Shortly after relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Nesib CB Shamah attended the Seattle Film Institute and fell in love with the process of film production and development. Years later, while leading the renovation of the historic Columbia City Theater music venue, CB produced and directed over 25 live music shoots, the music web series Destination Unknown and the Emmy-nominated documentary Welcome To Doe Bay. CB also co-directed the dark comedy Worst Laid Plans, was producer of the short films Haskell and Mehndi, as well as the 2017 SXSW feature Lane 1974. In 2019, CB was awarded the Seattle Mayor's Award for Achievement in Film at the Seattle International Film Festival.
Noel has been the Director of the BFI Future Film Festival since 2008. Now approaching its 13th year the BFI Future Film Festival is the biggest and most important film festival for young filmmakers in the UK. Alongside this Noel also runs the BFI London Film Festival Education Programme, the BFI Flare Education programme, and monthly BFI Future Film Lab events at BFI Southbank in London, whilst supporting and producing independent short films with emerging young talent.
Anna Proulx is currently the Director of Admissions for the American Film Institute Conservatory, a top ranked masters film program. She has an extensive background in both arts and higher education management. Previously, Anna Proulx managed the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, creatively supporting and working with international and domestic documentary filmmakers. She has continued to find, develop and support future storytellers now through education at both Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and TV and now at AFI’s Conservatory.
Leah is an award winning producer and director that seeks out powerful character-driven personal stories told in unexpected ways.
Leah was named Variety Magazine's "110 Students to Watch" in 2015 for co-directing a short called The Provider that won Best Documentary at NFFTY 2015 as well as being nominated for a Student Emmy. Leah's latest documentary Death Metal Grandma premiered at SXSW 2018, earned a Vimeo Staff Pick and landed on NY Times Op Docs also won best documentary at the Cannes 2019 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. She is in production on a feature documentary about an abortion clinic on the U.S/Mexico border that is supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent and Sundance Institute.