This month, David Lilley has offered to host a free crowdfunding masterclass where he’ll be talking to three special guests who’ve all successfully run their own crowdfunding campaigns, as well as giving us an insightful presentation and answering any questions.


Sophie Black is a film director and also has a lot of experience working in the art department. She’s also a professional producer and editor at a corporate film agency. Sophie graduated from the University of Creative Arts in 2010 with a BA in film production, and during her time at Uni she shot and directed her first commissioned commercial (for Surrey County Council), aged 19 at the time. She worked as a freelance costume designer/art director on a lot of independent films (including the feature film, Wasteland) before she founded her own production company, Triskelle Pictures Ltd. Triskelle’s credits include: Ashes, Stop/Eject, Night Owls & Songbird.


‘Alex Withers is the director behind award-winning short drama BUTTERFLY. Hailing from Nottingham UK, Alex specialises in short films, commercials and music videos. BUTTERFLY screened at the 14th BAFTA-recognised London Short Film Festival in January 2017 and has been nominated for Best Short Film at the Valletta Film Festival, after being featured twice by Swimmer’s World Magazine and awarded Best Editing at the Rob Knox Film Festival 2016. Since then Alex has continued to develop his creative voice, studying classes with the DGGB, RADA and others while working as a Director and Assistant Director on a vast array of projects.’


Kel has produced and AD-ed several acclaimed shorts and music videos. She also directs Notts TVs live nightly news programme and teaches at The Centre for Broadcast and Journalism at Nottingham Trent. Shes branching out and building a SFX make-up portfolio because she loves guts and gore!