BIRDS EYE VIEW TRUSTEES
After a short stint in New York, Geraldine has spent the rest of her professional career in London working first for a U.S. investment bank and more recently for a major European financial institution in various positions. She is currently a Managing Director focussing on Credit Risk Management at ING Bank N.V. She has a keen interest in the arts including film, theatre and music, and joined the Board in 2008.
Passionate about equality, Rachel co-founded Birds Eye View in 2002 as a celebration of female filmmaking talent, a positive response to the fact that only 7% film directors were women. She spent the next decade developing Birds Eye View as a leading national organisation. During this time, Rachel directed and produced nine international film festivals celebrating the best new and established women filmmakers from all around the world, and commissioned over 30 female musicians to create new live scores to classic silent films.
Towards the end of her directorship of Birds Eye View, Rachel was selected as a Clore Fellow, embarking on two years of training in cultural leadership, including a placement at The Roundhouse in Camden, focusing on audience consultation & brand development, and an additional course in consultancy skills.
Rachel remains on the board of Birds Eye View as a Trustee, and has recently been offering consultancy in fundraising, income generation and artistic direction to local arts organisations.
From a background in advertising and consumer PR, Julia joined Rank Film Distributors in the early 1990s. After moving to PolyGram, she became responsible for running the theatrical marketing department in the UK, releasing such films as TRAINSPOTTING, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, FARGO, TWELVE MONKEYS and THE USUAL SUSPECTS. After PolyGram closed in 1999, Julia moved to Redbus (now Lionsgate) and Film Four Distribution. In 2003 Julia set up Verve Pictures with Colin Burch, and for two years was Head of Acquisitions (Consultant) at The Works. She is actively involved in delivering several high profile training courses for both the Film Distributors Association and Skillset. She is also a trustee of the Independent Cinema Office, on the Board of Birds Eye View Film Festival and a guest speaker at the NFTS, MetFilm School, London Film School and mentors producers from Creative Scotland and Film Agency Wales training initiatives. Julia was a regular speaker on Inside Pictures before joining the team as Programme Director of Content in 2012.
Managing Director – Sunray Films Limited
Following the closure of Focus Features International (FFI) in December 2013, veteran executive, Alison Thompson has set up Sunray Films Limited, a UK-based production/sales company. Titles on the new slate include acclaimed British musical, SUNSHINE ON LEITH, Mike Leigh’s upcoming, MR TURNER and Asif Kapadia’s new documentary about AMY WINEHOUSE.
Previously, Alison was co-president of FFI, one of the world’s leading international sales agents and financiers, a subsidiary of ‘mini-studio’ – Focus Features’. Owned by Universal Pictures, FFI’s prestigious slate included BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, MOONRISE KINGDOM and more recently BLUE JASMINE.
Alison came to FFI in September 2005, directly from the UK-based Pathé Pictures International. Among the many films that Pathé handled were THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES and GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING. Prior to joining Pathé, she was chief executive of The Sales Company, one of the UK’s top sales agencies through the 1990s. During her 14 years there, Alison represented more than 100 films from the world’s most celebrated directors. She began her career with the Rank Organisation and Channel Four.