Staff

Noor Sandhu

Finance Administrator

Nuno Vieira de Sousa

Facilities Assistant

Peter Hollywood

Head of Editing

Peter Hollywood is an award-winning editor, who has been editing for over twenty years. As well as collaborating with well-known directors, such as Ridley Scott, Mike Newell and Terry Gilliam, he has been contributing to almost every genre imaginable, ranging from no-budget shorts and independent documentaries to network television and multi-million dollar features.

Rafael Kapelinski

Module 1 Leader and Term 1 Tutor

Rafael is a London-based, award-winning writer/director, media lecturer, screenplay development and new media technology consultant. A graduate of the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, London Film School and the EKRAN programme at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw, he has created some of the most distinctive short and feature films that have won over 25 international awards at top-tier festivals such as Cannes, Oberhausen, Austin, New Horizons and Brest. His feature debut Butterfly Kisses (BBC Films/Film London/Microwave/Blue Shadows Films) won the Crystal Bear at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival and consequently Rafael was long-listed for the British Independent Film Award for Directing. His feature project Up on the Roof won Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Cinefondation Residence Award. His short To Bury The Horse was a finalist in the 2011 Bosch Stiftung Competition. He also worked as script supervisor on Nina Gantz’s BAFTA-winning short animation Edmond (over 50 other international awards). He has most recently completed a neo-noir psychological drama titled A Woman At Night produced by Blue Shadows Films (UK) and Haven of Peace (USA) and is currently in pre-production with Budapest Diaries (Polish Film Institute/DominoFilms/Filmfabriq). He has lectured in fiction development and audio-visual storytelling at the London Film School, Central Film School, London Film Academy and The American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles.
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Richard Kwietniowski

Module 3 Leader and Term 6+ Tutor

Writer-director, born in London to Anglo-Polish parents. After studying literature then film at University of Kent at Canterbury, became Visiting Research Scholar in Film at University of California at Berkeley before returning to the UK to work in the independent film sector and higher education. Short films including Alfalfa and Flames of Passion were distributed internationally. Work as a director for British TV received Royal Television Society and D&AD (Gold and Best of Year) awards and a Prix Italia nomination. Feature-films Love and Death on Long Island (John Hurt and Jason Priestley), and Owning Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Minnie Driver) both made Best of Year critics’ lists. Awards include prizes from Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, New York Film Critics Circle, US National Board of Review, and BAFTA. He teaches directing, screenwriting and acting-to-camera at a range of institutions in the UK and beyond, and has contributed to many European initiatives in feature film development. His LFS directing workshop for film students and actors has just celebrated its 300th edition. His name is easier to pronounce than it looks: Kfee-etnee- ov-skee.

Richard Leeder

Head of Projection & Audio Visual Support

Richard is an Ex-Westend Chief Projectionist, Obsessed with film from a young age (particularly the horror genre). Richard landed his dream job as a cinema projectionist over 25 years ago and has worked for Odeon, Empire and Picturehouse Cinemas, and has worked on numerous film festivals, including LFF and Sundance. He has seen the changeover from film prints to digital media, which has made the industry a lot more inclusive although he still thinks 70mm film is the best.  

Sabrina Semidei

Programme Coordinator - MA Screenwriting, MA International Film Business

French-Italian London Film School graduate in Screenwriting and winner of the LFS Final Draft award for Outstanding Screenwriting Student (2021). Before that, she graduated from King's College London with a BA in Film Studies. She has been living in London for the past five years, working on her own original screenplays and occasional short film shoots. She is currently also working on a novel adaptation and her first novel. 

Samuel Terentjev-Watts

Facilities Manager

Sam joins the LFS with a breadth of experience in facilities and operations within the arts sector in London. Most recently he was the Facilities Manager at the Young Vic Theatre and prior to that he worked for four years at Whitechapel Gallery in various roles within the operations department. He studied Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art and has a keen interest in all aspects of visual arts.

Saskia van Roomen

Outreach Manager

Sue Austen

Module 3 Leader and Term 6+ Tutor

Sue has worked in independent film and television production since 1982.  Her career began at the now legendary Goldcrest Films, where she worked for four years on programmes produced for the new Channel 4. After Goldcrest’s collapse Sue spent a short time as a freelance script editor, before joining Granada Films as Head of Development.  Whilst there she worked on a number of feature films including David Hare’s STRAPLESS and Aisling Walsh’s first feature, JOYRIDERS.  Sue left Granada to co-produce the medical thriller, PAPER MASK, co-funded by Film 4 and British Screen, released in over 70 territories and selected as the closing film in Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990. 

Sue then spent 5 years working at the European Script Fund, part of the MEDIA (Creative Europe) organisation and returned to production in 1997 with her first television film, VICIOUS CIRCLE, developed and produced for BBC Films and Irish Screen. This was followed by the BAFTA nominated comedy drama DONOVAN QUICK starring Colin Firth. Over the next twelve years she produced more than 50 hours of primetime television drama for BBC1, BBC2 and ITV and received a second BAFTA nomination.

She continues to develop new productions as well as tutoring and lecturing part time at the London Film School, Goldsmiths University, Serial Eyes and Regents University.

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Tara Verma

Editing Instructor/Technician

Thomas Gentle

Management Accountant

Victoria Storey

Senior Lecturer in Editing

Victoria is an editor and filmmaker, and a member of the BFE. She has worked on a wide range of productions, from documentaries, dramas, shorts, to artist films. She started her career as a runner before joining the BBC as a postproduction trainee, eventually progressing to editor. She has taught BA and MA students at several leading Universities. Victoria studied film at Surrey Institute of Art and Design, and the Northern Film School. She was awarded a RHBNC Trust Scholarship and is a graduate of the MA Screenwriting at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

Wojciech Wrzesniewski

Head of Sound

Studied Electrical Engineering, after graduating worked for a number of years as a service engineer and industrial product designer. Sound recordist on a number of factual, educational and documentary strands for BBC and Channel 4 such as Inside Tracks, On the Record, Panorama, Breaking the Fear (independent feature) and shorts You're In There Ltd. and Konfident.

Zach Au Yeung

Senior Lecturer, Camera

Zachary Au-Yeung is an active Director of Photography with 30 years experience working on TV Commercials, Music Videos, Documentary and Feature Films around the world, particularly in the Asia area. In the past 15 years,  Zach has also been involved in teaching Cinematography where he found new insights in his career. With his adventures in the cultural melting pots of filmmaking, he sees the importance of an open mind and curiosity for the improvement of craftmanship and persona. He is keen on sharing his knowledge and experience to young filmmakers and walking with them to explore the unexplored, with an open mind and great curiosity.

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