Matthew Hellett

Oska Bright Film Festival Programmer and Filmmaker

Matthew has been part of the Oska Bright Film Festival committee for many years. In 2017/18 he was accepted on to the prestigious Guiding Lights scheme, the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme. Matthew was mentored by Emma Smart, programmer at BFI Flare Festival. This has seen Matthew take the role as Lead Programmer for the Oska Bright Film Festival. As part of this role he introduced a new strand in to the festival, ‘Queer Freedoms’.

Matthew has developed his skills as a panellist and has presented on panels as part of Bristol Encounters Film Festival, BFI Flare, Film Hub South East and with the British Council.

Matthew is also a filmmaker, and his film Sparkle features his drag queen alter-ego, Miss Sparkle.

Matthew is also on the Creative Minds Legacy team and is part of Viewfinder, Disability Arts Online’s new platform.