Joe Bateman // Director
Joe originally joined the Soho Shorts team in 2007 and remained as Festival Director until the festival’s culmination in 2012. He started as a stage manager for musical festivals in the UK. Graduating Guildford School of Acting as a trained actor he worked on short films, music promos, commercials and theatre projects.
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 One World Media Competition, London Short Film Festival, New York Short Film Festival, East End Film Festival, Encounters Shorts and Animation Film Festival, Waterspirte Short Film Festival, 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.
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Deeply knowledgeable about all things short, Thom originally came to the team as a Festival Producer via a masters from King’s College and experience gained throughout the industry. He previously managed flagship City Screen cinema The Ritzy and has a range of experience in production working on everything from micro budget shorts to Harry Potter.
He continues to produce his own and others work, programme short film events and judge on short film panels for other festivals and organisations such as BAFTA. Thom is also PR & Marketing Manager for Rushes.
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Olivier Namet // Editorial Producer
Olivier was born in Cyprus to a French mother and Lebanese father. He was then taken to Kuwait a few months later where he spent his childhood, finally arriving in London to begin university.
His affinity for computers – he coded his first calculator in BASIC on an MSX at the age of 10 – led him to King’s College London where nine years later he found himself with a Master of Science and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Computer Science.
Not letting his degree get in the way of his university life, Olivier started dancing and performing in musical theatre, going on to eventually choreograph and direct several of the university’s productions.
His passion for film and television has led him to develop a fascination with storytelling through moving image, in particular the active role of the camera in a narrative. Interested in all aspects of filmmaking, Olivier is drawn towards editing as it combines most of his aforementioned skills.
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