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Jennifer Handorf

Jennifer lectures on the BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production course at NUA, taking a lead on second year teaching. She brings her experiences as a feature film producer to the students, covering everything from film finance to marketing to career planning.

Practice

Jennifer Handorf began her career at Columbia University, where she was presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with the prestigious Student Academy Award. After receiving her Master’s Degree from USC’s Peter Stark Program and working at Fox’s International Production division, Jen returned to London. Here she produced several films, including the BAFTA recognised FORNA, and Ben Wheatley’s short film Precinct 13.

Jen has produced dozens of shorts and features which have been distributed internationally and programmed at over 100 festivals worldwide, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival, with many of her films taking top prizes. Her first feature, The Devil’s Business, was described by critics as Pinter-esque and praised for its art house qualities as much as for its scares, with The Observer calling it “genuinely literate and scary.”

Her follow up film, The Borderlands, was met with critical and commercial success. Mark Kermode praised it in the Guardian as “properly alarming” and Peter Bradshaw called it “fantastically unnerving.” She continues to bring high concept story driven productions to the British screen with two new features in 2017- The Chamber, starring Force Majeure star Johannes Kuhnke, and the long anticipate directorial debut of Alice Lowe, Prevenge.

Filmography

  • 2016: Watcher in the Woods, Heart Break Films (Co-Producer, UK)
  • 2016: Prevenge, W.E.P. (Co-Producer, UK)
  • 2016: Chamber, Dark Matter, Fields Park (Producer, UK)
  • 2015: Belly of the Bulldog, Dark Matter (Producer, UK)
  • 2015: Native, Dark Matter, Film 1st (Producer, UK)
  • 2014: Borderlands, Metrodome, Devil Lies Beneath Ltd, Dark Matter (Producer, UK)
  • 2013: The Forgotten, Sticky Back Pictures, Dark Matter (Producer, Line Producer, UK)
  • 2013: The Devil’s Business, SHH Films Ltd (Producer, Line Producer, UK)
  • 2012: In Love With…, SkyArts, B Good Picture Company (Producer, UK)
  • 2014: SOLITUDO, Dark Matter (Producer, UK)
  • 2013: Crazy for You, Dark Matter (Producer, UK)
  • 2013: Turn Coat, Dark Matter (Producer, UK)
  • 2011: FrightFest: John Carpenter Shorts, ID Films (Co-Producer, Line Producer, UK)
  • 2010: Shifter, Optimum Releasing (Co-Producer, Line Producer, UK)
  • 2009: Agua Dulce, University of Southern California (Producer, Line Producer, UK/USA)
  • 2009: Butter Not Forget, University of Southern California (Producer, Line Producer, USA)
  • 2007: Hatch, 13 Finger Films (Producer, Line Producer, UK)
  • 2007: Uncovered, Columbia University (Producer, Line Producer, Production Manager, USA)
  • 2007: Forna, Film 38, 13 Finger Films (Producer, Line Producer, UK)
  • 2006: Kali Ma, Columbia University (Producer, Line Producer, Production Manager, USA)
  • 2006: Sweetbreads, New York University (Producer, Line Producer, Production   Manager, USA)
  • 2005: Pop Foul, Columbia University (Producer, Production Manager, Special Effects Artist, USA)

Additional Work Experience

  • 2015 – present: The Met Film School at Ealing Studios, London, UK, Part-time Lecturer
  • 2013 – 2015: Metrodome, London, UK, Production Consultant
  • 2010 – 2013: Mofilm and the Creative Grid, London, UK, Freelance Producer
  • 2008 – 2009: Fox Filmed Entertainment /Fox International Productions, Los Angeles, USA, Peter Stark Internship, Assistant to Sanford Panitch

Special Awards and Industry Recognition

  • 2016: Film London Micro-Market Mentor
  • 2016: Channel 4/Random Acts Mentor
  • 2015/2016: Film London/LFF Marketplace Live Panelist
  • 2014: Lund International Fantastic Film Festival Juror
  • 2012: V48Hours Shortfilm Jury
  • 2012: Ravenna Mosaico Film Festival Jury
  • 2009: Panalux/Women in Film and TV Craft Award Jury
  • 2009: Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker
  • 2008: Peter Stark Filmmaker Grant Winner
  • 2006: Student Academy Award Winner
Portrait of Lecturer, Jennifer Handorf

– Jennifer Handorf, Lecturer