Meet the team

 Front Row, L-R: Sarah Watson, Danielle Garratt, Kirsty Pentecost, Tina Dickinson; Middle Row, L-R: John Clay, Stephen Firshman, Becky Bruzas; Back Row, L-R: William Hanekom, Jason Eade, Matthew Hellett

Front Row, L-R: Sarah Watson, Danielle Garratt, Kirsty Pentecost, Tina Dickinson; Middle Row, L-R: John Clay, Stephen Firshman, Becky Bruzas; Back Row, L-R: William Hanekom, Jason Eade, Matthew Hellett


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Becky Bruzas recently took on the role as Festival Director after completing Guiding Lights, the UK’s leading film industry mentoring scheme. Becky was mentored by Alice Cabanas, then Director of Bristol Encounters Short Film Festival, now at the BFI.

As part of her role, Becky has hosted panel discussions, including a UK screening of A Life Animated. She has also travelled to Galway Film Festival where she first saw Sanctuary, before securing the UK Premiere for Oska Bright Film Festival 2017.


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Matthew Hellett is Oska Bright's Lead Programmer, a role he took on after being part of the prestigious Guiding Lights scheme in 17/18, the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme. Matthew was mentored by Emma Smart, programmer at BFI Flare Festival. As part of this role he introduced a new strand in to the festival, ‘Queer Freedoms’.

Matthew has developed his skills as a panellist and has presented on panels as part of Bristol Encounters Film Festival, BFI Flare, Film Hub South East and with the British Council.


Becky and Matthew are joined by John Clay, Tina Dickinson, Jason Eade, Stephen Firshman, Danielle Garratt, William Hanekom, Kirsty Pentecost and Sarah Watson who each have their own specialism within the team.