festival team

Joe Bateman // Festival Director

Joe is the festival programmer, curator and artistic director. He started as a stage manager for music festivals in the UK progressing to theatre projects with the Kennedy Arts Centre, Washington DC and with Arts Scape and the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town.

He joined City Screen in 1997 transferring to Curzon Cinemas in 1999 developing the role of Head of Special Programming and Private Events. In 2004 Joe moved to The Hospital Club, Covent Garden, responsible for developing the film and event programme, settling at Rushes in 2007.

He has over 16 years experience in film festivals and programming/adjudicating on many panels for film festivals, funding bodies and creative initiatives including the Best Of Boroughs, Fuji Film Short Film Competition, Kodak Short Film Competition, British Animation Awards, Blackberry Women In Technology Awards, Babelgum Online Film Festival, Audi Reel Talent Awards, Think Sync Film Competition, Smirnoff Experience Reel Talent Awards, Aesthetica Magazine Film Competition, Reed.co.uk Short Film Awards, Ideas Tap and London Awards for Art & Performance.


Thom Trigger // Festival Producer

Deeply knowledgeable about all things short, Thom comes to the festival team via a masters from King’s College and experience gained throughout the industry. He previously managed flagship City Screen cinema The Ritzy and has extensive experience in production, working on everything from micro budget shorts to Harry Potter.

He continues to produce his own and others work, programme for short film events and screenings, blog, and judge on panels for other festivals and organisations such as BAFTA and Fujifilm. Thom is also PR & Marketing Manager for Rushes.


Fred Rowson // Event Producer

Fred Rowson is a filmmaker. He graduated from Cambridge University in 2010, and alongside producing events, he directs and produces films and videos, as well as writing about movies and moviemaking in his spare time. He thrives on stress.


Amélie Thille // Festival Producer

Amélie Thille graduated with a Masters degree in Arts and Culture in 2008 and specialized in events management. After working for a couple of French Festivals, she moved to London where she was the Assistant Producer of the Raindance Film Festival for two years. She is now looking for more new ventures to get involved in.


Jack Trewin // Festival Coordinator

Jack Trewin joined the festival team in October 2011 having just finished his A-Levels in Ancient Greek, Fine Art and Latin. He is currently on his gap year and is going to Exeter university in September ’12 to read Film Studies. He has worked at the Edinburgh festival for Richard Bucknall Management and written short film reviews for Gorilla film magazine.


Rob Leather // Events Co-ordinator

Rob began his career in the film industry with Apollo Cinemas, working with the company managing their flagship site in London’s West End taking charge of marketing, events and PR for 9 years.

Graduating in 2009 with a degree in Interior Architecture he has progressed using his skills designing and building sets for independent and short films. He has assisted in organising many film festivals including Raindance and built many working relationships with UK film distributors including 20th Century Fox, Universal, Momentum, Disney and Paramount.


Katie Steed // Festival Co-ordinator

Katie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Bath Spa University in 2009 and has since been living in London exploring her love of cinema exhibition and the wonderful concept of the ‘shared experience’. After helping out with a few film festivals, she decided to map her own route and started organising short film events under the alias Whirlygig Cinema. In just over two years she has coordinated more than fifteen events in London and also programmed the film tent at a music festival. Alongside this, Katie works at the Renoir Cinema and was also Production Assistant for pop-up cinema The Lost Picture Show for two years running. She is now traversing the film festival landscape once again in search of new ideas and experience.



Silvia Puglielli // Festival Co-ordinator

With a great passion for films of every format and length, always in search of something interesting to watch whether going around for festivals or simply being at home, Silvia comes to the festival almost by chance but is ready to deeply involve herself in the organization. She graduated from La Sapienza University in Rome in 2003 with a Masters degree in Science of Communication. Worked for many years in the organization of independent film festivals, especially promoting the works of young directors. Freelance journalist for Italian newspapers and magazines. Moved to London three years ago in search of new experiences to grow professionally.