Crossing The Screen 2016 – Staff and Jurors


Tim Marriott trained at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, after university.
He is perhaps best known for seven series of the BBC’s hit sitcom ‘The Brittas Empire’, appearing in each episode as ‘Gavin’.
He is soon to be seen in the comedy feature film ‘Love Type D’ as Malcom, a serial loser. Other credits include ‘Allo Allo’, ‘Luv’, ‘An Actors Life for Me’, ‘Doctors’, ‘The Main Event on TV’ and a wide range of West End and touring theatre.
He writes and directs and is an experienced teacher. He is currently Director of Drama at Eastbourne College.
Tim is also the Patron of Crossing The Screen 2016.


Domenico Della Valle is a lively member of Crossing the Screen team.
He is a freelance filmmaker interested in drama and documentary productions.
He was awarded a Master in Television and Video Production at Bournemouth University.
Having worked for almost 20 years in the live-event management industry, Domenico has a great passion, experience and skills as a producer of Cinema, Music and Sports events.
He’s committed to transforming Eastbourne into the new “Cannes” of the British Riviera.


Manfredi Mancuso is a filmmaker and film critic – a member of SNCCI and FIPRESCI.
He holds an MA in Film Making from the London Film School and his graduation short film ‘Hard to Lose’, starring BBC’s ‘Eastenders’ Rebecca Scroggs and TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ Ben Robson is still hitting the festival circuit.
Since 2012, he has collaborated with film festivals, working as a judge, promoter, consultant and programmer. In 2014, he was an international consultant for the Beijing IFF and a member of the Jury for the official collateral “Nazareno Taddei” Award at the Venice IFF.
He is currently the Head of Short Programming of the Rome Independent FF and the Festival Director/ Producer of Crossing The Screen.

daniel-fathers-photoDANIEL FATHERS

Actor / Presenter / Writer Daniel Fathers is a Veteran Actor of Hollywood Films & TV.
He is probably internationally best known for his Disney Pictures’ ‘Camp Rock‘ movies, which won a Peoples Choices Award, 2011. He was one of the Presenters of the CSA’s (Canadian Screen Awards, 2013) and hosted the two times Canadian Screen Award nominated TV Show ‘Canada’s Greatest Know It All‘. Known in the film and TV industry for his gritty, physically, as well as Machiavellian roles. Daniel was recently at the UK Premiere Screening of his latest film ‘The Void‘ at the BFI London Film Festival, which is receiving tremendous critical acclaim within the industry. Daniel is currently filming the Netflix Original Feature Film, ‘Mute’, opposite Paul Rudd and directed by Duncan Jones, in Berlin.


Sasha is currently in post-production on her first feature film, ‘Love Type D’. She was one of four writers to win the inaugural ‘Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Award’ in partnership with Big Talk Productions (‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Grimsby’) and London Comedy Film Festival.
Sasha is an alumnus of the Binger Writers Lab and the Berlinale Talent Campus.
She has an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School.
She won a Skillset Bursary, a Postgraduate Bursary from SW Screen and a John Brabourne Award to attend the MA, during which time she wrote and directed six short films.
Her most recent short film, ‘Lunch Date’, screened at film festivals across the USA, including Aspen Shortsfest (where it won a Special Jury Recognition Award from the comedy jury, co-creators of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’).


Jo is an independent award-winning director/writer. She made her debut with ‘Holding On’ in 2012. A moving short about a man’s struggle to hold on to the present as Alzheimer’s takes hold. The lead actor was Gordon Kennedy. ‘Holding On’ had international recognition in festivals and was distributed by Shorts International, making the ‘TOP 10 Films to watch in Europe’ (August 2015). In September 2015, Jo was selected by Creative England as a “Talented Director / Writer for the South West”, and, in May 2016, she was selected as a “BAFTA Film Guru Pro”. Jo is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Henley Fringe & Film festival.
Her first feature film script ‘Deirdre of the Sorrow’ is currently in pre-production.


Trygve Nielsen lives on the west coast of Norway and works with animation as a director, musician and teacher.
He is setting up his own independent Film Production Company ‘PlingPlong Produksjon’, focusing on artistic and art house short films. His next film ‘Jon Fosse Ate the Accordion’ is to be released in Spring 2017.
Trygve is currently working as an Animation Lecturer at the Volda University College.

Crossing The Screen 2016 would also like to thank:

Pippa Cross, Suzy Gillett, Caroline Harwood, Renato Pires, Simon Sherning, Stephen Holt, Luke Johnson, David Plummer, Beth Kates, Matt Derbyshire, Rowan Righelato, Miah Pierce, Marco Vinciguerra, Camilla Lake, Tristan Syrett, Steven Dorrington, Fabrizio Ferrari, Nicole Toksvig, Melita Cameron-Wood, Edward Nye, Ingrid Charles, Cristina Lliteras Llompart, Umpha Koroma, Louise Cooke, Karthik Majeti, Mantesh Jalihal, Giuseppe Pizzuto, Zike He, Stephanie Okoye, Nada Al-Hudaid, Lenita Della Valle.