Isabel Moura Mendes is a Portuguese Cape-Verdean arts and cultural manager, with strong practice in international cultural relations, artistic exchange and African (& Lusophone) film curation. She holds an MA in Arts & Cultural Management from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she is based, and has been programming for Film Africa since 2013.



Jacqueline Nsiah is a cultural anthropologist, freelance film festival and arts & culture consultant. She has eight years’ experience in the international film festival circuit, having worked in the UK, Ghana, Brazil and Germany in a variety of roles, and is the co-director and curator of UHURU festival in Rio de Janeiro and producer of Black Star lFF in Accra. She recently joined the Mokolo project committee, a pan-African platform for African cinema.


Festival Coordinator

Abel Kemal Endashaw is the festival coordinator for Film Africa. Before joining Film Africa he was the listings editor for What’s On Africa and has been involved with Film Africa since 2015, working across social media and guest hospitality. He holds a Masters in Development Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden and is currently finalising MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development at SOAS. He tweets @MeetAbel


RAS Head of Programmes & Partnerships 

Sheila Ruiz is currently Head of Programmes & Operations at the Royal African Society, following five years as the Society’s Events Programme Manager. Prior to this, she was Communications & Programming Consultant for the Africa Centre and previously worked as a freelance events producer for various community arts projects. She is of mixed Spanish/Equato-Guinean heritage and bilingual in Spanish and English. She tweets @SheilaRuiz

Education Programme Manger 

Joanna Brown is the Film Africa Education Programme Manager. After graduating in English from Cambridge University, Joanna joined the BFI, where she co-ordinated special events. Now, after six years as a Primary Teacher in Haringey specialising in Reading Enrichment, she is building an educational programme across the Royal African Society, starting with school programmes for Africa Writes and Film Africa.


Submissions Advisor

Awra Tewolde-Berhan is a writer and film blogger. She has worked at various film festivals as a writer and researcher, including the UKIFF (London Iranian Film Festival). Exploring her Eritrean heritage, she is currently working on art-related community projects and as a freelance video editor. Awra holds a BA in English and Film from the University of Portsmouth.


Submissions Advisor

Robin Steedman is a fourth year PhD student in African film studies at SOAS University of London. She researches the phenomenon of Nairobi-based female filmmakers and her academic study will be the first about this female led industry. She has book chapters forthcoming in publications on archives of atrocity in Kenya by Brill and African cinema by Wiley-Blackwell, and her film reviews have appeared in the African Studies Review. Her passion for African film extends beyond the academy and she is now in her third year as a documentary submissions advisor for Film Africa. She hopes to research the exciting field of African documentary production more formally in subsequent projects.

Print Traffic Coordinator

Anna Dominian works freelance as a producer and arts administrator. Roles in the last year have included Assistant Producer at the Barbican, Venue Coordinator at Theatre Delicatessen and Print Traffic Coordinator at Raindance Film Festival 2016. This year is her first year on the team at Film Africa.

Submissions Advisor

Sebastian Ruiz-Cabrera has a PhD in African Medias at University of Seville, an MA in International Relations and an MA in African Studies. He is an associate teacher on International Communication and African films. Sebastian writes about African politics and the African film sector for several Spanish media outlets including, a media dedicated to the African Arts & Cultures. Sebastian has also made documentaries in Senegal, Kenya, South Sudan, Mozambique and RDC. He tweets @sebaprensa 

Events Programme Manager  

Caitlin Pearson is the RAS Events Programme Manager. She works on the general public events programme as well the annual Africa Writes festival. Her background is in higher education and scholarship – she previously worked in communications and events at the Centre of African Studies, SOAS and at the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust. Caitlin holds a BA from the University of Birmingham and an MA from SOAS, both in African Studies. Her research interests include film and TV, representation, class and disability. She is working towards expanding the reach of Africa Writes to other parts of England, as well as Wales and Scotland.