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 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) and served as Shorts Screener for the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.
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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
Elena is a Social media and Marketing volunteer and a film and television student at the University of East Anglia. Her experience of acting in a feature film in India sparked her passion for film but it made her realise she wanted to get behind the lens. She has worked as a production assistant and a set runner for a variety of projects.
Her most recent work was on a small production for documentarist Mark Craig (The Last Man on The Moon, 2014). She has also written, directed, and produced a music video for up-and-coming musician Mataz. Elena also had a short placement working for magazine company GuidetoSurrey, where she researched and wrote promotional articles on Guildford.
Elena is excited to be volunteering for Norfolk Screen to promote all the talent, facilities, and beautiful locations, the county has to offer.
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Holly is a Social Media and Marketing Volunteer and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in American Studies at UEA.
As part of her role as a Study Abroad Ambassador at UEA, she has undertaken an academic year abroad in the USA from 2019-2020 and has professional experience with the promotion of a brand using social media, from Instagram story takeovers and Q&As to blog posts as part of that role.
Holly was born and raised in East Anglia and she cannot wait to show off the beauty, uniqueness and charm of Norfolk to both British and international audiences. She is excited to apply her experience and knowledge to this role to help promote Norfolk as a screen-friendly county, increase social media engagement, and further develop the Norfolk Screen brand.
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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.
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