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The Selection Panel

The Exit 6 selection panel is a volunteer team made of experienced filmmakers, reviewers and cineastes. 

Every submission is viewed by at least 3 panellists, who watch the films in their own time, as well as meet for group discussions several times throughout the submission period. 


After the submission period closes, the panel meets to discuss and decide which films should be included in the official programme, and which should be considered for awards.


To ensure impartiality, no film is assigned to a panellist if the filmmaker is known to them personally or professionally. 

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Paul Anderson

Paul is the founder and co-host of film podcast Strangers in a Cinema, and contributor to the Babylon Undead podcast, as well as a review writer for Moviefarm, Screenjabber, Clapper, and the Richer Sounds blog. He’s also the Submissions Coordinator at Exit 6 and his favourite film is Jurassic Park

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Carl Austin

Carl is a Video Editor, Director and Designer. He has over 12 years experience in the video production industry and has worked on promotional videos and commercials for high profile clients such as B&Q, Tesco, Cadburys, Majestic Wine, Motorola, Royal Mail and Imperial Brands. His favourite film is Blade Runner.


Mark Brennan

Mark is a freelance Writer, Producer and Director of corporate and commercial content. He co-founded Exit 6 after taking inspiration from events such as the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, where he took his short film Tea For Two. Still an active filmmaker, his new short Squall is now on the festival circuit. He loves Big Trouble in Little China.

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Kate Chedciala

Kate is the Content Producer for Exit 6, she’s worked in production for over 20 years and currently works as a Creative at TellyJuice directing and editing short form content. Kate loves comedies and has written for BBC Radio and the Edinburgh fringe. Her favourite film is Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

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Claire Clark

I have always loved stories. Whether it is a novel, tv series, theatre or film I am always happy to absorb the lot. However, I have a particular love of anecdotes. It’s a great fit for being the Submissions Director of Exit 6 Film Festival. Short Film is the “anecdotal” format within the medium of film. Favourite film is Amélie.

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Martyna Knitter

Martyna is an award-winning cinematographer, member of Illuminatrix female DOP collective, and a graduate of Bournemouth Film School. Originally from Poland, she has worked all over the world and currently lives in London, UK. Her credits include commercials for international clients, music videos, five feature films, and recent five-part TV drama adaptation of The Snow Spider for CBBC.

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Serena Chloe Gardner

Serena is an award-winning writer/director of documentary short Chasing the Vein and drama short Blackout developed through Film London. Serena is currently a part of Directors UK ‘Inspire’ mentoring scheme with Fizz & Ginger Films developing her first feature Six Weeks of Summer. Her favourite film is Aliens

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Chris Hannaford

Chris Hannaford is the senior editor at Basingstoke-based production company Face TV. 

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Amaliah S. Marmon-Halm

Amaliah is an NCTJ-accredited journalist, with a deep love of film, brunch and books. She is an advocate of D/deaf and BAME inclusion in the arts, a keen lover of independent British cinema and you can find her work in many online publications. Fav film – Youth (2016) starring Michael Cane and Rachel Weisz

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Josh Nolan

Filmmaker and on-air producer. Likes films, loves cinema. A picture he always goes back to, and highly recommends, is Lucrecia Martel’s La Mujer Sin Cabeza.

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