Mentors

Mia Bruno

Mia Bruno is a distribution strategist, theatrical booker, and impact producer.  Combining an expansive knowledge of film distribution with a unique skill for innovative marketing strategies, Mia thinks comprehensively about distribution and creates campaigns designed to elevate films in the marketplace and connect with audiences meaningfully.  Mia provides transparency, education, and analysis on what is working so that filmmakers are equipped to make the best decisions for their films in pursuit of goals both financial and impact-based. Some of her recent films include James Cameron's The Game Changers, Netflix's The Great Hack, and Always in Season in collaboration with the Sundance Creative Distribution Fellowship.


Kimberly Dilts

Kimberly Dilts is a writer-producer and co-founder of Film Ignite, a film distribution and digital strategy firm.  Specializing in grassroots organizing and creative distribution, Kim has helped dozens of filmmakers crowdfund, play top festivals (Sundance, Tribeca, DOC NYC), chart independent distribution paths, and connect deeply with their audiences.  She has produced two independent narrative features (Angel's Perch and Auld Lang Syne), produced and directed multiple short-form educational documentary series, and is a working screenwriter. Kim lives in Los Angeles with her husband and creative partner J.T. Arbogast, and their two cats, Howard and Claude.


Maia Krall Fry

Maia is the Head of Knowledge and Creative Communities at the Wellcome Trust, responsible for growing the diverse network of specialists and creative thinkers across all areas of entertainment and research. As a director and producer of both broadcast and fiction film projects for the BBC, BFI, and Film 4, Maia previously won multiple awards for her work, including the Debut Directors Award at EITF, the Broadcast Hotshot 2017, and the Portobello Film Festival Best Drama Award. In addition, Maia worked extensively in the editorial production of industry events including at the World Congress of Science and Factual Film Producers.


Tom Millen

Tom Millen is a Director of Crossover Labs specializing in the production and exhibition of immersive content as well as arranging cross-media training and events. He has curated immersive and interactive exhibitions for festivals world-wide including CPH:DOX, Bergen International Film Festival, Silbersalz Festival, The International Film Festival of India, Sheffield Doc/Fest, The Global Health Film Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Tom also works as a mentor and producer of interactive projects, a series of archive documentaries and VR such as the BBC’s Easter Rising Voice of a Rebel. His work has been released on broadcast, theatrically as well as being displayed at venues such as MoMA, The National Theatre and the Imperial War Museum.


Matthew Shribman

Matthew’s mission is to make science as accessible as oxygen. He has given talks for TEDx London, UN Ops, the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, Extinction Rebellion, the Green School all over the world. Through engaging, award-winning communication and innovative, press-winning projects, Matthew’s aims are to ignite curiosity, inspire courageous thinking, and empower individuals, to combat environmental destruction and drive positive change. His work has taken him from sailing across the North Sea to document plastic pollution, retracing the steps of Darwin across the Andes, and collaborating with East African farming communities. Matthew began communicating science with an online series called Science In The Bath that rapidly gained millions of views on Facebook.