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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.

 
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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.

@motionbot


Nina Thomas   Project Assistant, Researcher   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.

Nina Thomas
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.

@ninathomasart


James Morton   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.

James Morton
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.

@james_e_morton


Arfath Islam   Photographer   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!

Arfath Islam
Photographer

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!


Esther Rodriguez   BSL Interpreter   Esther has been a Qualified Interpreter for many years helping to breach language barriers and facilitate access to services for the community. She is learning BSL and hopes to become a fluent signer. She cycles everywhere and is always up for a laugh.

Neil Adie
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.


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Irina Drytchak
BSL Interpreter

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.

@signforall


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Kairon Edwards
Events Team

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.

@KaironEdwards


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Bel Bailey-Melouney
Host

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.


James Stephens   Sound Recordist, Project Assistant   James brings to the team a rounded background in film production, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema.

James Stephens
Sound Recordist

James brings to the team a rounded background in film production, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema.

@ZamesStephens

 

VOLUNTEERS

Aaron Hands
Acer KM
Adam Katai
Adam Smith
Agnes Bataclan
Akash Beri
Alasdair Bayman
Alex Liberatore
Alexandru Zepciuc
Alison Ross
Amy Harrington
Anne-Aurélie Pillet
Anniwaa Buachie
Artur Haluda
Becky Matthews
Ben Sayers
Caesar Morales
Celine Laine
Charlotte Domingos
Chioma Anyanwu
Clara Griffiths
Darryl Dsouza
Daniel Asante
Dimitra Anastasopoulou
Dinita Moore
Esther Rodriguez
Evelyn Lau
Ewan Phillips
Fabio Tavares
Gabrielle Rogers
Gael Le Cornec
George
Gillian Wright
Giovanni Rotondo
Huiwen Wu
Inga Golubeva
Irina Drytchak
Iqra Ali
Jade Odle
Jay Begum
Joaquim Badia
Jos St Hilaire
Jose Artigas
Jose Miranda
Jowita Jakubowska
Kairon Edwards
Keenen Lee
Kone-Brown Asia
Krishan Vadher
Kyle McEvoy
Laura Leon
Laura Turcatti
Lukas Revzin
Luke Priadi
Manon Clement
Marianna Meloni
Maryam Shaikh
May Ziade
Meike Lindsen
Mike Horn
Moses Sangobiyi
Mussa Abdalla
Nadia Belamine
Natalie Smith
Nathan Benham
Nathan Taylor
Nayeem Mahmud
Nikita Constant
Nigel Twumasi
Paula Franks
Pawel Murzyn
Paxi Cano
Peter Hall
Rachel Jones
Richard McLeod
Rob Foreman
Rowana James
Roy Hedges
Roy Smit
Ru Chulkova
Samar Abdel-Rahman
Sandy Abdelrahman
Shoun Obana
Simon Bell
Svetlana Videnova
Txell TZ
Viktor Tholedo
Zareen S