Who We Are

David Barras

David BarrasDavid Barras has worked in the field of media education for over 25 years. He runs award winning production company Strange Boat and is the BAFTA New Talent nominated writer (alongside Scott Mackay) and director of Electric Man. David is a film educator for Into Film and Scottish Film Education.


Joanna Ebuwa

Joanna EbuwaJoanna Ebuwa is the Head of the Digital Filmmaking Department at SAE Institute Glasgow. Living between Scotland and London, Joanna has trained and worked with independent filmmakers to Pathe, Channel 4, Working Title films and shot TV and films in the UK, US and Canada. Joanna specialises in Scriptwriting, story development, pre-production and producing.

She has worked with several writers, directors and producers on everything from feature films, TV series, web series, music videos and trailers. Outside of this, Joanna is a Film Reviewer for online Film website, Britflicks. She hates Starbucks and hipsters and will one day get Robert Downey Jnr the Oscar he deserves.


Kevin Guthrie

Kevin GuthrieKevin started out acting at a relatively young age, attending PACE Youth Theatre as a 6 year old until the age of 17. He then attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where in his second year of study he secured the lead role in John Tiffany’s awarding winning production of Peter Pan. As a result of this break, Kevin has gone on to secure a substantial body of work in both Theatre, Stage and Screen.

Kevin came to prominence in Dexter Fletcher’s 2014 Sunshine on Leith, going on to work with Terence Davies in Sunset Song and Robert Carlyle in The Legend of Barney Thomson. He has also gone on to star in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and as Mr Abernathy in Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them.

2018 sees the release of Ridley’s Scott’s The Terror for AMC in which Kevin also stars. Furthermore, Simon Hunter’s feature film Edie starring alongside Sheila Hancock is due for release in 2018 and in November 2018, reprising his role of Mr Abernathy in Fantastic Beasts & The Crimes of Grindlewald alongside Johnny Depp.

Kevin is delighted to be involved as a Patron of the Scottish Youth Film Festival.


Dr Deborah McNeill

Deborah McNeillDirector of the Glasgow Science Festival and Head of Public Engagement in STEM at the University of Glasgow. Wide range of projects working with communities, schools and the wider public. With a focus on informal learning and skills development with young people.


Scott Mackay

Scott MackayScott is a writer of books, comics and movies - BAFTA nominated for work on Electric Man he also works as a film tutor. Founder director of the festival and has just co-directed the short 'Stealing Second’.


Alison Strauss

Arts Development Officer (Film and Media) at Falkirk Community Trust and year-round programmer of the Hippodrome Bo’ness (Scotland’s oldest cinema). In this role I established the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema (Scotland’s first and only festival of silent film with live music) of which I am the Director (2011 to present).

A cinema without an audience doesn’t amount to much more than a building; and an audience without young people is missing just as vital an element. Involving Scotland’s young people in festivals, filmmaking and film watching is the life-blood of our cinema culture and I’m glad to be part of this inspiring cause.