ADVISORY BOARD

Ken Banks, founder, Kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS (More HERE)

Bertrand Beghin, CIO, Numbers4Good (More HERE)

Paul Cheng, chairman, Shared Impact (More HERE)

Maria Constantinescu, entertainment and IP lawyer; CEO, Curious Quests (More HERE)

Jenny Edwards CBE, CEO, Mental Health Foundation (More HERE)

Chris High, lecturer in Engineering and Innovation, The Open University (More HERE)

Howard Kiedaisch, CEO, Motion Picture Solutions; former COO, Universal Pictures (More HERE)

Jess Search, CEO, Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation (More HERE)

Aviva Silver, CEO NEAcinema, former head of unit, MEDIA Programme (more HERE)

Julia Unwin CBE, CEO, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (More HERE)

Rowena Young, director of health, The Young Foundation; founding director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (More HERE)

 

OPEN CINEMA INTERNATIONAL TEAM  

Eduardo Cubria, Finance Director

Eduardo, originally from Asturias and a keen supporter of Sporting Gijon, gained his MBA from the London Business School in 2014, and joined Open Cinema from the impact investment consultancy Numbers4Good. Eduardo has built and is helping deliver a financial model which looks like an orchestral score. Contact eduardo@opencinema.co for investment-related matters.

Jonathan McAuliffe, Developer

Goran Nikic, CTO 

Goran is a web design and development engineer, expert across a range of code languages, and is leading the development team for OC on UX/UI as well as the core stack. Contact goran@opencinema.co for all technology queries.

Clive James Nwonka, Impact Director

Dr Clive James Nwonka leads the Open Cinema Lab, developing our impact and participatory technology strategies, and authoring our reports. His PhD (Brunel) sought to improve understandings of the relationship between political ideology, film production governance and film and screenwriting practice. He has lectured and presented conference papers at institutions including Birkbeck, Brunel, Goldsmiths, Lund, Konrad Wolff Potsdam, Berlin and the British Film Institute. Contact clivejames@opencinema.co for all research and impact enquiries.

Christoph Warrack, Group Chief Executive

Christoph is founder at Open Cinema. He has recently overseen the launch of our new digital platform for community cinema, and the diversification of the company into a group. A former full-time filmmaker, between 1998-2009 Christoph worked as a writer, director and producer on six short films, three documentaries and four feature films. During this time he also worked as film critic for the Times Literary Supplement, and as a volunteer in the homelessness, prisons and care sectors. In 2005 he connected these areas of interest and founded Open Cinema. He holds an MA in Film from Central Saint Martins, was awarded a Business in the Community Future 100 Award for social entrepreneurs in 2009, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2012. Contact christoph@opencinema.co for partnerships, development strategy, or public relations.

 

Cinema Coordinators

Greg Dwyer, Rooftop Open Cinema, Manchester

Olivia James,  SIFA Fireside Open Cinema, Birmingham

Ben Jarrett, St Mungo's Broadway Open Cinema, London

Derek Kirkup, Harecourt Open Cinema, London

David Mcloughlin, Open Cinema Lancashire and Metamorphosis Cinema, Lancaster

Natalie Newman, SYHA Open Cinemas (x5), Sheffield

Ian Noah, Film Weston Open Cinema, Weston-super-Mare

Donnacha O'Ceallaigh, Stepping Stone Open Cinema, Dublin

Daniel Saunders, Open Cinema Belfast at Redeemer Central, Belfast

Mari-Liis Tamm, Element Open Cinema, Sheffield

George Williamson, Crisis Skylight Open Cinema, Edinburgh

 

OPEN CINEMA FOUNDATION TEAM

Ruth Cook, Supervising Filmmaker

Ruth produced the first ever Open Cinema film, Windows, at St Mungo's in Hackney in 2009. This participatory film went on to be screened in competition at Sheffield Doc/Fest, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and at the Rushes Film Festival at BAFTA. Also with Open Cinema, she has recently directed an advocacy film on the Power to Change Institute, and is currently at work on three films for #RebootUK. Ruth has an MA in Film Aesthetics from the University of Oxford.

Helena Habdija, Network Manager

Helena started work with Open Cinema through the Dotforge Impact accelerator in Sheffield in Spring 2015. Helena is former director of operations at LibroSearch, and before that a secondary school art teacher in here native Croatia. Helena is designing the new websites, branding assets and marketing materials. Contact helena@opencinema.co if you need help developing your venue profile.

Nino Hunter, Development Manager 

Nino worked as development officer for Open Cinema between 2010-11, before progressing to work as a researcher and then marketing executive for Nicholas Hall & Company. Its great to welcome him back part-time to the Project MIMO team, taking the foundation into a new phase of its work and delivering "more impact, more often". 

Eduardo Perez Vidal, Supervising Filmmaker

Eduardo is joining us to work on our second Enterprise Film Programme, which we are delivering in partnership with Living Networks, Richmond-upon-Thames College, and Cisco Systems. The programme will train 18 young women in life, media and enterprise skills, and offer all graduates a paid, 3-year apprenticeship at Cisco, one of the world's largets technology companies. Eduardo is an experienced documentary and drama director, who has recently finishes work on the feature documentary The Road to Santiago.

Hatt ReissSupervising Filmmaker

Hatt has made numerous films for Open Cinema, including work on The Simon Community (an anniversary documentary), Orhan: A Brother's Legacy, and In Search of St Thomas More. Hatt was also supervising filmmaker on our first Enterprise Film Programme, which trained excluded young people in Bromley in life, media and enterprise skills, and secured them their first film commission (filming an event at the House of Commons). She is a graduate of the Goldsmiths MA in Documentary, and has assisted the director Jerry Rothwell (Town of Runners).

Marcos VillasenorSupervising Filmmaker 

Marcos has made many of our more technically demanding films, including Wealth Inequality in the UK (which received over 40k views in its first 24 hours online), the UK Common Rights project, which won an international award (best short documentary at the Moondance Film Festival in the US), and Transforming Finance (trailer here, full version here). Marcos is currently preparing a new 'Make an Impact Film in a Day' course, and an architectural film for a community regeneration project in North West London.

 

Advisors-at-Large

Jay Arnold, film business manager, National Media Museum

Richard Bleasdale, CEO, SAMSC

Ross Fitzsimons, former director, Curzon Artificial Eye

Dr Sarah Johnson, senior research fellow, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University

Maff Potts, founder, Camerados

Erwin Schmidt, founder, Cinemathon

Rajesh Sharma, business consultant, Visa Europe