We are a volunteer-run festival. We’re a (very!) small, but mighty team.
Deborah Espect – Artistic Director / Programmer
Deborah Espect is an award-winning queer filmmaker and editor based in Brighton. She is currently developing her first feature, optioned by Makelight Productions. Deborah is also the Film Programmer for Latest TV in Brighton and festival curator of Inheritance, a new environmental festival on Northern Visions, Belfast’s local TV channel. She always seeks to elevate her fellow indie filmmakers and thrives on promoting positive queer stories.
Cerys Evans – Co-Programmer
Writer Cerys Evans has performed spoken word at The Barbican, The Southbank Centre and the Thrive HIV Foundation.
Her writing credits include writing for Psychologies Magazine and as a judge for the Polari First Book Prize 2019 and 2020. She has previously appeared in the films The Crime of Your Life and A Trans Fairy Tale (part of Beyond The Rainbow).
Having trained in film making, Cerys is passionate about supporting diverse voices through film.
Brighton & Hove Pride
Described by The Guardian as “the country’s most popular LGBT event,” the Brighton Pride Festival is a vibrant celebration of all that is wonderful about Brighton & Hove’s diverse community, with visitors from across the globe enjoying its spectacular celebrations. Brighton Pride Festival has proved itself to be the UK’s biggest, boldest and best Pride event with community fundraising at its heart.
Brighton’s community channel, serving over 400,000 households. The Latest TV studios hosted the very first FilmPride festival in 2019, with live events running for a week, and Latest TV is proud to offer one of the first TV film festivals in the country, with FilmPride on TV.
Northern Visions (NVTV) is a local community television station based in Belfast, serving over 300,000 households. It is operated by the Northern Visions media and arts project, and although some staff are employed by the station, most involved are volunteers. NVTV is now the only local community station in Northern Ireland.
Sheffield Live! is a community radio, local TV and online media service serving 300,000 households in Sheffield and Rotherham and carrying news, information, dialogue and creative expression. We operate a digital media hub with public access to facilities and support for community projects, volunteering, social enterprise and independent production.
KMTV is Kent’s first dedicated television channel, broadcasting across the south east 24/7. Based on the Medway campus, KMTV was developed by the University of Kent and KM Media Group. With a team made up of industry professionals and university students, KMTV shares a combination of local news, sports and entertainment with the county.