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JURY – RIFTVFest 2021

Festival Patron
BRENDA BLETHYN (First Features)
Actress – UK

LETITIA KNIGHT (Feature Narratives)
Producer – UK

TATYANA YAKOVLEVA (International Feature Documentaries)
Film Scholar, Script Editor – Russia

ARI BARKAN (Features UK)
Actor, Producer – US

KENNY DOUGHTY (Short Narratives)
Actor – UK

INGRID JEAN-BAPTISTE (Short Documentaries)
Actress, Chelsea Film Festival Director – France

BRUNO CHATELIN (Short Animations)
Producer, Festival Agent, Founder of – France

Producer, Author, Rob Knox Film Festival Director – UK

JULIE SAMUEL (Experimental Shorts)
Actress, Writer, Producer – UK

JOHNNY WADE (Experimental Shorts)
Recording Artist, Singer, Actor – UK

RAY DAVIES (Web Series)
Acquisitions, Distribution, Consultant – UK

JOE CAMPBELL (Music Videos)
Producer – UK

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Brenda Anne Blethyn OBE (née Bottle; 20 February 1946) is an English actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including one Golden Globe, one BAFTA, one Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress and two Academy Award nominations.

Blethyn pursued an administrative career before enrolling in the Guildford School of Acting in her late 20s. She subsequently joined the Royal National Theatre and gained attention for her performances in Troilus and Cressida (1976), Mysteries (1979), Steaming (1981), and Benefactors (1984), receiving an Olivier nomination for the latter.

In 1980, Blethyn made her television debut in Mike Leigh's Grown-Ups. She later won leading roles on the short-run sitcoms Chance in a Million (1984–1986) and The Labours of Erica (1989–1990). She made her big-screen debut with a small role in Nicolas Roeg's 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches. She experienced a major career breakthrough with her leading role in Mike Leigh's 1996 drama Secrets & Lies, for which she received multiple awards, including Best Actress at Cannes, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award nomination. She earned her second Academy Award nomination two years later, for her performance in Little Voice (1998).

Blethyn has since appeared in a range of big-budget and independent features, including Girls' NightMusic from Another RoomNight Train (all 1998), Saving Grace (2000), Lovely and Amazing (2001), PumpkinSonnyPlots with a View (all 2002), Beyond the SeaA Way of Life (both 2004), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Clubland, and Atonement (both 2007). In addition, she has continued to appear frequently on television, in productions such as Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001) and War and Peace (2007). Since 2011, she's played the title role of DCI Vera Stanhope in the British crime drama series Vera.

Letitia Knight has over 20 years of experience as a Line Producer and has been Head of Production at two of the UK’s leading independents. For the past eight years she has produced for some of the country’s top independent companies and network
broadcasters, most recently on Too Close, a psychological thriller with Emily Watson for ITV.

Tatyana Yakovleva is a film scholar, professor at VGIK (Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography), PhD in Art History. After graduating from the Department of Screenwriting and Film Studies at VGIK in 1986, she went on to obtain her post-graduate degree there in 1986. In the 1990s she taught a course on the history of film at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1992-1997 she was Vice President of Skip-film television and film studio. She was the script editor on the films Dostoyevsky (2011), The Possessed (2014), Successors (2016), The Lenin Factor (2019) and others.

Ari Barkan is an award-winning actor and producer from New York City. A young Brighton Beach native, who has been referred to by industry professionals as a "rising star", Ari is truly the definition of that term. Whether it is co-creating and starring in one of the most popular and well known Russian YouTube series entitled "Baba Fira"; or its' working alongside one of his best friends and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - the phrase stays true. The same can be said of his work in several shows and films. Between working on feature films such as "First, We Take Brooklyn", alongside Harvey Keitel; Skin alongside Bill Camp and Vera Farmiga; and "Payback" alongside Matt Levett and Toby Leonard Moore, Ari found himself on the sets of popular television shows such as Madam Secretary, New Amsterdam, and Orange is The New Black. At this moment, Ari can be seen in the hit Amazon Prime series "Big Dogs", as well as the new Hulu limited-series "Monsterland" and the critically acclaimed "Lingua Franca" on Netflix. When not acting, Ari also enjoys to produce. Most recently, his latest project, a short film directed by Glenn Robert Ford, "The Fix", which Ari also executive produced, won the Gold Award at the 2020 New York City Indie Film Festival. Payback is now out on VOD everywhere.

Arri he can next be seen in the feature film “The Ray” alongside Richard Kind, Ben Miliken, Mark Dacascos and Janel Parrish


Kenny Doughty is best known for playing DS Aiden Healy opposite Brenda Blethyn in ITV's Vera.[1]

Doughty completed a UK tour of Simon Beaufoy's stage play The Full Monty in 2013. The play, in which Doughty played Gaz,[2] was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2014.[3]

Ingrid Jean-Baptiste is a former journalist, she is also an actor and the Founder/ Director of the Chelsea Film Festival in New York, that was created in 2013 to promote the work of emerging filmmakers. Her goal is to present impactful stories that make our world a better place by engaging diverse audiences. Being a member of the POC2 (Programmers of Color Collective), she takes great responsibility in selecting content from underrepresented communities. 500+ short, documentary, feature films and virtual reality have been shown in competition. CFF has now become an international hub for up-and-coming artists and entered the Top 10 Best Film Festivals in North America by USA Today. Jean-Baptiste's work and impact has been recognized by many local and international publications such as the New York Times, Bella Magazine New York, Fox5 NY, AM New York, BFM TV Business and more.

She is also passionate about Kundalini yoga and mindfulness.

Bruno Chatelin Graduated from HEC MBA spent 10 years with international Ad Agencies (JWT, Masius and Publicis), became film distributor (Sony then UGC FOX) launching about 250 films for majors as marketing director for Columbia TriStar then managing director for UGC FOX which he merged). He was recognized as an innovative marketing expert and named by film Français as one of the film personalities when he merged UGC (leading theatre chain) with Fox. He went on to become an Internet entrepreneur and co-founded several companies including that became the international leader in the festival news, a partner of major festivals. He contributed to the business development of an audiovisual studio center in Cherbourg led by Eicar group of film schools. He runs a film consulting boutique where he specializes on film marketing and international festival strategies and Market presentations (Cannes, Berlin and AFM) and serves as COO of film festivals while curating the Best for Fests section.

Michael Wearing was born in Dulwich South-East London, England. Although always interested in story telling he turned his hand to screen writing in the late 1990s. He had written several feature films before turning his hand to film production on shorts. He founded the award-winning young person filmmaking club Pointless Taxi productions and is the festival director of the Rob Knox Film Festival held annually in Bexleyheath.

Julie Samuel started her career at Italia Conti Stage School. At the age of 12 she appeared in Noddy In Toyland at the Victoria Palace.

At 17 she went on to appear in many TV shows including ‘Love Story’ lead (opposite Malcolm McDowell), It’s a Woman’s World’ lead (with Ray Brooks), ‘The Avengers’. And 2 series of ‘Honey Lane’

FILMS ‘The Long Ships’, ‘Dentist on the Job’, ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’, ‘The Day the Earth Caught Fire’, ‘Jigsaw’, ‘Deadline’ “Nightmare” “West 11” the leading role opposite Gerry Marsden in ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’.

Johnny Wade started his career as a recording artist and Singer with big bands and went on to appear in Revues in London. He was soon spotted and given many rolls on TV including “Your Only Young Twice” “The two Ronnies “Compact” (Series), “Porridge” “East Enders” “Only Fools and Horses” and many other British sit coms.


“The Stick Up” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” “Thin Air” “Love Of Ada” “Cup Fever” “Carry On Doctor”

Johnny Also worked at the national theatre playing leading parts in “Guys and Dolls”” Jean Seberg” and “South Pacific”.

Ray Davies has a background in Film & TV acquisitions and Film and TV packaging. He has produced feature Films and developed scripted and non scripted content  working with seasoned and break out Producers, Directors UK, EU, CA & USA. He has a trusted circle of clients including  Distributors, Aggregates and Financing partners. He attends the world markets and gives Q & A talks and one to one's on Distribution, Route to market, Development and  Packaging across Europe.

He is the creator of The Film Advisory and offers festival advisory support and professional one to one services to both New & Seasoned Industry  professionals.

Joe Campbell is the director and founder of Culture City. Culture City is a content creation house that helps scaling businesses who want to build and maintain brand profile by finding new ways of developing effective and consistent marketing content to help the further engage with their customers.