Victoria Mapplebeck – Director and Writer

Victoria is an award winning Writer and Director. Victoria’s films for TV and the web have been commissioned by Dazed and Confused, Film Four, Channel 4 and The Arts Council. She created Channel 4’s first interactive documentary series, Smart Hearts, in which web cams streamed from the subjects homes for over 18 months. The series explored the culture of intimate and interactive technologies and was nominated for a New Media Indie Award.

Victoria’s recent short film, 160 Characters is an adaptation of her illustrated memoir which lifts the lid on the stories and secrets buried in a vintage Nokia. 160 Characters was officially selected for the 2015 BFI London Film Festival and has been recently nominated for a 2016 AHRC Research in Film Award. 160 Characters will launch on Short of the Week in winter 2016 and will also be showcased in a six week exhibition of Victoria’s work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle.

Victoria is currently developing DATA RECOVERY a feature version of this short film. DATA RECOVERY is a smartphone feature will be serialized for mobiles and embedded within TEXT ME an award winning interactive multiplatform arts project. TEXT ME won The 2014 Pixel Lab Prize. It also won The Merging Media Prize for Best European Cross platform Project, at Power to the Pixel and was featured in Wired magazine.

Victoria is the Programme Director of the MA in Documentary by Practice Royal Holloway, University of London. She has guest lectured at The London Film School, The Banff New Media Institute, Goldsmiths and The Royal College of Art. Victoria is interviewed regularly for BBC and Sky news on developments in mobile media. She is also a critic and has had features published in The Guardian, The Observer, Dox magazine, The Huffington Post and The Conversation.

Erin Phipps – Producer

erin-phippsErin is an award-winning producer. Her career launched off before even graduating from her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. She was awarded the 2013 Student Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts for the Public Service Announcement she produced and edited for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The following year, the short film she produced and co-directed, Ixonia (2012), was nominated for the 2014 an Emmy in the long-form fiction category for the Upper Midwest Chapter.

Erin graduated early with a B.A. in Communications to work as a producer and editor at Backflip Films in Madison, Wisconsin. For two years, she worked in commercials and corporate films winning awards from MCA-I Madison. During that time, she also teamed up with Firmament Films and worked as a production assistant on The Noize (2013) and an assistant director on Game Day (2014) for the 48 Hour Film Project. Both won the regional Best Film Award along with other awards and Game Day continued to the 2014 International Filmapolooza Film Fest to win Best Song.

She moved to the U.K. to study at The London Film School. The London Film School graduation film she produced, Zaire (2016), is starting its festival circuit, and most recently, the short film she also produced, Nazha, was sold to BBC Arabic TV’s programme Cinema Badila.