Film Oxford is an independent centre for film and digital media based in Oxford (charity 1041014) whose aim is to build an inclusive film making community and a ladder of opportunity for all. We offer a range of courses, for beginners through to professionals, as well as production advice and access to equipment. We also take on commissions, develop and manage community projects, run youth film activities and co ordinate major screening events in and around the county. Through our ‘Location Oxfordshire’ service and industry showcase events we are able to offer links with the film, TV and the digital industries and opportunities for local talent to bridge the gap into work.
Film Oxford is run on a day to day basis by an Executive made up of employees and representatives of the Trustees and Members.
Geron Swann. Centre Director
Geron came to Film Oxford via the Trades Council in 1987 and has been with the organisation ever since! He is fundraiser, project manager, Summerscreen festival co ordinator, Location Oxfordshire manager and general spokesperson for Film Oxford.
Gary Shenton. Production Development
Gary has been at Film Oxford for almost 10 years. Working in his role as Production Development Manager he has produced or over seen the production of over 40 short films, many of them getting national and international festival exposure. In addition he has exec produced features including the highly acclaimed ‘Anyone Can Play Guitar’ and the award winning ‘Thank You Skinhead Girl’. As well as supporting production Gary organises network events and supports local festivals and screenings.
Richard Duriez. Training Manager and Finance Manager
Richard has more than 10 broadcast credits to his name for documentaries (Producer, Director, Editor, Researcher). He has produced numerous non-broadcast productions for NGO’s, charities and local authorities as well as short films, and one feature. His films are regularly shown at film festivals in UK and around the world.
Alison Palmer Smith. Member Reresentative.
Ali is an experienced teacher and film maker. She particularly enjoys working on outreach projects and for many years has co ordinated film training, screenings and network events for International Womens Week in Oxford.
Film Oxford is managed by group of volunteer trustees including :
Zoe is a campaign filmmaker working for Greenpeace and a member of “Undercurrents” – a series of videos about activism around the UK which comes out twice a year. Zoë’s work is often seen on TV News i.e. protesters on Big Ben, on top of an aircraft at Heathrow, the unrest in Burma. She recently made a film about the maltreatment of beagles used for drugs testing, and that results were being faked by some technicians. The Home Office launched an investigation and two employees were subsequently convicted under the Protection of Animals Act. (photo Cobb/Greenpeace)
Candida March (Chair)
Candida is Chair of Metro Safety, a fire and health and safety group, and Team Coach of Oxford HR, an executive search and leadership development consultancy serving the international aid and social enterprise sectors. Previously she was a policy advisor and international trainer on gender relations and women’s empowerment for Oxfam, and has co-written books on the subject.
She is also a professional coach, as well as trained in facilitating mindfulness and personal development through movement.
She works with Film Oxford because she is passionate about supporting all people (and particularly people from marginalised groups) in finding their own unique possibilities for growth, purpose and contribution.
Fenella Trevillion is the Head of Joint Commissioning at NHS Oxfordshire with responsibility for Commissioning Mental Health. She represents NHS Oxfordshire on the Learning Disability Boards led by Oxfordshire County council and sits on the DAAT Commissioning Board for substance miss use services.
Fenella comes with extensive experience in both health and social care. She started her career by qualifying as a general nurse in London followed by a short period in a voluntary organisation working with young people with substance misuse problems. She has an Honours degree in Politics/Sociology from Exeter University and a Masters in Public Services Management from London South Bank and a social work qualification from Goldsmith’s. Prior to moving to Oxfordshire in 2007, Fenella’s was a Director in a Mental Health Trust in London.
Fenella was born in South Africa and has spent her adult life in the UK. She has two adult children, a daughter who works in the leisure industry and a son who has recently graduated from Reading in Film and Theatre Studies and now works in the industry. Her interest in Film Oxford comes from her own interest in film as well as a passionate desire to support a small, innovative organisation that can make a real difference to people’s lives.
Eloise works for Oxfordshire County Council as a Training and Development Officer for people with learning disabilities and the staff who support them. It was 8 years ago, at the start of this job that a marketing and publicity film was needed and fortunately this involved learning about film making and led to her introduction to Film Oxford. Over the years, it has been quite apparent how video footage is an accessible way to get a point across without relying on the written word and can therefore be invaluable for those with learning disabilities.
Eloise also works at the Old Fire Station in Oxford as a Duty Manager and is passionate about supporting the creative arts, believing that creativity can enhance the quality and meaning in all of our lives. She also loves to sew, paint and enjoys working with clay to sculpt human figures.
Nicki graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Law and Philosophy from Kent University, and worked for several years in policy development and project management, latterly for the Financial Services Authority in London. She moved to Oxford in 2008 to pursue a career in film, and now runs her own independent film production company, Eavesdrop Films Ltd. Having made several films in Oxford over the last 18 months, she is a strong supporter of Film Oxford, as a hub for local independent filmmakers and would like to see the Oxfordshire film community continue to strengthen and grow.