Carl Mackenzie Co-founder and Festival Director

Carl Mackenzie is a writer, director and producer who is recognised for his determination and passion within the film industry. He brings a fresh and original approach to filmmaking and is the writer, producer and director behind The Interrogation of Olivia Donovan, new 6-part drama series The Interrogation and short films Rekindled and The Silent Network.  He is also known for producing TV drama Deep Cuts and short film Spark.  With two feature films on the slate for 2017, Carl’s experience within the British film industry continues to grow and reach new heights.

Carl has also worked with some of the industry’s top talent with credits including Gravity, Rush, Game of Thrones, The Theory of Everything, Maleficent and Skyfall.


Marc Miller Co-founder and Festival Director

Marc Miller has a passion for engaging and entertaining the Chelmsford community, which is evident in the numerous cultural projects he has been involved with during the past 18 years. These projects include launching and managing various local live entertainment venues and creating pop up events such as art and record fairs, supper clubs and comedy nights. He currently works for the Chelmsford City Cultural Events team where he is largely responsible for the marketing of The 3foot People and The Fling Festival.  

Marc recently launched Chelmsford based film event project, Pop Up Pix and also hosts cinema stages at various large scale events such as Y Not Festival.  As well as engaging the local community, his career has found him managing events for various leading London based venues, as well as being responsible for bringing in high profile events from MTV, Love Music Hate Racism and NME.


Andy Pinkney Co-founder and Festival Director

Recently becoming a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Andy Pinkney brings extensive knowledge of film and festival production.  He has run festivals from inception through to implementation and has worked with the likes of Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Shamballa to name but a few.  In 2014, he assisted the production manager on BFI’s 2014 film festival gala.

In addition to his festival experience, Andy also brings his many years of experience within the film industry working in the camera department on big name productions such as Game of Thrones and 24: Live another Day, to live music showcases such as Bjork’s 16 camera live event Biophillia.  Andy is also the founder of Mettle Productions which is known for creating exciting new projects involving local talent in and around Essex.


Chris Cook Festival director

Chris Cook is a VFX Modeller with background in working on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and collaborating with local filmmakers on independent projects. Chris has worked in the VFX industry since 2009, creating award-winning effects for box office hits
including Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and the Oscar and BAFTA winning Gravity. Recently he has been working on one of the most anticipated films of the year - Beauty and the Beast.

Chris was born and raised in Chelmsford and has a passion for supporting local talent and connecting traditional filmmakers with VFX artists. He regularly speaks at conferences, universities and events to promote careers in the creative industries.