Nasheed Qamar Faruqi (Writer & Director)
Nasheed is a London based filmmaker of Pakistani parentage, who’s made several short films and music videos. Before gaining her MFA in Filmmaking from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Nasheed worked for Merchant Ivory Productions. She was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, where she read English. Nasheed is an Arts Council of England Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme 2015/2016.
Ashwin Anil Desai (Producer)
Ashwin Anil Desai works for Arise Pictures, a global film finance and production company with offices in London and Los Angeles. Ashwin holds a Masterʼs in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in Politics and Economics from the London School of Economics, where he spent the majority of his waking hours directing and producing for the stage – from Rabindranath Tagoreʼs Red Oleanders and Brechtʼs Fear and Misery of the Third Reich to Ben Eltonʼs Gasping and the hit musical Guys and Dolls. In 2010, he wrote and directed a brand new, one-off musical, TIMELESS!, which played to an audience of over 1,500 at Sadlerʼs Wells Theatre, Islington.
Yann Heckmann (Editor)
A recent NFTS editing graduate, Yann has edited more than a dozen short films, with an emphasis on drama. Along with technical expertise, Yann boasts a profound grasp of dramatic narrative. His graduation film Manila Dreaming won the 2014 One World Media Student Award.
Sam William Mitchell (Cinematographer)
Since graduating from the NFTS, Sam has worked on a range of commercials, promos and short films. He has also shot two features. His array of commercial clients include: Red Bull, Christie’s, the Tate, Monocle, Samsung, Moët and Chandon, Sony, Motorola and Google. Sam has a flair for narrative work and an ambition to continue working on dramatic features.
Gernot Fuhrmann (Sound Designer)
Since graduating from the NFTS, Gernot has done the sound design for more than forty features and television programmes, ranging from The Deep Blue Sea (Davies, 2011) to March of the Dinosaurs (Thompson, 2011). He has also worked on several award winning shorts. Gernot combines sharp technique with sensitivity and creative flair, bringing dramatic stories to life.