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.
Managing Director & Co-Founder of Norfolk Screen
Claire moved to Norfolk in 2010 having spent 4 years in Los Angeles heading up the US office of the UK Film Council.
UKFC US had a mandate to represent & promote the interests of the UK film industry in the USA on behalf of the UK Government. As Executive Director of the US office, she attracted over £500m of inward investment to the UK and established a knowledge hub in LA for UK film industry to attract US investors and support incoming UK talent.
Prior to that she was Head of Development and Production at Scottish Screen whose mission was to develop Scottish based film talent and create inward investment opportunities through film in Scotland. Claire oversaw the production and script development of 12 Scottish feature films (including Oscar & BAFTA award winning titles), implemented and managed the decision process for funding applications at Scottish Screen (£6m fund) and day to day management of the inward investment and creative teams.
Since moving to Norfolk, Claire has been working as a consultant at film education charity the Sir John Hurt Film Trust in Norwich which included a fund-raise of £800k+ from a combination of Lottery, Trust and Foundation sources to create a new accessible film, exhibition and community space at Cinema City – The John Hurt Centre.
At the end of 2019 she produced a fundraising event for the launch of the Sir John Hurt Film Trust, also at Cinema City, which was hosted in association with the Norwich Film Festival 2019.
Since the early part of 2020 Claire has been focussed on the development of Norfolk Screen, alongside co-founder Craig Higgins, as well as consulting for the Maddermarket Theatre as Project Director.
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Head of Development & Co-Founder of Norfolk Screen
Craig has been involved in the Film industry since 2013 and has overseen the development and growth of the Norwich Film Festival from 2016 to early 2020. He was responsible for overseeing 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 include: Stephen Fry, Alfred Molina, Neve Campbell, Dexter Fletcher, Stephen Woolley, Andrea Gibb, Emma Freud etc. Further to this he also secured Patron’s for the Festival which include 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 at the Festival 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 has recently launched Norfolk Screen in collaboration with Claire Chapman to help champion the screen sector for Norfolk.
Craig is also a voting member with the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).
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Production Liaison & Research Volunteer
Evie is Norfolk born & bred and is our Production Liaison & Research Assistant Volunteer. Drawing on her extensive skills and experience as a Production Manager / Organiser of Chaos, she assists with building our databases and Production enquiries. During her career so far she’s helped create content for the likes of Zeiss, Purina, Triumph, FXHome and even a Heritage Lottery Funded short docu-drama about Thetford Warren Lodge. Evie is obsessed with Star Wars and Studio Ghibli movies but also loves houseplants, cats, baking and the great outdoors.
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Fund & Grants Researcher Volunteer
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 the launch and initiatives of Norfolk Screen.
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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.
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