JURY MEMBERS

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

NICOLE POTT

DARREN TILBY

FILM REVIEWER

FILM REVIEWER

SAM KURD

Darren’s introduction to film came at an early age. Hours spent watching classics like The Wizard of Oz and the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Ray Harryhausen undoubtedly left a lasting impression on him. But it wasn't until he discovered the horror genre, and the Universal Monster movies in particular, that he truly fell in love with cinema. And while his love of film has never wavered, the decision to start writing about it was a very recent one and wasn't something he had planned or studied for. But, after years of uncertainty, he decided to work towards something he was passionate about. So pairing his love of cinema and his love of writing seemed like the obvious choice. A little while afterwards, he became a film critic for UK Film Review and has been fortunate enough to have reviewed hundreds of films – encompassing every possible niche of cinema – and to have attended the Grimmfest Film Festival for the last two years on their behalf.

Nicole Pott is the festival director of the High Peak Independent Film Festival.

She is also a film writer and director, specialising in films about freedom seeking mavericks.

Sam Kurd is a screenwriter and script reader based in Nottingham. He reviews films for Midlands Movies and Ginger Nuts of Horror, as well as being a Senior Programmer for the Beeston Film Festival.

MIDLANDS MOVIES

Midlands Movies is a local organization showcasing the best local talent in the film industry from around the region. We spotlight the most exciting filmmakers from around the Midlands, and with a host of writers, we work with a diverse range of local talent. And the annual Midlands Movies Awards celebrate the best of the best from the region’s filmmaking community.

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