The Partners

SDGFilmfest is currently working with the following international partners.

Further links will appear here, as we develop our project with other organisations. If you are interested in joining SDGFilmfest, please get in touch with the festival team using our contacts page.


Ben Harbisher is Associate Professor Media Production at Coventry University. He currently teaches video and post-production in addition to supervising Doctoral projects.

As a researcher, he has been published in Critical Discourse Studies (2016), Surveillance and Society (2015), Journalism, Power and Investigation (2019), and Surveillance in Action (2018). His research interests include state and corporate surveillance, social movements, political and media discourse. He is the founder and editor of the International journal of Media Discourse with Professor Stuart Price, and Principal Investigator for the #SDGFilmfest.

Forthcoming publications include Power, Media and the Covid 19 Pandemic: Framing Public Discourse. Harbisher, B. and Price, S. (2021). London: Routledge, and Social Control Policies in Times of Pandemics. Hellman, M., Kettunen, T., Salmivaara, S. and Stoneham, J (eds). (2021). London: Oxford University Press.


UK national Andrew Trigg is a multi-talented filmmaker who has made dramatic films and documentary-style films for television channels, corporations, aid projects and governmental clients in the UK, USA, Australia and Indonesia. He aims to tell world-class stories that engage audiences, explain issues and inspire positive action.

Andrew is currently working on “Getting Better All The Time”, a documentary film about stroke recovery that he shot in the UK throughout 2017 and that he is now editing for a UK release.

Andrew was educated at Imperial College London and the University of Warwick. He trained in filmmaking at Sydney Film School, and has worked as director, cinematographer and editor on projects for organisations as diverse as NET TV, The Indonesia Channel, USAID, Chemonics, Accor Hospitality, Clean Up Indonesia, UNICEF, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Yamaha Musical Instruments, Ephindo Energy, Risco Energy, Prime Plaza Hotels and Resorts and Coca-Cola.

Andrew is also an accomplished theatre director and actor, and he teaches Theatre Directing as well as TV, Film and Video production at the London School of Public Relations.


Rhys is a Senior Lecturer in film at De Montfort University, Leicester, England, where as an industry practitioner he brings his ongoing film and television production experience to the learning environment. He has an MSc in Information Technology and an MA in Creative Technologies, and is the Programme leader on the International Film Production MA which was develop alongside Creative Media Skills at Pinewood studios.

A director/writer his feature film haves had theatrical release and worldwide distribution and he has worked with actors such as Warwick Davis (Harry Potter), Colin Baker (Dr Who), Vicky McClure ( This Is England ), Jon Campling ( Harry Potter) and Laya Lewis ( Skins ). In 2011 Rhys was contracted by BAFTA winning Sleepydog Productions as writer for their slate of productions for the North American television market. Following this he has developed several feature scripts, two of which are optioned for development. His third feature, Acid Daemons, is currently in production.

A member of the DMU Media Discourse Centre and the Institute of Creative Technologies his areas of research interest include how the digital revolution has affected low budget film making, and the identifiable styles of cinematography used in the horror genre within different global cinema territories.

In 2018 he established Leicester Media Productions at DMU – a production company to source and manage paid media work for students.

He is a member of BAFTA crew, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.


Over 15 years of experience in the field of TV, Film & Video Production, has worked in the Philippines with the leading Production Company, Probe Productions, Inc. and number one TV Station GMA7, News and Public Affairs, has produced various TV programs, TV Commercials, Music Videos, Political Ads and AVP’s. Has worked with National Geographics on Documentaries produced in the Philippines. Has moved and was based in Jakarta in 2006 as the Head of Media Centre, Publication& Design at London School of Public Relations, Jakarta.

With 15 years teaching experience for College Students at The London School of Public Relations Jakarta for the subjects; TV, Film, Video Production & Post Production, Print Media Production, Media Convergence and Communication Art Showcase for Mass Communication Department. And has been teaching also Principles of Mass Communication and as well Communicating Climate Change and Environmental Issues to International Relations Students.

Has a Master Degree in Corporate Communications at London School of Public Relations- Post Graduate Programme, Graduated last December 2011. In the early 2016, got promoted to a new post at LSPR as the Business Development Director & Program Manager for LSPR E-Learning Programme to spearhead the program.

Now currently as the Head of Multimedia Centre as well as the Head of LSPR Careers & Employability Centre. And just recently appointed as the new Director for International Relations and Partnership Office. She also extend her assistance to APRN as the Head of Publication and Assistant Chief Editor for APRN News Online.


Paul Smith is currently course leader for the BA (Hons) Filmmaking course at Nottingham Trent University University.

Paul has worked for over 10 years in the television and film industry, in a variety of production roles. Production roles have taken the form of post-production in children’s television, camera (first cut, ITV) directing and cinematography roles for factual productions (BBC, RSA Films), and commercial based productions. More recently Paul has acted as producer and director on a variety of short films, which have been shown at international film festivals (Bilbao, Cannes, Madrid, Nottingham – Bang, Exposures).

Additionally, Paul is an external examiner for Pearson’s Creative Media Production Higher National (HN) programme, International Higher National Programme and an EE for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) (BA (Hons) Post Production Film and TV and BA (Hons) Independent Filmmaking).

19 years of experience working in an FE and HE environment. Paul has taught at level 2 to 6, on BTEC vocational programmes, HND, Foundation Degrees, BA (Hons) and BSC (Hons) in film and television production. Vocationally focused, Paul has taught and instructed undergraduate students digital editing packages and filming techniques of multi-camera and single camera productions.

Paul’s current research interests focus on:

  • Filmmaking from within.
  • Poverty filmmaking.
  • Film and television industry collaborations within HE.
  • Living Theory.
  • Critical Reflection – the impact of the Critical Incident Questionnaire (CIQ).


Stuart Price is Professor of Media and Political Discourse at De Montfort University, UK, and Director of the Media Discourse Centre. He is the author of the monographs Worst-Case Scenario? Governance, mediation and the security regime (2011), Brute Reality: power, discourse and the mediation of war (2010), and Discourse Power Address (2007).

In addition, he is the editor, with Ruth Sanz Sabido, of Sites of Protest (2016) and Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent (2015). His edited book Journalism, Power and Investigation: global and activist perspectives appeared in 2019. Current research includes a study of Protest in Spain (undertaken over a six year period), and work for a new book entitled Corbyn and the Media (due out in 2020). He is one of the founding editors of the International Journal of Media Discourse.


In addition, he is the editor, with Ruth Sanz Sabido, of Sites of Protest (2016) and Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent (2015). His edited book Journalism, Power and Investigation: global and activist perspectives appeared in 2019. Current research includes a study of Protest in Spain (undertaken over a six year period), and work for a new book entitled Corbyn and the Media (due out in 2020). He is one of the founding editors of the International Journal of Media Discourse.

Aside from dealing with international partners, she is also part of the ASEAN Public Relations Network as the Deputy Secretary General and Special Projects Team for Expansion of LSPR.


Rachel studied Literature and Film at Southampton, followed by a Master’s Degree from Warwick University in Film and Television (with AHRC Scholarship). Rachel then set up a multi-award winning production company, which successfully gained investment and a listing in Televisual Magazine’s Top 50 Corporate Production Companies. Rachel worked for ten years as film producer, both as a company owner and then as a freelancer, working for clients including the BFI, Creative England, and Tiger Aspect Productions on film and prime-time TV drama. Rachel has won several film commissions from the UK Film Council, which became award-winning short films, and has co-produced a feature film with a BAFTA nominated director. Alongside producing, Rachel also worked as a freelance script reader/assessor and consultant for clients including iFeatures and Creative England. Rachel has trained in producing with the BBC, and in script development with The Script Factory. Rachel has been awarded two Royal Television Society awards for Production Craft as a Producer, and Best Short Film (2009, Midlands).

Rachel entered Higher Education teaching as a Guest Lecturer and Assessor for the MA in Creative and Media Enterprises at Warwick University, before becoming a full time Lecturer in Film Production at De Montfort University, where she deputy leads the MA in International Film Production. Rachel is also External Examiner for the BA Film Production at Salford University. Research interests include; UK cinema exhibition culture during the silent era/WW1, women working in producing, script editing and production design roles throughout cinema history, the craft of film producing, and the creative development process for emerging talent breaking into the film industry. Rachel is also passionate about wildlife and environmental issues, and is currently examining the impact and importance of BBC Documentary and Factual Entertainment output in relation to audience perception and action.


John Coster is a UK based Journalist and Educator. He is the Founder of the Documentary Media Centre that organizes events, education-based activities and workshops using documentary film, photography, audio and new media at the ‘intersection’ of real people, real places, real events.

He also runs the annual Doc Media Festival programme of free events and workshops on the theme of global citizens. John is passionate about development, delivering guest lectures at schools and universities across the world.

He lectures at De Montfort University on the Communication Arts BA (Hons) and Media Production BSc (Hons) courses.

Steve Graham

Steven Graham is the English Preparatory Program Director at the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP), Cambodia and a founding member of Udon Education Foundation (UEF) in Udon Thani. His main interests are in English for Specific Purposes (ESP), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), teacher training, primary school teaching and learning materials, and speech recognition development and implementation. Steven has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at national seminars and international conferences. He reviews books and has also been a regular contributor to the Bangkok Post in Thailand.


The Media Discourse Centre at De Montfort University, is renowned for its strong focus on the global dimension of mediated events, culture and politics. Its large cohort of International PhDs is drawn from Brazil, Iraq, Kuwait, Nigeria, Lebanon, China, and Saudi Arabia. Members of its interdisciplinary staff (both full and part-time) are engaged in a wide variety of academic projects, from the study of China’s Belt and Road initiative, to the analysis of Electronic Dance Music culture. Other currents of enquiry include Social Media and Surveillance and the Catalan independence crisis.

The Centre is closely aligned with the Channel Four/De Montfort Investigative Journalism team. Our doctoral research topics include social media use in the Brazilian favelas, the manipulation of online gendered identity in Iraq, surveillance and society in Nigeria, internet rumour in China, and a study of feminist film-making in the Middle East.


The LSPR Communication and Business Institute, aims to be the role model in Communication Science application and development in Indonesia and to be recognized internationally. LSPR currently has centres in Jakarta and Bali, with over 20,000 graduates, 6,000 current students, and 50 international partnerships. LSPR has recently launched a new state of the art campus at Transpark Bekasi focusing on Performing Arts, Digital Film making, Broadcast Journalism, Digital Media Communication & Advertising, Entrepreneurship Business Communication and Hospitality Communication.


The Documentary Media Centre operates on the ‘community of practice’ model:

  • it supports globally active documentarians in 71 countries – Latin America, West & East Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia.
  • it offers researchers access to this documentary media content – documentary film, photography, audio and new media.
  • it organizes pop-up events – Doc Media Centre or Doc Media Festival programmes.

Research interest: Documentary Media, Documentarians & Archives, Documentary Audiences, Community Media, Solutions and Constructive Journalism, Digital Storytelling, Conflict Media.


Leicester Media Productions is an innovative new project that obtains paid work for students in the areas of videography, photography, web design, social media, and graphic design. In addition to the contracted work students benefit from an increased understanding of the industry, heightened knowledge of client relationship, and enhanced future employability.

Pheonix Cinema

Phoenix is Leicester’s centre for independent cinema, art and digital culture. We are a charity.

In our two modern cinema screens we show everything from micro-budget independent films to the latest Hollywood blockbusters, and we regularly organise festivals and events.

Our regularly changing art programme presents work by local and international artists, and our education work helps people of all ages to learn about, and create their own, film and art.

At Phoenix, we believe film and art have the power to enhance our lives. Watching a movie or visiting a gallery can entertain and inspire us, offering new perspectives on our lives and those of others.

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities, and is where a unique fusion of technology, innovation and creativity works effectively towards preparing professional graduates for significant roles in business and society globally. APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of prestigious awards at national and international levels.