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Yasmine Benabdallah
DOX Garage
Born and raised in Morocco, Yasmine lived in New York for four years studying film and mathematics at Columbia University. In 2016, she directed her first documentary short film: “The Travel Curiosity”, on her father’s love for travelling. She then moved to Paris to attend the Experimental Programme in Political Arts at Sciences Po (SPEAP). After making her short “Observational” on images of surveillance, she directed “Ojalá: la vuelta al origen”, a feature documentary on the dance of the Palestinian diaspora of Santiago, Chile. As a complement to the film, she has developed “Its people, its sky, its scent”, a video installation on finding Chile in Palestine. She is currently working on other projects: “Moussem Trans(e)”, a documentary feature on a Moroccan pilgrimage between religion, sorcery, and trans identities, and “Chebba”, a fiction short about a family and an evil eye-protective ritual. She is also one of the three artists that make up the MYST collective currently working on borders in contemporary conflicts. Through her filmmaking and visual art practice, she has explored stories around memory, surveillance, identity, dance, heritage, diaspora, borders, archive, and rituals. The subtleties of language are also a big part of her work: she speaks Arabic, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Her films and installations were shown in France, Egypt, the US, and Palestine, in addition to residencies in Morocco, France, Palestine, and Tunisia.
Derren Lawford
Film Consultant
DOX Garage
He is currently Creative Director at Woodcut Media where he is responsible for development, strategy as well as securing commissions, co-production and programme finance opportunities domestically and internationally. Derren also plays a pivotal role as Executive Producer on Woodcut’s talent and access led documentaries including Fiennes: Return to the Nile (National Geographic), Idris Elba documentaries Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me. Other key EP credits include the BFI supported feature documentary, Generation Revolution which premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest and had a limited theatrical release via Picturehouse. Aside from Woodcut, Derren is a Trustee for Sheffield Doc/Fest, on the Advisory Board for the David Lyle Foundation. He’s also a mentor for Hot Docs’ Blue Ice Documentary Group Fund.  (if there is space then include this paragraph as well please) Derren spent over a decade at the BBC where he helped launch 1Xtra, was Panorama’s first digital exec, secured a number of BBC Three commissions, was the Mutliplatform Exec for the award-winning Our War and helped launch the Global iPlayer in 16 territories around the globe. He then left to join youth engagement agency Livity as Head of Content, before joining London Live as a commissioner specialising in documentaries and breaking new talent on and off screen. Many of the indies and directors he gave TV debuts to have since secured commissions from the BBC, ITV, C4, Sky and US networks.