Cinematographer Chloe Thomson on location.
Cinematographer Chloe Thomson on location.


Lighthouse, Brighton


Lighthouse presents this satellite event as part of Birds Eye View film festival to celebrate the work of female cinematographers in the UK.

As a visual medium, a film’s aesthetic is hugely important. And whilst we can namedrop cinematographers such as Roger Deakins and Anthony Dod Mantle, we hear less about Ellen Kuras, Agnès Godard and Charlotte Bruus Christensen. But in the UK right now, there is a growing number of women making their name as standout cinematographers. Join us for this informative panel discussion where our speakers will share their working processes, offer technical advice and talk about how they’ve advanced their career. Hosted by Deputy Head of Festivals at BFI Tricia Tuttle, the panel includes Taina Galis, Annemarie Lean-Vercoe and Chloë Thomson. Reflecting on some of the films from BFI Shorts 2012, as well as previous Guiding Lights mentees, we want to shine a light on their work and talk about the future.

This event is aimed at those interested in becoming cinematographers, as well as those looking to network and collaborate. After the event we will be hosting networking drinks in the bar.

This event is in partnership with Birds Eye View, Underwire and WFTV.

Date: Wednesday 9 April 2014
Time: Doors open 6.30pm, talk starts at 7pm.
Location: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Tickets: £5 (£3.50 concessions)
Booking: Eventbrite

Hashtag: #WomenDOP


Tricia Tuttle is Deputy Head of Festivals at BFI with responsibility for overseeing the programming teams of both BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. She joined the BFI from BAFTA where she was the Senior Manager, Film & Skills. During her 5 years with the Academy she was responsible for the film programme including the International Screenwriters Lecture Series, annual David Lean Lecture and the inaugural Brits to Watch: The Screenings, a talent development programme introducing exceptional UK talent to the US industry. Tricia was previously Screenings and Events programmer for filmmaker training body The Script Factory and she co-programmed the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; and programmed the talks and special events for the LFF. She edited Filmmakers’ Yearbook for A & C Black, Get Your Short Film Funded, Made and Seen for Shooting People.

Chloë Thomson is a cinematography graduate of the National Film and Television School, has shot a number of award-winning films, and her work has been screened at festivals worldwide, including Cannes and Sundance. Chloë shot 2nd Unit for the feature documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, which premiered at Sundance 2014, and had two short films in competition at Sundance 2013 – Jonah, a Film4 short, and Volume, her fiction graduation film, which won the British Independent Film Award 2012 for Best Short Film. Jonah was also nominated for a 2013 BIFA for Best Short Film, and won Best Cinematography at Underwire Festival 2013. Chloë also shot BFI Short, Field Study, directed by the award-winning filmmaker Eva Weber.

Taina Galis was born in Bucharest and has lived in London most of her life. She studied at FAMU, LSE and Oxford University. Her feature work includes Full Firearms, directed by Emily Wardill (FLAMIN) and the documentary, Prisoner of War: The Story of the real Rambo, directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Taina was mentored by Peter Suschitzky through Guiding Lights 2010/11. She won Best Cinematographer at the Underwire Film Festival 2012 for A Cuillin Rising, directed by Catriona MacInnes (Urbancroft/Digicult). The Curse, her third collaboration with director/writer Fyzal Boulifa as cinematographer and co-editor, won Best Short Film at Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival, and was BAFTA nominated.

Annemarie Lean-Vercoe was the first cinematographer ever selected for Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow 2012 feature, which highlights Britain’s top film talent. She studied cinematography at NFTS where she was the recipient of the Freddie Francis Scholarship, and won cinematography awards for two consecutive years at the Kodak Student Commercial Awards. Since graduating in 2003, Annemarie has shot award winning short films, promos, feature films and documentaries across Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. She has worked several times with acclaimed British directors Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, and Wreckers – a feature film starring Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbach and Shaun Evans – premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and was Annemarie’s first collaboration working with the director DR Hood. They have a new feature project This Family which is currently in development.

This event is in partnership with Birds Eye View, Underwire and WFTV, with support from the Skills Investment Fund managed by Creative Skillset on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.



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