Nick Jordan Festival Curator

Nick Jordan is a multidisciplinary artist-filmmaker whose work explores the interconnections between social, cultural and natural ecologies. His work has been exhibited widely at international museums, galleries and film festivals, including Innsbruck International Biennale; Documenta Madrid; Videonale, Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Kassel Dokfest; CPH:DOX; British Textile Biennial. Jordan’s award winning films include Concrete Forms of Resistance, The Atom Station, Thought Broadcasting and the feature-length documentary Between Two Rivers. He has curated several group exhibitions and artist film screenings, and undertaken a number of international residencies and artist film commissions. Jordan has been an invited jury member for several international film festivals, and is based in Manchester, UK.


Naziha Karima Arebi Film Programmer

Naziha is a BAFTA nominated Libyan-British artist and filmmaker working at the intersection of art and activism – drawn to stories centering identity, class and collective power. Her films include Freedom Fields (TIFF, IDFA, BFI LFF, JCC, Blackstar), After A Revolution (IDFA, CPH:DOX, HotDocs), Untold Chaos (The Guardian, Sheffield Doc/Fest), Kings of the Desert (Aljazeera)
amongst others, and her writing, photography and installations have been published and exhibited globally. Adjacent to art and filmmaking, Naziha works as a programmer, mentor and cultural facilitator, alongside a love of growing, ecology and exploring sustainable solutions related to food sovereignty and land rights. She is currently developing a hybrid project alongside exploring immersive, expanded forms of cinema, sound and other screens.


Mariana Castiñeiras Film Programmer

Mariana Castiñeiras is a Uruguayan filmmaker. She is a graduate from the DocNomads master in Documentary Filmmaking, which took her to make films in Lisbon, Budapest, and Brussels. Her work explores contradictory human relationships, particularly in connection to nature. Her films have been shown internationally in Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, Helsinki International Film Festival, as well as Braziers, and in her home country, where her short Exoskeletons won Best Short Film Jury Prize at José Ignacio Film Festival. She is currently based in London, where she works for BBC.


Caroline Vitzthum Film Programmer & Braziers Education Convenor

Caroline Vitzthum is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, photography, field research and film. Her work engages with the biology, ecology and cultural histories of plants. Her particular interest in bryology and peatland conservation is explored in Speaking Sphagnum, a project developed in partnership with the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Coming to peatland conservation from a background in bespoke tailoring, she is interested in the interlacing of multi-species relationships, experienced through ecological processes and a microscopic lens. She is currently working towards a public-engagement programme and exhibition at Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum.  Vitzthum recently completed an MA in Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford and Exeter College.


Julia Makojnik Film Programmer

Julia Makojnik is a curator and educator. She has produced live projects for PROFORMA, was Assistant Curator at Holden Gallery and Associate Curator at Pavement Gallery. She is interested in non-human-centric systems, alternative approaches to understanding nature, technology and time, and resistance to quick forms of interpretation. Julia is also an artist working across art, textiles and garment design. She is based in Manchester and she works as a multidisciplinary technical demonstrator in art and design at the University of Salford, currently developing a fabric technology facility.


Joseph Lang Film Programmer

Joseph Lang is an independent curator and artist who lives and works in Manchester. He is a former associate curator of Pavement Gallery and was a curatorial assistant at Holden Gallery. His practice is multidisciplinary, and explores documentation through black and white analogue photography. Joseph also co-coordinates a monthly reading group which focuses on the critical discussion of texts in art and cultural theory. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Leeds Arts University, and recently completed an MA in Contemporary Curating at Manchester School of Art.


Dave Griffiths Film Programmer

Dave Griffiths is an artist, researcher and educator. His practice explores our contemporary use of photographic images as lenses through which we commemorate and navigate our history. Griffiths has exhibited internationally in museums, archives, galleries and public spaces, with work commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, FACT, Animate, NASA and Abandon Normal Devices. He has presented his practice at international conferences and workshops, and has taught at Manchester School of Art, Leeds Arts University, and Fine Art Academy of Xiamen University, China. A film programmer for Swedenborg Film Festival, Griffiths is the founder of Film Material collective, running discussion, exhibitions and residencies, including at Supernormal Festival. He is based in Manchester, UK.


Hannah Drayson
Film Programmer & Braziers Research Convenor

Hannah Drayson is a Braziers resident and Research Convenor for the Braziers community. Drayson co-convenes the Transtechnology Research group of PhD students in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Plymouth. Since the beginning of her career, Hannah’s work has been situated at the intersection of arts, science and technology. As an artist and designer, she has explored a range of media as platforms for creative enquiry.


Isaac Jordan
Festival Technician

Isaac Jordan is a Manchester-based artist. His painting practice draws inspiration from a diverse range of sources, including YouTube videos and stills from 1970s science-fiction films. The individual paintings are arranged in sequencial installations, resulting in a cinematic experience in which the finalised work is animated in the viewer’s imagination. Notable accolades include the Apollo Painting School (2024), Spike Island Graduate Fellowship (2020/21), the Haworth Trust New Graduate Award at Paradise Works (2022), and he was shortlisted for the BEEP Painting Prize (2020). Isaac has curated a number of exhibitions, collaborative projects and artist publications, and provided technical support to film screening events and installations.