We are delighted to announce our new 2018 Youth Jurors for this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Our free Youth Jury programme is back for its 12th year in 2018. Youth Jury focuses on giving young people the chance to enter the film industry. It gives five young film enthusiasts the opportunity to meet key figures within the industry, curate a selection of documentaries for the Festival, and select the winner of the Youth Jury Award, which is announced at the Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards Ceremony.


Meet the team:


Owen Diplock

 Owen YJ 2018

Owen is a South West-based cinematographer with a great love of observational documentaries – particularly the work of Frederick Wiseman and the Maysles Brothers. A recent Film Production graduate from the University of Gloucestershire, Owen continues to shoot engaging, exciting documentaries and writes film articles for the online publication Coney’s Loft. 


Katie O'Toole

 Katie YJ 2018


Katie is a Psychology student with a passion for documentaries. After gaining experience as an intern with Journeyman Pictures and volunteering at the Open City Documentary Festival in London, she is honoured and excited to act as a youth juror in one of the best international documentary festivals in the world.


Beya Kabelu

 Beya YJ 2018


Beya is a Journalism student who writes regularly for the national press, producing content for The Guardian and The Sun to name a few. He received a credit for his work on the BBC documentary Lawful Killing: Mark Duggan and worked as a social media producer for Rio 2016.


Taylor-Mae Atkinson

Taylor YJ 2018


A Human Geography undergraduate, with hopes of entering into the field of investigative journalism, Taylor-Mae aspires to illuminate issues of international inequality through documentary and filmmaking. She's an activist with particular interests in LGBTQ+ rights and racial injustice. Taylor is a journalist who challenges what is often unchallenged, unafraid to cross boundaries.


Molly Harding

Molly YJ 2018


Molly is pursuing a career as a documentary filmmaker and producer. She's produced and directed independent documentaries internationally and is always looking for new opportunities and projects. She finds the process of producing factual content and telling stories fascinating, and is incredibly excited to be on the Doc/Fest Youth Jury.

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