French festivals, she is ready to put her organizing talents into practice.
 

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