MAXIM JAGO

Conference Director

Maxim Jago is a multi-award winning filmmaker, screenwriter, author, consultant futurist, and public speaker. He’s the author of some of the standard texts used by film schools around the world, as well as books and articles exploring emerging technology and trends. He’s also well known for his online and public training courses in film production and post-production.

As a consultant futurist, Maxim provides support and perspective on developments for several media and technology organizations. He’s Chief Innovation Officer for the film distribution company FilmDoo, and Chief Futurist for Core.Live.

Having directed over 30 short films, and two feature films, winning awards as a director and screenwriter, he's a regular speaker at film festivals and media technology conferences such as Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance, Raindance, TIFF, NAB, IBC, BVE and SxSw.

Maxim brings far-reaching experience and understanding to the future of advanced technology for creativity and storytelling.

SARAH DOBBS

Assistant Director

After graduating from Middlesex University with a degree in Television production, Sarah went on to work on a number of independent short films, one of which received a BAFTA nomination.  

 

She has Production Co-ordinated numerous television programmes which led her to Production Manage a run theatre tours all over the country.  Her success and experience saw her step into the creative exhibitions industry, managing projects for clients such as Savills UK's rural shows, Burgess Yaghts at the Monaco Yacht Show, Oracle at Mobile World in Barcelona and Warner Bros UK to name a few.  

 

Her experience spans years, always bringing new ideas and positivity.   

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ABBY McGOVERN

Marketing & Speaker Liaison

Performing in an array of West End Shows, including Billy Elliot, Matilda and Oliver, Abby has relished in the joys of the creative industry from a young age. Recently graduating from UCL with a BSc in Anthropology, her passions invite studying humanity in all its material, cultural and technological aspects.

Since her appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, she went on to Direct numerous plays at UCL. Having worked with Pearson Education and Debatemate, co-leading a Debating programme at the Bamboo Schools in Nepal, her interests lie in watching young people flourish creatively in education.

Co-founding the start-up Humble Warrior Elixirs during her first two years of University, Abby’s experience stretches across varied fields, aiming to bring enthusiasm and light to every corner.

EINAR ERLENDSSON

Icelandic Project Management

Einar is a key Adobe Partner and influencer in Iceland, having worked in the media for over 35 years. He has also been a part-time teacher for Icelandic photographers for 25 years.

He is the CEO and owner of a photography processing lab with a staff of 17 and has produced photo exhibits, multi-vision shows, shown in Iceland, Europe and USA. Einar is the owner and General Manager a Digital Asset Management company, and founded FocusOnNature in 2008. He is also the founder and owner of Hugbunadarsetrid ehf., Adobe Certified Gold Reseller in Iceland. He was the Technical Producer of the Iceland Revealed image exhibit Smithsonian Museum.

 

His experienced includes work as the layout editor for the Iceland Revealed photography book project, and taking the role of Icelandic local project manager for a Good Morning America direct broadcasting from the Holurhaun volcano eruption with a over 35 in staff. He has held countless project manager and visual presentations production roles in Iceland or for staging overseas.

NICKI SUN

Marketing Consultant

Nicki Sun is an independent producer, host, director, cinematographer, content strategist and editor. She has been working both in front and behind the camera since 2009 and has produced, filmed, and hosted over 500 videos as a one-woman media company.

 

In addition to amplifying marginalized voices for her show, "Now You Know,” she is focused on building “TechNicki Speaking" as a premier source for tech and filmmaking content, and has been selected to partner with TikTok to provide daily edutainment tips.

 

Within the year, she has also produced and cast her first pilot SEPARATION, directed the 18th Unforgettable gala (aka “The Asian Oscars”), lead audio and video sessions at the inaugural Vlog University curated by iJustine, and is privileged to partner and work with some of the most inspiring people around the world.

Find Nicki on social @nickisun & @technickispeaking

SONYA BLEIPH

Web Designer

Sonya Bleiph is a multimedia creative practitioner based in London. She started as a post-production editor for music videos and short films for independent artists back in Moscow. She moved to the UK to pursue an interdisciplinary Human Sciences degree at UCL to broaden her understanding of human culture and nature through a combination of sciences and humanities. In the meantime, she has been gaining experience in marketing and media at various work placements.

 

Later Sonya joined an entertainment collective Peremena London as a Creative Director to run art and music events exploring contemporary underground nostalgia and queer culture of the Russian diaspora. Her fine art and digital pieces were exhibited in several galleries in London. Sonya has enrolled in Film Making MA course at the Central Film School. Currently, she freelances as a graphic and web designer as well as an art director for the photoshoots and film productions. Her visual portfolio is available to view at www.bleiph.gallery

MADALINA BENDERSCHI

Research & Graphics

Maddie is an enthusiastic researcher, conference and events producer. She is the president of the UK-Japan Student Conference, a space for cross-cultural pollination and a liberal discussion hub for issues facing future leaders. Previous editions delved into nuclear weapons and climate change, while UK-JP 2021 will explore ethics and technology. She has worked with the Battle of Ideas, Europe’s biggest debating festival numbering over 100 sessions and 400 speakers.

Her passions pivot around grassroots politics, inequality, and human wellbeing — topics evident in her research interests. In the past, she has studied urban sustainability in East London community gardens. An Anthropology graduate from UCL, her dissertation analysed Britain’s democratic legitimacy from the vantage point of climate activists. She is currently working with Imperial College to develop a guided journal supporting young people’s mental health during crises such as climate change and Covid-19.

SEAN MCALLISTER

Intern

Sean is a diligent, creative, and forward-thinking individual, with a keen eye for detail. He is currently enrolled at BSc (Hons) Management with Marketing at The University of Manchester, with an abundance of experience across the retail and hospitality sectors. 

 

Sean was invited to work with The Creativity Conference in what would be his first professional placement and has gone on to additional marketing roles with student-led pro-bono marketing agency ReBrandMe, and popular football kit outlet Cult Kits Ltd.

TOM ETHERIDGE

Marketing & Outreach Assisstant

Tom is a diligent individual who is enthusiastic to expand his mind. He has recently graduated in July 2020 with a 2:1 from the University of Brighton studying Film. He is currently working in the industry as a Runner/ Production Assistant with various film crews in the UK. He has directed on a number of passion projects and gained experience working on both documentaries, short films and TV commercials. Tom was invited to work with the Creativity Conference to work with their marketing outreach and act as a great asset to the team.

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