Our Team

The NYFA has helped my career incredibly, the company gave me the opportunity to be seen by some of the biggest agents in the UK and I am now represented by Shane Collins Associates. I owe my success to the NYFA.
Zak Russel-Jones. Alumni


Please find below a list of some of our key staff, notable alumni, previous mentors and speakers who have kindly passed on their invaluable knowledge onto our members.

Rob Earnshaw
Artistic Director
Jonny Hall
General Manager
Jenna Shaw
Head of Talent
Lucy Archer
Member and Events Manager
Yvette Embleton
Digital Content Producer
Ben Jones
Talent Executive
Ben Ervine
Talent Executive
Ryan Castle
Senior Web Developer
Arianna Nacci
Arianna is an Italian filmmaker and visual anthropologist with experience in documentary and filmmaking across Europe.
Francesco Gabriele
Francesco is an award winning filmmaker who has showcased at festivals across the world.
Rafael Kapelinski
Director and Writer
Rafael is a London-based, award-winning writer/director, media lecturer, screenplay development and new media technology consultant. Since 2006 he has created some of the most distinctive short and feature films that have won over twenty five international awards at top-tier festivals such as Cannes, Oberhausen, Austin, New Horizons and Brest. His feature debut 'Butterfly Kisses' (BBC Films/Film London/Microwave/Blue Shadows Films) won the Crystal Bear at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. His feature project 'Up on the Roof' won Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Cinefondation Residence award. His short 'To Bury The Horse' was a finalist in the 2011 Bosh Stiftung Competition. He also worked as script supervisor on Nina Gantz’s BAFTA-winning short animation 'Edmond' (over fifty international awards). He is currently in development with a comedy Cranley Gardens (Blue Shadows Films, IFP), Budapest Diaries (Domino Films, PISF) and a television series 'Tumbleweed' (Racine Media). He is also attached to adapt and direct Alex Gino’s best-selling novel George (Racine Media). Rafael has taught all aspects of fiction directing, practical filmmaking and script development at The London Film School, The Central London Film School, The London Film Academy and The Northern Film School.
Rohit Gill
Rohit Gill is a London based filmmaker and a graduate of the London Film School. After finishing his degree in visual communication, Rohit worked for eight years in the field oF visual effects. Rohit has produced and directed shorts to digital formats, edited documentaries and has extensive skills in paint, compositing, sound recording and sound design - skills developed through working on television programmes, commercials, title sequences and features. Rohit’s credits include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Da Vinci Code and Planet X. Rohit is currently developing a short and working alongside a writer on a feature film.
Daniel Oxer
Daniel Oxer is a london-based freelance producer, professional consultant and lecturer on Media Production at the University of Northampton. Daniel’s has fifteen years of extensive experience in the industry with accomplished technical and creative knowledge in TV and Film Production, as well as seven years lecturing experience including teaching BA and MA students at the University of Greenwich on the TV and Film Production course. Working as a gallery producer on Bid TV, Daniel has a great deal of knowledge about selling via the media and producing engaging sales commercials.
Andy Roughan
Andy Roughan is a lead filmmaker at Get Film, a promotional, Corporate and Event video production company based in Gateshead. Working mainly independently and occasional leading team-based film production, Andy is a highly experienced camera operator and corporate promo-video director, with excellent knowledge of using a plethora of different recording equipment. Working with Get Film, Andy has created content for a variety of clients including Lloyds Banking Group, Newcastle Building Society, Virgin Money and The NHS. As a freelancer, Andy has worked both in the United Kingdom and abroad on over three hundred projects in corporate and event video, television and feature films.
John Connors
Cardboard Gangsters
John Connors is an actor and writer, known for Cardboard Gangsters (2016), Love/Hate(2010) and Stalker (2012). John won the IFTA Best Actor Award in 2018!
Jane Gull
My Feral Heart
Jane is a director and actress, known for My Feral Heart (2016), Sunny Boy (2016) and Twitcher (2013). My Feral Heart partnered up with OurScreen and became their most successful film to date.
Simon Bird
The Inbetweeners
Simon Bird is recognised for his work on E4's The Inbetweeners and Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner, winning the British Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, Best Male Actor and Best Male Performance at the BAFTA's.
Joseph A. Adesunloye
Writer/ Director
White Colour Black
Joseph A. Adesunloye is an award winning British-Nigerian Filmmaker. He was nominated for the BFI IWC Schaffhausen Filmmakers Bursary Award at the 60th BFI London Film Festival in 2016. In 2017 Joseph was longlisted ‘Best Debut Screenwriter’ for the prestigious BIFA Awards (British Independent Film Awards) where his film White Colour Black was longlisted for a total of two Awards including the category of ‘Most Promising New Comer’ for the film’s star Dudley O’Shaughnessy.
Gareth Edwards
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Gareth Edwards has a lot of titles on his business card, he is best well known for directing the 2014 reboot of Godzilla and epic space opera Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Iain Canning
Ian Canning is an Academy Award Winning producer and founder of See Saw, an independent film company. Canning's credits include The King's Speech, Shame, Control and Oscar-nominated Lion.
Jason Flemyng
Jason is recognised for his film work, which has included major roles in British films such as Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and hollywood blockbusters such as X-Men: First Class and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Phil Meheux
Casino Royale
Phil Meheux is an english cinematographer, who has often worked with directors John Mackenzie, Martin Campbell, and Raja Gosnell. Meheux's impressive CV includes work on Casino Royale, Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and The Edge of Darkness.
Matt Milne
Matt Milne is a stage and screen actor whose career spans across roles in independent and blockbuster films, including Steven Spielberg's Warhorse and ITV's period drama Downton Abbey.
Jonathan Firth
Jonathan Firth is an english actor and graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama. Firth's distinct and diverse resume includes credits from cinematic films to radio dramas and narrated audiobooks.
Karen Lindsay Stewart
Casting Director
Harry Potter
Karen Lindsay Stewart's filmography is boundless, casting blockbusters such as Harry Potter, The Woman in Black and Penny Dreadful.
Paul Alexander
Red Dwarf
Paul Alexander is an english comedy writer who has written and contributed to productions such as Red Dwarf, My Hero and Life of Riley. He is currently writing a screenplay for Gold Circle Films in LA.
Lou Kneath
Creative Consultant and character animator
Lou Kneath is a Creative Consultant and character animator. She is Animation Mentor Alumni, has worked as a character animator for Cbeebies TV productions and went on to found Cloudscape Animation Studios in Cumbria, producing award winning campaigns for big brands across the country. She was named Alumni of the year by the University of Cumbria for her role in developing animation as an industry throughout the region and also spreads her passion and enthusiasm as a lecturer and training specialist within the field.
Richard Godfrey
Location Manager
The Inbetweeners Movie
Richard Godfrey is an experienced freelance location manager working in large-scale television dramas and feature films, Godfrey's projects include Four Lions, The Inbetweeners Movie and Eastenders.
Herbert Wise
I, Claudius
Herbert Wise was a BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Nominated director and producer for his work on The Woman in Black, I, Claudius and Skokie.
Sean Gascoigne
United Agents
Sean Gascoigne is part of one of the U.K's leading talent and literary agencies, covering every element of the entertainment industry and representing an extensive list of client roster including Jack Whitenhall and Keira Knightley.
Matt Smith
Lionsgate U.K
Matt Smith is the Head of Distribution at Lionsgate U.K. Smith oversees the theatrical release of all of Lionsgate's films which include Out of the Furnace and Only God Forgives.
Hugo Luczyc - Wyhowski
Production Designer
Hugo Luczyc - Wyhowski is a production designer, his credits include Snatch, I Love You Phillip Morris and Dirty Pretty Things.
Shane Collins
Shane Collins Associates
Shane Collins is the head talent agent at Shane Collins Associates, a well established independent talent agency, with thirty years of experience in all media.
Beth Kerrigan
Lois-Amber Toole
Student Board
Student Board
Chris KumHoi
War Machine
Chris Lew Kum Hoi is an actor and joined National Youth Film Academy in 2011, our first Introductory course. Since joining, Chris has appeared in several high-profile projects such as Netflix’ “War Machine” starring Brad Pitt, Doctor Who alongside Peter Capaldi and Call the Midwife.
Josh Merritt
Josh Merritt joined National Youth Film Academy as a writer and now has six years of experience in the industry. Josh has an extensive list of IMDB credits; writing,, editing, and directing for the British Film Institute, Rory Bremner, the Barbican, City of London amongst many others. Josh more recently wrote short film Echoes.
Ciara Baxendale
Harriet's Army
Ciara starred in short film Elan Vital, with National Youth Film Academy and is best known for playing the title role in Harriet’s Army for the BBC and playing series regular Izzy in three seasons of My Mad Fat Diary for Channel 4. Ciara also appeared in Spike Island with Elliott Tittensor and Emilia Clarke.
Grace Englert
Ip Man 4
Grace, member of the National Youth Film Academy played the lead role in the film, Philophobia, starring Harry Llyod and directed by Guy Davie. Just recently she finished filming for her role of Becky in the new blockbuster film, Ip Man 4.
Ellie Ekers
New talent, Ellie Ekers has just graduated from the National Youth Film Academy. A fantastic new actress we have high hopes for in 2018.
Mark Jarvis
National Youth Film Academy alumni, Mark Jarvis, is an exceptional young actor. He also works part-time as a Presenter and Radio DJ to accompany his acting studies at ARLA.
Sam Walker
Sam directed short film Monday with National Youth Film Academy, his skills as a visual storyteller has seen him commissioned by The Tate Modern Gallery, shot documentaries for Cannes Lions as well as filming for the likes of BBC, Adidas and McDonalds.
Christopher Bevan
CHRISTOPHER BEVAN- DIRECTOR Christopher Bevan directed short film Plus One with National Youth Film Academy and is now an award winning and Royal Television Society nominated filmmaker who has worked on a wide range of films including features, shorts, commercials, promos and documentaries. He has gained a wealth of experience over ten years of filmmaking across the UK, with his films being screened at festivals both in the UK and abroad. His credits include Transcended, Hollow Men and Love & Other Chairs.
Charlie Woodford
Heart of the Sea
Charlie is an actor and starred in short film Monday, since then he has shot numerous commercials such as BBC Sport, Subway, Tesco and Tom Odell’s music video for Hold Me. He also appeared in Warner’ Bros. Pictures feature film Heart of the Sea.
Louise Lynch
Snow White and The Huntsman
LOUISE LYNCH - PRODUCTION Louise Lynch produced short Plus One and currently freelances in Production. Louise’s credits include location management on Universal Pictures Snow White and the Huntsman, script supervisor on The Last House on Cemetery Lane and production secretary on Casualty.
Sophie King
Sophie's short film Swoon was selected to premier at the BFI Future Film Festival, and earned her a nomination as Best Director at Underwire Film Festival. Pretzel Films nominated her as Junior Director of the Year for 2015, and in 2016 she was chosen by BAFTA as a Guru Pro for her film directing work.
Saul Abraham
Saul was assitiany director to All Bar on an NYFA film in 2011. Since then he has won a number of film awards and is currently represented by independent Talent Group
Sally Paffett
Another Life
2011 Alumni Sally Paffett has been working professionally as an actor starring in the film another life
Abubakar Salim
Black Mirror
On our 2011 course Abubakar has had a fantastic career in TV and Film starring in Black Mirror, Assassins Creed and the Strike
Jordan Barrett
Jordan has worked as a crew member on a number of notable projects such as Vera, The Dumping Ground and Beowolf
Catherine Roys
Made Television
Catherine came onto our Apprenticeship program with the NYFA. She is now a Directs the National News for MADE TV in Leeds.
Olivia Chenery
Olivia Chenery is an actress, known for Queens (2016), Brotherhood (2016) and Penny Dreadful (2014)
Kweku Amoa
Assistant Director
Now an assistant director at the BBC Kweku Amoa is known for his work on X+Y (2014), Devil's Tower (2014) and Make it Better
Hebe Beardsall
Harry Potter
Hebe Beardsall is an actress, known for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), Still Life (2013) and Balcony (2015)
Segun Akinola
Segun Akinola is a composer based in London. His work includes scoring BBC Two's landmark four-part series 'Black and British: A Forgotten History' written and presented by Historian David Olusoga and Shola Amoo's debut feature film 'A Moving Image', which had its world premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival, won the Special Recognition in Narrative
Guy Mannerings
Directors Assistant
Wonder Woman
Guy is known for his work on Wonder Woman (2017), Rogue One (2016) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Jaz Deol
Assassin's Creed
Jaz Deol is an actor and director, known for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (2015), Forza Horizon (2012
Rachel Loughran
Million Dollar American Princesses
Rachel is an actress, comedienne and writer. As an actress Rachel has worked alongside Elizabeth McGovern in ITV’s ‘Million Dollar American Princesses’ playing the lead role in international feature film ‘Nice 2 Meet U’ and the critically acclaimed short film ‘Somebody’s Daughter.’ Rachel blogs for the Huffington Post as well as writing, directing and producing her comedy work including her viral ‘Brexit Bride’ sketch and PokePolitics web series, under the pseudonym Ray Lo.
Matthew Sharpe
Normal People
Normal People (2018)

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