The Film Bunch is run entirely by volunteers
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
- Helen Keller
We work with a committed team and are always on the lookout for new people to join us. We need photographers, videographers, BSL interpreters, judges, events team members, marketing assistants and more! If you’re interested in getting involved, drop us an email to tell us a little bit about you and what you want to get your teeth into.
Shajna Begum (Shaz)
Founder and Director
After graduating in Media Studies and completing a one-year filmmaking programme, Shaz went on to become a freelance film editor. Being hard-of-hearing, she relies on captions and noticed the lack of it at film events, so she set up The Film Bunch to bring everyone together, whether they need captions or not.
Shaz is a fan of making tribute videos - if you want one, you'll have to get on her good side! When she's not editing or planning events, she's doodling, taking photos of abandoned things or rewatching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Founding Member, Project Coordinator
Nina has an MA in Art and Media Practice. She enjoys exploring low-tech, experimental approaches to art, photography and filmmaking. Being severely deaf, she is passionate about making the arts accessible for all.
Social Media Assistant
James is a filmmaker, writer and social media-user extraordinaire. He made a short film in Japan last year and is currently working on a feature. He works in TV for BBC Two, and has measured out his life in coffee spoons/Starbucks hazelnut lattes.
Arfath is a computer science graduate with a love of all things geeky (especially superheroes). He regularly attends events such as Comic Con. Photography is one of his biggest passions in life. He used to hate taking and being in photos growing up... Now he can't stay away from the camera!
Founding Member, Events Team
Neil has a strong interest in media production from ideas to finished films. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Production in 2010 and has experience of working in film festivals and Broadcast PR. He is also Deafblind and can add input to The Film Bunch. He loves anything that is transport-related and will show you pictures of buses.
Irina is a Child of a Deaf Adult (CODA) and works as a British Sign Language Interpreter. She is the Director of Sign for All, which provides awareness and accessibility to deaf families. She has worked in the deaf community for several years working with children, young people and adults. She has supported The Film Bunch in interpreting film and networking events.
Kairon is a freelance filmmaker and director. He makes short films and documentaries and in his spare time, works in portrait / documentary photography. He has experience volunteering at film festivals.
Bel is an Australian MC with a BA in Film, Television and Media. He cut his teeth hosting whilst presiding over both his University's Film and Doctor Who societies, as well as gaining his love for representing those who need help speaking for themselves serving on the Student Representative Council. When not engaging audiences, he can be found in the closest cinema revelling in everything the world of movies has to offer.
Gael Le Cornec
Jos St Hilaire