film - bio
Contact Maria if you would like her to be part of a film judging panel or to collaborate on a film.
Maria Ingold has been a BAFTA judge since 2002. She started out as a specialist judge in interactive technology and has since judged for games, TV and film. In film she also judges foreign language films and shorts.
Recognising her passion for film, Maria studied towards a Masters of Fine Art in Computer Animation at Florida Atlantic University and studied filmmaking at London Film Academy's Panico and through the Documentary Filmmakers Group (DFG). These courses have given her practical experience in most film making roles including directing, editing, lighting, filming, acting and script writing.
As part of the DFG's intensive training, she shot two short documentaries at the Film Farm in Kotla, Poland. She was director and editor of Brick Noise and cinematographer on My Daddy is a Fireman She most enjoys being behind the camera to get beautiful but eerie shots, no doubt an extension of being an artist.
In 2007 Maria went to work for 5 years for FilmFlex Movies, jointly owned by Disney and Sony, as Head of Technology. In this role she worked very closely with all the film studios and became intimately familiar with the on-demand delivery part of the lifecycle of a film. While at FilmFlex Maria also helped Virgin Media establish the technical structure for Virgin Media Shorts annual short film competition. FilmFlex has showcased both First Light Movies and Virgin Media Shorts nominees.
Mixing a background in Computer Science and Fine Art, Maria has 22 years of experience across interactive multimedia, games, TV and film. She is also a technical consultant in video on demand, a coach in transformational growth, an artist and is publishing a novel.