Speakers

Andy Ross

After receiving a regional RTS Award in 1990 for a student short made at sixth form college, Andy attended the film school at West Surrey College of Art and Design, leaving in 1993 to train as a radio journalist at the University of Sunderland.

Following a spell working as a news reader/on air presenter at radio station WEAR FM, he spent time producing community drama which led to an internship with the Motion Picture Association of America at Columbia Tri-Star Pictures where he worked on such blockbusters as Men in Black and Jerry Maguire. Since leaving Columbia he has written and directed five short films including BIRD, a ten-minute short shot on Super 16mm for the National Lottery / Northern Production Fund, and a broadcast pilot for the drama series, REPS, which received the RTS commendation for Best Independent Production in 2004. His latest short film, GRACE, was completed this year and is about to start a tour of international film festivals.

After being personally mentored by Professor Philip Parker, he has extensively lectured at the University of Teesside over the last three years, teaching both the UK Film Council’s Introduction To Screenwriting course and his own Advanced Screenwriting courses in Re-writing and Feature Treatments. These are the only official NFM endorsed courses in the region and work as a primer for budding writers applying for the “ Stingers ” scheme for which a third of all students have been commissioned. Andy is currently working on a feature film script THE MAP which won the Northern Film and Media script award in 2006.