About our committee
Our committee is responsible for the day-to-day running of the festival. It consists of students from Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge, and is over 50 strong. Members are all volunteers who apply, are interviewed, and are finally recruited at the end of each academic year.
What you see during the festival is only the end of a long, busy process of year-round organisation. Watersprite's Student Committee works tirelessly all year to make this massively complex and ambitious event happen, whilst balancing the needs of the festival with their studies and other commitments.
Watersprite is currently recruiting the 2020 committee! Please find all details and the application form here.
About our Steering Committee
Watersprite's Steering Commitee works with the Student Committee to help build and shape the festival, with a focus on longer-term festival strategy, partnerships, and finance. Many members of the Steering Committee were previously Student Committee members who have gone on to have successful careers in the media and creative industries. They help as the students from one year pass the baton onto those from the next - offering advice and acting as sounding boards for new ideas.
Meet the committee
Isobel — Festival Director
Before becoming Watersprite's Festival Director, Isobel was Head of Events in 2018 and on the Events Committee in 2017. She is in her final year studying German and Spanish and spent her year abroad working at Munich Film Festival and in the marketing department at Sony Music Entertainment. Isobel is excited to grow Watersprite with the student and steering committees and for the eleventh festival to reach more audiences than it ever has before.
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Francesca — Head Of Events
Francesca is in her third year studying English at Trinity Hall. She is excited to be returning to Watersprite for a second time after being on the Marketing Subcommittee in 2018. Outside of Watersprite and her degree, she can usually be found talking about her Tibetan Terrier.
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Sophie — Head Of Awards
Sophie is in her final year of studying French and German at King's College. She spent half of her year abroad in Paris working for a documentary distribution company, submitting hundreds of films to festivals, and is excited to now be on the receiving end! Outside of her degree and Watersprite she enjoys lots of walking, painting and cooking! She is excited to see Watersprite continue to grow and diversify!
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Eleanor — Festival Secretary
Eleanor is in her fourth year studying Russian and Spanish at Newnham College. Having spent her year abroad teaching English in Petrozavodsk and doing archive and administrative work in Moscow, she is keen to put her skills to good use as one of Watersprite’s secretaries for 2020. Outside her studies, she enjoys singing-songwriting, lifting weights, and beekeeping.
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Josh — Head Of Film Production
Josh is going into his third year of study at Anglia Ruskin University doing Film and Television Production, and will be the Head of Film for Watersprite 2020. After having taken on a variety of roles at the last two Watersprite festivals, he is hoping to use his experience to make this years one of the best.
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Jungmin — Head Of Communications
Jungmin is a second year studying English at Jesus College. She volunteered for Watersprite in 2018, and is very much looking forward to leading the Communications team this year. She strongly encourages you to follow our social media so that you can keep up to date with what’s happening in Watersprite 2019! Outside her degree, she enjoys travelling, reading, and sleeping.
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Sabrina — Head Of Partnerships
Sabrina is a modern languages undergraduate who has spent the last year working in communications and branding in Paris and Beirut. It's her second year contributing to Watersprite and she is looking forward to building partnerships and relationships that continue to grow this unique festival each year and far into the future.
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Bernadette Schramm - Festival Producer
Having been involved in the Watersprite Film Festival on a voluntary basis since 2012, Bernadette has joined the festival in a professional capacity in 2017 as the Festival Producer. Her primary roles and responsibilities are to manage the corporate aspects of Watersprite, to secure financial stability, to build meaningful partnerships and to lead the long-term festival strategy.
In addition to Watersprite, Bernadette is an Advisory Board member to the International Emerging Talent Films Association (IEFTA), where she engages with emerging filmmakers from emerging economies. In this capacity, she also coordinates the Refugee Voices in Film programme, in collaboration with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), at the Cannes Film Festival each year. Bernadette has also served as jury and key note speaker at international film festivals on several occasions.
Bernadette graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016, having read Modern and Medieval Languages and Management, whilst being the Watersprite Festival Director in her final year. Post-graduation, Bernadette worked as a Management Consultant for a strategy consultancy on corporate innovation projects between London, Paris and Berlin.
Richard Dobbes - Publicity and Marketing Consultant
With 17 years experience in television production, Richard has worked with numerous leading UK and international production companies/networks across documentaries, scripted drama and in his current role as publicist at Milk Publicity.
Richard is the lead unit publicist on BBC Two’s hit gangster series Peaky Blinders, which became the channel’s biggest drama of 2017. Richard also lead the campaign that supported the Sky 1 drama Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, one of the channel’s highest-rated original drama series of all time.
Credits include lead publicist on Peaky Blinders; Stan Lee’s Lucky Man; BAFTA award-winning drama serial The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies; International Emmy award-winning Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime and The Witness for the Prosecution; Victoria Wood’s The Day We Sang; Testament of Youth; and picture/EPK publicist on The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. Richard also works in the personal publicity division of Milk Publicity.
Invited to join Watersprite in 2015 as jury member, the role developed into becoming a member of the steering committee in 2016.
Marianne Styger - Strategy Consultant
Marianne graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge in 2014 and read French and Italian with a focus on International and Hollywood film. She has worked on the festival in a variety of roles since 2011, serving as Festival Director in 2014 during her final year.
As a student of languages Marianne largely spent her university years working abroad in various countries. From The Walt Disney Company in Paris and Florida, to youth film organisations in Quebec, Chicago and Singapore, she’s yet to pick a favourite.
After a few temporary roles within the industry to learn more about festivals and production, Marianne settled down in non-theatrical acquisitions and programming. She schedules and buys Hollywood movie content for 12 international airlines from Global Eagle Entertainment’s rural Cheshire office.
Helen Simmons - Events Consultant
Board of trustees
Hilary Bevan Jones - Chairman
Hilary Bevan Jones is one of UK’s foremost Drama Producers with credits such as Red Dwarf, Cracker, The Secret World of Michael Fry, Butterfly Collectors, May 33rd, To the Ends of the Earth, The Girl in the Cafe, Mary and Martha and the multi-award winning conspiracy thriller State of Play. She also produced The Boat That Rocked, for Working Title Films, a film set in 1966 about pirate radio that was written and directed by Richard Curtis.
Under her company Endor Productions, she has produced successful dramas including: Restless, a two part drama written by William Boyd and starring Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell & Charlotte Rampling; The Escape Artist, a three part legal thriller written by David Wolstencroft and starring David Tennant, Toby Kebbell, Ashley Jensen & Sophie Okonedo both being made for BBC One; That Day We Sang written and directed by Victoria Wood, with the accompanying documentary That Musical We Made, both starring Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball for BBC 2; and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman, Dame Judi Dench and James Corden, which had an audience of 6.5 million viewers in the UK on New Year’s Day and was acquired by The Weinstein Company. Most recently, Hilary produced the series adaptation Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine.
In 2006 she was made Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first woman to ever hold this position. Hilary is proud to serve as Chairman for Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival.
Anne Morrison - Festival Trustee
Anne Morrison is the Deputy Chair of BAFTA and formerly its Chair. BAFTA is the leading charity in the UK supporting, developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image. It celebrates excellence through its awards ceremonies and stages over 200 events a year, sharing insights from the best practitioners in film, television and games. She is the second woman to chair the Academy in its 68 year history.
Until 2014 she was Director of the BBC Academy, the BBC’s centre for training, which she launched in 2009. Its portfolio includes journalism, production, leadership and technology training as well as new talent schemes for graduate trainees and apprentices.
Previously she was responsible tor planning and overseeing the dramatic growth of BBC network television from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Anne’s background is principally in television production, working as a producer/director and rising to become Controller, Documentaries and Contemporary Factual at the BBC, responsible for award winning programmes such as Dunkirk, The Secret Policeman, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, One Life, What Not To Wear and Top Gear.
She is a Governor of University of the Arts London, a Board Member of London and Partners, a Trustee of the Charleston Trust and is a frequent speaker on issues in the arts and education such as diversity, employability, talent development and creativity.
Anne was educated in Belfast and Churchill College, Cambridge.
Brian Woods - Festival Trustee
Brian graduated from Cambridge with a first class honours degree in psychology in 1985. After working in advertising for a year he began his television career with the corporate video production company Blackrod, where he worked as a researcher, editor, producer and director.
In 1995 he started his own production company, True Vision. Its first production, The Dying Rooms, was nominated for 2 BAFTAs and won numerous other awards including an Emmy and the Prix Italia. Brian has produced and directed numerous international documentaries through True Vision for the BBC, Channel Four, HBO and Discovery.
He passionately believes that television can make a difference, and his films have demonstrated this repeatedly. Mostly tackling human rights and social issues, True Vision has won over 50 international awards including 7 BAFTAs, 8 Emmys, 7 RTS awards, 1 Grierson award and the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for the film Frontline: Poor Kids.