After graduating in Political Science and Journalism, Vedide worked in a variety of Turkish media organisations before moving to London, and a career in the cinema industry. Vedide initially worked with various arts and cultural organisations promoting Turkish culture in the UK, programming for MTV's Turkish channel and co-producing short films. However, it was her work at the Rio Cinema in East London and the subsequent creation of the London Turkish Film Festival that fulfilled her career ambition. With Vedide's leadership, the Festival has grown from a three-day event to an internationally renowned festival. For over a decade, she has also successfully promoted and distributed Turkish films to cinemas throughout the UK. In 2009 Vedide created another Turkish cinema milestone with the introduction of the annual Golden Wings Awards, including the unique Golden Wings Digiturk Digital Distribution Award which ensures cinema distribution across the UK and Ireland for the winning film.
Louis Savy is the founder and festival director for the London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film (SCI-FI-LONDON), which just celebrated its tenth anniversary. In addition, he runs regular workshops and surgery sessions for the capital's film agency, Film London and the Independent Cinema Office. Louis has produced many corporate films and developed projects for young filmmakers across the country. He has a wide interest in film and festivals and is currently writing a book on festival management and best practice. He lives in London with his partner and three children.
Sabri T. McCann
He studied Computer Science at Strathclyde University. After leaving Scotland he worked in Holland, Greece and Turkey as a computer programmer for over 15 years. He now lives in Turkey and is actively involved in organic farming. He has 5 dogs and 4 cats. He loves sailing.