ESP Jury has been announced!

ESP Jury has been announced!

October 23, 2014

Check out the full list of names for the 2015 edition.



adina istrateAdina Istrate
I graduated from the London Film School as a
writer/director in 2012 with Outland, a post-apocalyptic
fantasy with 2 minutes of dialogue in it, tops. In 2013 I
was one of the Best Pitch winners at the ESP with The
Gender Reassignment Musical, a surreally verbose
ensemble piece about sex change procedures.
Terminally Happy, my latest short film, represented the
UK at Euro Connection in Clermont-Ferrand, participated
in Berlinale Short Film Station and was funded through
Film London’s London Calling scheme, in co-production with Vestnorsk
Filmsenter from Norway. I’m usually more modest than this.

Alaleksandra zacharchenkoeksandra Zakharchenko
Aleksandra was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She had been
working as a coordinator at numerous music and
cinema festivals such as Noveaux Cinema Ukraine and
Cinemascope. She had been also developing social and
business projects in Ukraine with international NGOs JCI
and Rotaract. After getting her master’s degree in
international economics, she had been working on
elaboration of solar energy in Crimea and southern
parts of Ukraine.
In 2012 she moved to France to devote herself fully to the realm of cinema,
working as a festival programmer in Nancy. In 2013 she has joined Nisi Masa’s
team as European Short Pitch project coordinator. She’s currently writing for UK
film platform, Film Debate, as a foreign film critic.

ben gutterigeBen Gutteridge
Since 2006, Ben has worked in various countries as a
Director, both in English and Spanish. He has directed
TV Drama for the BBC and Channel 4 and advertising
for many brands, from Prada to Volvo. His short film,
Brides of Desire, made as a Soho House Electric Shorts
finalist, was in the Official Selection for Palm Springs
F.F. and his latest short, Steak Knife, was selected for
Raindance F.F. 2014.
Ben has been “One to Watch” in The Reel, selected for Edinburgh Film Festival
Talent Lab and London Film Festival Think-Shoot-Distribute. He is currently
developing various feature Films, Shorts, TV Drama and Video-Art projects. His
next short, Away Break, with which he got in to the European Short Pitch in 2014, is adapted from a Hanif Kureishi short story and is being part supported by Working Title Films. He is represented by Independent Talent.

benjamin bee small (800x530)Benjamin Bee
Benjamin is a London based Writer/Director. His
last film, “Step Right Up”, played at over 35 film
festivals, picking up 3 awards, and was also longlisted
for the BAFTA Short Film Award 2014.
His first film, “A Plastic Toy Dinosaur”, won
numerous awards and was licensed to screen on the BBC. This led to his
nomination for the BBC New Filmmaker of the Year Award 2006.
He has also made a number of no-budget, super-short, comedy films one of
which, “Frank”, took him to the BAFTA’s in 2008.
Benjamin is currently in post on the short film ‘Girl Power’, that he directed. A
compelling comedy set in 1997, starring Jason Flemyng, Alice Lowe and Dakota Blue Richards.

daina oniunasDaina Oniunas-Pusi?
Daina Oniunas-Pusi? is a London based filmmaker from
She enrolled in the M.A. filmmaking program at the
London Film School in 2010 which she completed in
2012. In 2013 she won the Jelena Rajkovi? award for best
Croatian filmmaker under the age of 30.
Daina is in development on a pilot for a comedy television
series. The project won both the audience award and the
main prize given by panel of key industry professionals at
the Bafta and Stellar Network TV comedy and drama pitch-up event.
Daina was also a participant of the most recent Low Budget Film Forum where
she was in development on her first feature film.
She is currently in post-production of the 2014 European Short Film Pitch
winning project “Beast of Burden” which she wrote and directed.
She also just completed a comedy sketch series aired on Croatian national
television that she co-wrote and directed. She lives and works in London.



Jan Pavlacky
Apart from brief studies at Scuola Nazionale del Cinema
in Rome, Jan has shaped his filmmaking skills mostly
through practical experience, working as an on-set
interpreter, camera assistant and first AD. Jan comes
from the commercial sector shooting mostly commercials
and promos while trying his luck in the movies. His last
short film BKA 49-77 was completed in 2012. It won him

two prizes at the 2013 UK FILM FESTIVAL in London – for Best Script and Best
Cinematography, along with a nomination for Best Short Film. His last short film
script was selected for the Nisi Masa short film pitch 2014.


marco mendes small (533x800)Marco Mendes
Marco Mendes (born 1978) is a Portuguese artist and
comic author. He has developed his main body of work
around comics and illustration, mostly of biographical
content. By the use of humour, incisive observation and
nostalgia he has portrayed many of the young generation
of Portuguese artists. His work also revolves around
social and political issues. His books have been critically
acclaimed, especially since 2012, when he published
Torn Diary, a semi-autobiographical graphic novel. In
2013 he published Golden Years, a collection of lifedrawings
and comics.



mike foreshawMike Forshaw
Born and raised in Liverpool, Mike studied film at
Northumbria University before moving to London to
study Fiction Direction at the National Film & Television
School. His graduation short SLIPPIN’ premiered at the
BFI London Film Festival. His next short, UNCLE FRAN,
was commissioned by the UK Film Council – as part of
their Digital Shorts scheme – and nominated for Best
Newcomer at Rushes Soho Shorts 2011. Both films
screened at numerous UK and international film festivals.
In 2013, after spending 12 months travelling through Asia and Latin America,
Mike was selected to develop his short film SATURDAY as part of Nisi Masa’s
European Short Pitch. The project was awarded top prize and is currently in
post-production. He is now based in London and is developing his first feature
through the AdaptLab workshop.

pedro linoPedro Lino
Pedro Lino is a London based Portuguese filmmaker
and producer.
With a background in Fine Arts and Animation, his work
is grounded on the desire to explore singular and
imperfect worlds.
Drawing mostly from a documentary film making
approach, he creates stunning visual and visceral works that seek to explore the
narrative possibilities achieved through audiovisual media rather than customary verbal systems, always with the intent of pushing the medium
further. His films have been screened and awarded in festivals worldwide and he’s
currently developing new works in fiction, documentary and art installation.


viljas (800x533)Vilja Autiokyrö
I am a 30-year-old writer-director from Helsinki,
Finland. I graduated in 2011 as a screenwriter from
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and right
after graduation I had a child. To become a better
director and screenwriter I actively tried out
different tasks in filmmaking during my studies. I
worked e.g. as an AD and a production manager in the independent feature film
Indebted (2012). I have written, directed and edited shortfilms, both
documentaries and fiction. I’m writing a feature script and a television series. I’m
also editing my own documentary film, analysing scripts for Finnish production
companies and coordinating screenwriting groups in Helsinki.

wimWim Vanacker
Wim Vanacker was born in Izegem, Belgium. After
studying psychology and filmstudies in Gent and
Antwerpen, he moved to Dublin to work as a
psychologist in the field of drug addiction. During this
period he was employed as a film critic and a
programmer for several filmfestivals. After which he
moved to Paris and picked up studying again at EICAR,
the International Film School of Paris where he made
two shorts. Endgame, which got selected for 25
festivals and won 5 awards along the way, and The
Naked leading the Blind, which got selected for 50
festivals thus far while winning 15 awards. After graduating, he discovered Nisi
Masa and started off working as the project coordinator of the MEDIA funded
project, European Short Pitch to finally become the Head of the Script
Department. Recently, he also founded Sireal Films, a Brussels based production
company, together with Michaela Pnacekova and Wim Baeten, where he’s
currently producing EMPIRE, the next short film by Kristof Hoornaert.