Rossella Schillaci

Independent Filmmaker

Rossella Schillaci has made several anthropological, social and creative documentary films, working on the themes of migration, identities and freedom, participating and obtaining prizes in many national and international festivals, such as Al Jazeera Film Festival, Open City London, RAI Film Festival, Fespaco, Jean Rouch Film Festival, Film de femmes de Creteil, Fipatel, Venice International Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Bergamo Film Meeting, African Film Festival. Among her latest films, Les enfants en prison was co-produced and broadcast by French television Arte and won the Etoile de la Scam, recognition given to the best documentary films broadcast in France, and Libere has been distributed in more than 60 Italian cinemas.

She obtained a Master in Visual Anthropology and Documentary filmmaking at the Granada Center for Visual Anthropology in the University of Manchester. She is currently doing a PhD in Digital Media within the international program UT Austin | Portugal Digital Media Program.

Shawn Sobers

Associate Professor in Lens Media, University of the West of England and convenor of the UWE Photography Research Group.

Professionally Shawn Sobers is a filmmaker, photographer and writer. His work in film and photography is primarily people-based, rooted in personal narratives, hidden histories and untold stories.  As a researcher his work has spanned a wide range of topics, including; community media, creative education, Trans-Atlantic slave trade, disability & walking, and Rastafari culture. He co-founded Firstborn Creatives production company in 1999 with Rob Mitchell, and made programmes for BBC 1, ITV West and Channel 4.  A collection of his work can be found at www.shawnsobers.com.