We are delighted to announce our 2019 Youth Jurors for this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Our Youth Jury programme is back for its 13th year in 2019. The Doc/Fest Youth Jury Programme focuses on giving young people the chance to enter the film industry. It gives 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.

This year, we encountered a remarkably high standard of applicants. The kids are alright! We're delighted to extend our invitation to not five, but six amazing individuals to be on the 2019 jury.

Meet the Youth Jurors

Jenna Mahale

Jenna is a British-Indian arts and culture journalist from London, currently in her final year of university at UCL.

"I can't really imagine a better way to kick off the summer than by watching a load of amazing documentaries. The films aside, I'm looking forward to meeting people who are just as excited about non-fiction cinema as I am, having the chance to critically analyse its newest offerings, and learning more about the industry as a whole."

Follow Jenna: @jennamahale

Liam Taft

Liam is an English Literature student and freelance journalist specialising in film and LGBTQ+ issues, with bylines in HUCK, tmrw, and i-D.

"I’m looking forward to immersing myself in everything that Sheffield Doc/Fest has to offer – including film screenings, film panels, and talks from industry professionals. I’m also excited to meet my fellow jurors, discuss the longlisted documentaries, and reward an exciting and challenging young filmmaker at the festival."

Follow Liam: @liam_taft_ 

Timon Williams

Timon is a filmmaker and third year student at UWE in Bristol. He runs a creative media platform with his brother called MANDEM

"I am extremely excited to be part of the Youth Jury because I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to make contacts that may be vital to my career as a filmmaker. I am also excited to be exposed to a number of films and filmmakers that I would otherwise never come across unless I was involved with Sheffield Doc/Fest."

Follow Timon: @timon_williams 

Natalie Lorimer

Natalie is a 22 year-old freelance journalist and storyteller living in Glasgow. Her writing explores music, film, contemporary art, mental health, and Scottish issues.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Youth Jury at one of the most innovative, inclusive film festivals in the UK. The opportunity to examine new documentaries with other young people who are equally passionate about the format is a true privilege. I can’t wait to meet the next generation of filmmakers throughout the festival and watch their projects grow."

Follow Natalie: @natlorimer

Maeve Allen

Maeve is a history student specialising in the history of film. She's originally from Bristol but has left the cider-slurping city behind her for London.

"I’m so excited to be on the Youth Jury. I’m looking forward to meeting the other jurors. Having the opportunity to watch, write and discuss documentaries with people who are interested in entering the industry (and those already there) will be brilliant. I can’t wait to learn more about how to critique, argue and tell stories on screen."

Follow Maeve: @maevelois

Mo-Jai Mckeown

Mo-Jai is a second year undergrad of French and Portuguese at UCL and an ardent cinephile, with previous experience at film festivals and with documentary distributor Dogwoof.

"I am beyond excited to be a part of this year’s Youth Jury, to be able to engage critically with the amazing submissions Doc/Fest receives every year, and bringing my own unique, youthful perspective. The task of watching the range of documentaries eligible for this award — and to listen to a diverse set of voices, experiences and perspectives — is truly an honour. I can’t wait to get started!" 

Follow Mo-Jai:@quantocking

Want to know more about what the Youth Jury get up to?
Click here for our interview with 2018 juror, Taylor-Mae Atkinson.