Selection Committee

Ciarán Charles

Ciarán has worked in script development and production across the film and television industry for the past eight years and has recently opened his own content creation company Rockall Films. Rockall was founded to work on narratives that drive change. Their aim is to create ambitious, imaginative and relative drama for the global market.
Prior to this Ciarán worked as marketplace co-ordiantor with the Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland’s leading Film Festival.
Ciarán holds an MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Sunderland and is the current Puttnam Scholar for 2019/20 – a unique mentoring opportunity with Oscar Winner David Puttnam

Gaia Meucci-Astley

Gaia is a film programmer, script reader and project assessor, with 10 years of experience working in new and emerging talent.
From 2012 to 2021 Gaia was the Short Film Programmer of short film and animation festival Encounters in Bristol, in charge of curating the live action international competition. In 2009 and 2010 she was the Short Film Programmer of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Gaia also worked in the UK and France in different capacities, including animation production for Red Kite Animation in Scotland, short film distribution for Paris-based Autour de Minuit, film festivals operations and programming. Her festival positions also include the BFI London International Film Festival and the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.
As a freelance film curator, she has collaborated with organisations such as the ICA in London, where she programmed the retrospective Jarmusch in Context in 2009, and the Forum des Images in Paris, where in 2012 she was the Assistant Programmer of London Calling, a season of films about London.
Currently, she is focusing on expanding her freelance work in talent development, collaborating as a script reader, mentor, assessor and judge for organisations including the BFI Network, Berlin-based Serial Eyes, screenwriting services provider Shore Scripts and LIM | Less is More.

Héloïse Noé

Héloïse Noé is a Creative Producer & Head of Development for international feature films that try to explore the borders of cinematographic experimentation via an independent production system.
In 2014, she joined Cinema Defacto as production & post-production coordinator, being involved in several critically acclaimed arthouse films such as LOS PERROS by Marcela Said and THE LOAD by Ognjen Glavonic. She became Head of Development in 2018, working alongside first-time and experienced filmmakers. She took part in the 2019 workshop session of LIM as Development Angel, before joining the 41st edition of the Festival du Film de Femmes as assistant programmer. The same year, she took over the position of Head of Development at Les Valseurs, a French production & distribution company. Recent projects include THE HERON by Brazilian filmmakers Nara Normande & Tião (Ateliers d’Angers & Nipkow Programm) and VR projects by João Paulo Miranda Maria.

Alki Politi

Alki Politi is a writer and director based in Athens. She graduated from the department of Film Studies of the Fine Arts at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and did her Master’s in Screenwriting, Directing and Production at the University of Panthéon/Sorbonne Paris I. She has worked as an assistant director for various productions and as a script consultant in Greece and in France. As a filmmaker she has written and directed a few short films and is now developing her first fiction feature film. On 2018 she worked in collaboration with the Mediterranean Film Institute’s script workshop as an assistant trainer.

Michal Reich

Michal Reich has been working in the film industry since 2011. He is a graduate of the Editing Department at FAMU in Prague and participated in several script consulting workshops (Script Consulting Incubator, Midpoint Training, Script Circle).
Some of the films he edited have garnered international recognition / Cannes 2012, TIFF 2019, Busan IFF 2019, Cairo IFF 2019, Cottbus FF 2020 / and since 2017 he has been teaching film language and dramaturgy at FAMU.
Co-founder of script consulting platform “Catalyst” (in development) which aims to support films from the initial idea to the final cut.
In his free time, he loves to visit remote regions around the world, listen to local stories and direct short documentaries on socio-political issues.