Filmmaking Judges for the Impact50

We are delighted that Impact50 films are being judged by such an esteemed panel. For clarity, most judges will only be involved in judging the category winners for the Awards. No single judge will watch all the films as this would be too much to ask of successful and busy professionals.


The Impact50 team will be responsible for making the ultimate selection of the films in the feature film as this will be a lengthy editorial process. Where possible we will ask the judges for feedback and for steering on film choices in the final film.


Samantha Horley // Sales Expert and Screenwriter

After twenty years in international film sales, marketing, development and production for PolyGram, Summit and as MD of The Salt Company, Samantha is now a freelance consultant and a successful screenwriter repped by United Agents.

Barbara Machin // Writer, Producer

Barbara Machin was the creator/writer and show runner of BBC1’s award winning crime series Waking The Dead running for ten years, screening all over the world and winning an International Emmy for Best Drama Series in 2007.

Eric Heisserer // Screenwriter

Eric was an Academy Award nominee for his screenplay, ARRIVAL, which won the Writers Guild of America award. He is also known for films such as LIGHTS OUT, HOURS (writer/director), FINAL DESTINATION 5, THE THING, and the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake.

Sarah Gavron // Film Director

Award winning director of feature films including ‘Suffragette’, ‘Brick Lane’ and ‘This Little Life’.  


David Nicholas Wilkinson // Distributor, The First Film

David has produced and/or distributed almost 150 feature films and has acted as a consultant on over 300 more, advising on behalf of institutional financiers, individual investors and numerous film and television production companies. David also distributed 50 Kisses and was instrumental in its success.


Sophie Watts // Former President, STX Entertainment

Co-founder of the global media company STX Entertainment.

Jeremy Bolt // Producer

Prolific producer of blockbusters, Brit producer and head honcho at Impact Pictures has a raft of genre favourites under his belt, including the Resident Evil franchise, cult classic Event Horizon and the recent Death Race remakes.

Joe Eszterhas // Hollywood Screenwriter, Basic Instinct

Joe Eszterhas is an American screenwriter and best-selling author. He has sold nearly thirty screenplays, seventeen of which have been produced, and his movies have grossed more than $1 billion at the box office. Joe’s most notable credits include ‘Basic Instinct’, ‘Jagged Edge’ and ‘Flashdance’.


Eddie Hamilton // Editor, Mission Impossible

Eddie’s most recent credits include ‘X-Men: First Class’, ‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Kick-Ass 2’ and ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’. Eddie is currently editing ‘Mission Impossible: 5’. Eddie’s unwavering dedication to his work and infectious energy never fails to inspire anyone who comes within three feet of him.


Evan Jacobs // Visual Effects Supervisor, Guardians of the Galaxy

Award winning VFX Supervisor, Evan has contributed to some of the most successful blockbusters of recent times, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Titanic.