We’re a talented and passionate team of creative individuals who are keen to support your production as best we can. Meet the team below.
Claire moved to Norfolk in 2010 having spent 4 years in Los Angeles heading up the US office of the UK Film Council, representing the interests of the UK film industry. Successfully restructured operations; implemented business plan promoting UK’s film infrastructure & production incentives to US studios.
Prior to that, as Head of Development & Production at Scottish Screen, Claire oversaw the production / script development of 12 Scottish feature films (including Oscar & BAFTA award winning titles).
Since moving to Norfolk as a Project Manager she established a consultancy to support local charities & businesses in the delivery of creatively driven projects. These have included a £800k+ fundraise for film education charity Cinema City Ltd to create an accessible film & exhibition space at Cinema City – the John Hurt Centre; as Business Operations Manager of the Sir John Hurt Film Trust, oversaw day-to-day management of the charity & the delivery of several film education activities & various fundraising initiatives; on behalf of UEA Consulting Ltd delivered market research for Cast Role-Play Training to inform its business development strategy to expand its training services in the EofE; produced fundraising gala for the Sir John Hurt Film Trust at Cinema City; executed a bid writing assignment to the BFI Audience Development Fund on behalf of the Norwich Film Festival & more recently project managed the ‘mothballing’ of the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich (due to Covid-19) in preparation for its re-opening in Autumn 2021.
Most recently Claire’s focus has been on the development of Norfolk Screen & its subsequent launch in November 2020, together with co-founder Craig Higgins.
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Craig helped to oversee the development and growth of the Norwich Film Festival from 2016 to early 2020. He was responsible for working collaboratively with a board of trustees to help the Festival gain its charitable status in 2017. His work supported the Festival receiving a BAFTA Shorts Qualifying title in 2019 and a BIFA Shorts Qualifying title in 2017. During his tenure at the Festival, with the support of his amazing team, the submissions of short films have grown substantially, many of which have gone on to win / or be nominated for BIFA’s, BAFTA’s & Oscars.
Craig was also responsible for recruiting industry judges for the Festival which have included: Stephen Fry, Alfred Molina, Neve Campbell, Dexter Fletcher, Stephen Woolley, Michael Sheen, Andrea Gibb, Emma Freud etc. Further to this he also secured Patron’s for the Festival which included Olivia Colman, Stephen Fry, Julian Jarrold, Brian Cox, John Collee and Hugh Jackman – who recently became a Friend of The Festival.
Craig also has evident experience in organising high profile events for the benefit of local filmmakers and the general public, which have included the attendance of famous faces such as Michael Palin, Juliet Stevenson, Christopher Eccleston, David Morrissey, Jane Horrocks, Joe Cornish, Jessica Stevenson etc.. and has hosted numerous industry sessions/panels and screenings in collaboration with national bodies such as BAFTA, Screen Skills, Creative England, Channel 4’s Random Acts, BBC Ideas etc…
Craig launched Norfolk Screen in late 2020 in collaboration with Claire Chapman to help champion the screen sector for Norfolk.
Craig is a voting member with the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).
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Production Liaison Manager
Evie is Norfolk born & bred and draws on her extensive skills and experience as a Production Manager / Organiser of Chaos to assist with growing our databases and leading on Production enquiries. Evie has demonstrated a valuable knowledge of Norfolk, has excellent links with a variety of organisations within the region and is able to work alongside productions to help make filming in the region as easy as possible.
She’s worked at several local Production Companies including Eye Film & TV, Emmy-award-winners Ember Films & The JMS Group where she’s worked on content for hundreds of clients including Zeiss, Purina, Triumph, FXHome, Goodwin Barrett, Finisterre, Hoseasons, Start-rite and even a Heritage Lottery Funded short docu-drama about one of Norfolk’s English Heritage sites, Thetford Warren Lodge.
Evie also manages TV Commercial Productions where she keeps up to date on the BCAP Code and Covid safety guidance to efficiently oversee TV Commercial productions from initial concepts through Production (both in studio & on location), clearance through Clearcast and delivery to Broadcasters.
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Meet our talented team of volunteers
Izzy is a freelance production assistant and runner based in Norwich. Soon after graduating with an MA in Broadcast Journalism at UWE Bristol, she pursued her passion to work in the screen sector. She secured a role as a runner and post-production assistant on a BBC documentary: Concorde: A Supersonic Journey; soon after as a runner she worked on a Netflix Series, The One for Urban Myth Film and then as a Locations Manager on a short for Kushna Productions: Ceres starring Juliet Stevenson written by Hannah Morrish.
Other credits include location management and production assistance on a number of commercials including location management and production assistance on a number of commercial shoots including Fnatic, Lyle’s Golden Syrup, Hopkins Homes and Orchard Toys.
Since moving back to Norfolk, Izzy sees the potential of what the region has to offer as a production destination and is delighted to be supporting Norfolk Screen in a voluntary capacity as a business support assistant.
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Christiana graduated from Falmouth University’s School of Film and Television and has since worked in various fast-paced production sectors across Norfolk, London, and Berlin. Her on-set experience has included working as a Floor Runner on a BBC Films short film shoot with Elation Pictures and as a Production Assistant on a short film shoot with Radical Media. She has also worked as a Production Executive for a Digital Marketing agency and as a Production Assistant for TV & Radio Advertising; handling communications and schedule management between teams and clients, including organising shoots and the workflow of the edit and audio suites.
Alongside these positions, Christiana has trained with HETV Production Manager Imogen Gay through Thecallsheet’s Screenskills funded online masterclass ‘Production Lab 2020’ (upskilling in all things Production Management), Produced the upcoming short documentary Brutal Neglect, and volunteered with the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival and Norwich Film Festival.
Through fundraising research and database building, she is thrilled to be supporting initiatives of Norfolk Screen within a voluntary capacity.
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Emma Zadow is an actor and writer having trained at Rose Bruford College. She is a BBC New Creative, alumni of Soho Theatre Writers Lab and has received commissions from Mountview, Theatr Clwyd and Actors of Dionysus. She received the Fringe Encore Award in ‘Mengele’ at the Soho Playhouse, New York.
Her BBC New Creative film ‘Jigging’ as writer/director/actor will be on the BBC iplayer in 2021.
Emma is helping Norfolk Screen with additional marketing and social media support through her voluntary support.
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Anj is our website administrator volunteer and helps to ensure that the website runs smoothly. She has lived and worked in Norfolk since 1993, having moved here for a short-term training contract but becoming so enchanted by the beauty of the county, its relaxed way of life and the friendliness of Nor‘folk’, that it soon became home.
Anj has a background in professional writing and creative design and back in the day she was a volunteer with Eastern Screen, assisting with the administration of its locations databases. She remembers the excitement of some of the productions that were connected to Norfolk around that time, such as Saving Private Ryan, Die Another Day and she still cheers at Gwyneth Paltrow’s beach scene (filmed on location at Holkham) at the end of Shakespeare in Love, it was a proud moment for Eastern Screen and a testament to the team’s tireless work to promote Norfolk as a key filming location.
Anj is delighted to be joining us at Norfolk Screen and support our work.