Julia Short
Julia Short

Programme Director Content,
Inside Pictures

Julia was a regular speaker on Inside Pictures before joining the team as Programme Director of Content in 2012.

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 Creative Skillset. She is also a trustee of the Independent Cinema Office, and a guest speaker at the NFTS, MetFilm School, London Film School and mentors producers from Creative Scotland and Film Agency Wales training initiatives.

Corinne Ranaraja
Corinne Ranaraja

Programme Director Operations,
Inside Pictures

Corinne began her career in film as a writer-researcher for screen industry consultancy Olsberg SPI, working on assignments ranging from feasibility and definition studies to economic maps, international competitiveness assignments and strategy formulation reports. During her time there she managed projects for public and private sector clients such as Channel 4, the Hong Kong government and European international film studios.

She then spent three years working for the UK Film Council as part of their film export unit, where, amongst other things, she managed the UK film industry presence at a number of key film festivals and markets, including Berlin EFM, Toronto International Film Festival and Hong Kong Filmart. Corinne has managed the Inside Pictures programme since 2011. She holds a first class degree in Modern Languages (French and Portuguese) from Wadham College, Oxford.

Jill Tandy
Jill Tandy

Executive Producer,
Inside Pictures

Jill recently set up her own independent consultancy practice, providing business advice to the creative industries. She is also a practicing executive coach, and engaged in a part-time masters programme in executive coaching at Ashridge Business School.

From February 2013 – May 2015 Jill was Executive Vice-President, Commercial Affairs Universal Pictures International (UPI), where she headed Universal Pictures International Production (UPIP) where she oversaw the two most profitable and productive years of the division’s eight year history. Prior to this, with her two partners, Jill established and co-owned independent feature film production company Qwerty Films, where she served as Co-Managing Director. Qwerty raised a $100 million equity fund to produce and finance 10 international films, including the DUCHESS, SEVERANCE and KINSEY. During this period Jill also grew her own consultancy practice, as well as designing and managing leadership programmes including Inside Pictures and CC-TV. From 1989-1999, Jill headed the international Business and Legal Affairs department for Polygram Filmed Entertainment which grew to become Europe’s largest fully integrated film studio with operations in 14 countries, producing over 100 movies before its acquisition by Universal Studios in 1999. Jill is a qualified solicitor and practiced as a commercial and investment specialist before moving into the entertainment sector.

Gareth Kirkman
Gareth Kirkman

Programme Coordinator,
Inside Pictures

Prior to joining Inside Pictures in April 2016, Gareth worked in talent management. After entering the industry supporting screenwriters, he moved into actors agencies, placing performers in film, television and theatre work, with a focus on guiding drama school graduates and other young and upcoming talent. Alongside this, he has a background in coordinating numerous creative projects, as well as programming and promoting live music events. Gareth holds a BA in Film and Literature from the University of East Anglia and an MA in Film Studies from King’s College London.

The National Film and Television School

Inside Pictures is presented by the National Film and Television School (NFTS), the UK’s centre of excellence for graduate film and TV training. It selects the most talented people to enter the film, games and television industry at a professional level and is ranked by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the Top Four Film & TV Schools in the world outside USA.

The NFTS has taught the country’s top media talent for over forty years including award-winning graduates Director David Yates (HARRY POTTER), Cinematographer Roger Deakins (SKYFALL), Animator Nick Park (WALACE & GROMIT), Composer Dario Marianelli (ATONEMENT) and many other notable talents in the UK film and television industry.

NFTS graduates have won a stunning 7 Oscars, over 100 BAFTAs and the coveted Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or prize among many others. In 2014 so far, NFTS graduates have been nominated for 13 Academy Awards and BAFTAs. Our graduates received 6 out of the 7 Golden Reel awards for sound editing in a student film and won the top prize for the 12th time – more than any other school in the world. Last year it made history by becoming the first film and television school to win all three CILECT awards for fiction, animation and documentary.

The NFTS is a Creative Skillset Film Academy and its MA courses are recognised by the Royal College of Art.