Women Filmmakers Panel

A panel of professional female filmmakers will bring their expertise to Deaffest 2015 to discuss their experiences of working in the media industry as a woman and the surrounding issues of being a female filmmaker.


Angela Spielsinger

Angela is a Broadcast Manager for Flashing Lights Media. Having grown up with a video camera, Angela naturally has a passion for the media. Her career started as a Researcher for BBC’s See Hear where she became an Assistant Producer. Her outstanding credits include Producer for BSL Zone’s Hub series and recently directing Remark!’s Unheard Memories (Part 1 & 2) programmes. 

Camilla Arnold

Camilla is Head of Flashing Lights Media (formerly Remark Media) and is an accomplished writer, producer and director, having worked with Remark since 2009 when she joined as junior researcher.  She has since achieved a wealth of credits including writing and producing the popular reality entertainment series, Punk Chef and the recent spin-off Punk Chef: Children’s Special.

She now manages the 11-strong Media and Access teams at Flashing Lights and continues to write, produce and direct.  Under Camilla’s directorship the team produced the award-nominated Magic Hands series for CBeebies and the documentary My Life: Signing off for CBBC.  Camilla has just finished directing a one off special for BSLBT: Deaf Islanders – about deaf community life on the Scottish Isles.

 Cathy Heffernan

Cathy is a freelance TV journalist and assistant producer who has been involved in a number of BSLBT productions including Crossing the Divide and Shakespeare: Found in Translation. A former Guardian journalist, she took part in Channel 4’s investigative journalism programme and has worked on Channel 4’s Dispatches. More recently she has been working on BBC’s See Hear.

Fifi Garfield

Known as a Presenter, Actress, Cameraperson, Director and Production Manager, Fifi has worked in the media for more than 10 years, and has had many achievements both in front of the camera and behind it. She joined Remark! in 2011 as a Multimedia Manager where she later became a Series Production Manager. Fifi featured in Deafinitely Theatre’s production Love’s Labour’s Lost in 2012 and in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2014, both which took place at London’s Globe Theatre. Fifi is currently a Director/ Translator for Flashing Lights Media.

Photo by Samuel DorePhoto by Samuel Dore

Jean St Clair

Jean St Clair’s extensive acting career spans over 40 years, taking her abroad to the USA, Australia, South Africa and Europe. In the UK, she co-runs fingersmiths Ltd for which she has co-produced and starred in Frozen with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Films include Still Here (Best Actress – Festival Clin d’Oeil 2013) and the Neath Films productions, September 11th (2012) and Five Needles (2011) for the short film Zoom Scheme. If I Don’t Lose, I’ll Lose (2014) is St Clair’s directional debut.

Stacy Lawrence

Stacy is the Founder and Director of Deaf Film Camp. In 2013, Stacy conceived, directed and raised funds for the very first Deaf Film Camp for deaf teenagers. For the last two summers during two weeks in July, deaf and hard-of-hearing children from all over the country learned how to write, shoot and direct their own video productions under the tutelage of professional deaf filmmakers, animators and screenwriters from around the world!

As the mother of a teenager and preteen, she firmly believes that art supports each child’s well-being, and brings out the best in each child.  Although Stacy always wanted to learn how to make films when she was younger, she was denied the opportunity to learn — just because she was deaf!  She is determined that today’s deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers be granted the full access and ability to learn how to create films from bright, talented and accomplished instructors.

Last summer the Deaf Film Camp’s amazing campers and team produced an ASL music video for Pharrell Williams’ Grammy-winning Happy song.  The video, which has over 1.2 million views on YouTube!

Teresa Garratty

Teresa Garratty is a freelance film-maker and actress. She has worked in many divisions of film & TV production, ranging from runner to writer & director. She is currently working on finalising post production for her latest short film The Quiet Ones, which is funded by Deaffest’s Ben Steiner Film Bursary. Teresa’s next project will involve working towards developing her first feature film.


Date: Saturday 16th May 2015

Location: Light House, Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE

Times: 3.15pm – 4pm

Progress of the Ben Steiner Bursary (Part 3)


We’ve now completed all the production stages for The Quiet Ones and have been focusing on creating a buzz with a marketing plan. We’ve already released the posters and there are some behind-the-scenes photos available on the Deaffest website. We will also be releasing the teaser for the film which will then be followed by the trailer for the film, so keep an eye out for those.

In addition, a website for the film is currently under construction and should be available online within the next few weeks. You’ll be able to find lots of info on the site, particularly information about everyone who worked on the film, including links to their personal websites if you wish to find out more about them or maybe even work with them in the future. We’ll also host all of the photos, teaser, trailer, posters etc. on the site so people can find everything in one place.

Later in the year we hope to have some other goodies available to view and download, such as storyboard artwork and desktop backgrounds. Don’t forget to keep checking back for those! There is a behind-the-scenes film made by Gary Thomas to accompany The Quiet Ones, which gives a quick insight into how we made the film and all worked together. We hope that this will encourage people to watch the film and vice versa.

Our next step will be putting together packages to send out to as many festivals as possible. We want to include a dossier with the posters, synopsis, behind the scenes photos, and the film of course! As it circulates, we’ll also be able to update the dossier with any press and screening info. Another part of our marketing plan involves a press release which we’re going to push out there in as many formats as possible (newsletters, newspapers, blogs, forums etc.), and we hope this will add to the film’s credibility.

Overall, our plan is to not only market the film but to also promote the people that worked so hard on it. We want the film to be successful in it’s own right but we also want the film to encourage the success of everyone that was involved.

Earplugs at Deaffest 2015