Ben Steiner Bursary Judge Panel



Bim Ajadi

Bim’s career initially began in graphic design and 3D animation before he became a TV and film editor.  After working in post-production for several years for companies such as BBC and Channel 4, Bim became freelance.  For the past twelve years Bim has directed and produced for a diverse range of clients, with whom he has formed strong relationships.

Bim is profoundly deaf, which gives him a unique visual perspective on the films he created.  Throughout the summer of 2012, Bim co-directed a film for Channel 4 for the opening of the London Paralympic Ceremony. Most recently, Bim directed a short film, Champion of the World, which won the award for Best Film at Deaffest and was screened on Film4.

Bim  is currently working on a short film commissions by the BSLBT and hope to showcase his new film at Deaffest 2014!



Caroline O’Neill

Caroline is a freelance producer/ director.  She has worked over a range of Deaf programing from VEE-TV to Wicked, Hands On, The Hub and See Hear.  She has also worked in mainstream television covering genres such as lifestyle, music, cookery and most recently the BBC’s flagship programme, Bargain Hunt.  Caroline likes walks by the seaside, cheeseburgers and hates being laddered with the washing up!



Mark Nelson

Mark is the Managing Director of Remark!, the UK’s biggest deaf company.  At just the tender age of 12, Mark first stepped into the media world as a presenter.  He then became an Editor for the British Deaf Association (BDA) at 16, two years later he moved onto Channel 4’s The Vibe as a camera operator.  He later set up Remark! with Ramon Woolfe.

Since then Remark! has grown with several divisions with a strong focus on media work. Mark has been involved in many TV productions in a variety of roles from Cameraman to Executive producer.



Pip Piper

Pip is an established film producer and emerging director. He has a background in professional youth and community work but has spent over 15 years making films both nationally and internationally, from education to documentary and full-length features.  He founded media charity One Small Barking Dog, creating films with and for young people to explore their world. In 2006 he set up Blue Hippo Media with business partner Rob Taylor to develop larger commercial film projects.  Since its formation, Blue Hippo has become an internationally recognized award-winning film company for both documentary and feature film.  His passion is to discover and tell compelling stories’, develop and work with great talent and to create films that communicate with and impact audiences far and wide.

Blue Media’s films include: The Insatiable Moon (Feature length film – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor  NZ Film and Television Awards and Best Foreign Film 2011 Moondance Film Festival USA), Last Shop Standing (Documentary and official global film for Record Store Day 2013) and Greenbelt at 40 (documentary – currently in distribution).

Pip is also the CEO of the “Producers Forum” a member’s led film and media based organisation.