The Festival is pleased to announce that award winning Director Jan Dunn is to join the judging panel for the UK International Veterans Film Festival. Jan is a very busy and much sort after Director so we are really pleased she has agreed to take time out for us.
Jan is a multi award winning screenwriter & film director whose roots began as an actress in the theatre. She spent a year at the National Film and TV School in the mid 90s under the helm of Sandy Liebersan and began getting noticed as a filmmaker with her short comedies Mary’s Date (1999) and Joan (2001), both audience favourites. Following the release in 2006 by Lionsgate Films of her acclaimed first feature film Gypo, The Hollywood Reporter stated she was “a filmmaker to watch” with Screen International calling her “a very promising new British Talent”. The film became multi-award winning including a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Production, then came Ruby Blue starring Bob Hoskins, another international award winner including Best Narrative Film (Grand Jury Award Washington DC Independent Film Festival) and The Moonstone Independent Spirit Award for best female director, amongst other awards. Then came The Calling starring Brenda Blethyn and a stellar British cast, which won the young lead the Trailblazers Best Newcomer Award at its Edinburgh International Film Festival premiere, released in the US February 2014.