GMAC Film team members
Acting Managing Director – Paddy Higson
Projects Manager – Beth Armstrong
Beth is a graduate from the National Film & Television School and has worked for BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery Channel Europe. She has been with GMAC Film, developing and delivering inclusive community and industry facing projects, since 2005 and is the Project Manager of FIND Scotland.
Project co-ordinator – Raisah Ahmed
Raisah first engaged with GMAC Film as a Second Light programme participant. She has since received her first commission with Scottish Film Talent Network as a writer/director with ‘Meet Me By The Water’. Raisah coordinates and delivers the BFI Film Academy and is the Glasgow Regional Coordinator of FIND Scotland.
GMAC Productions Manager – Chris Nelms
Chris has worked in the film and music industry for over 16 years, directing films, live concerts, music videos and documentaries. Chris has been teaching for over 10 years and presently teaches film at the RCS. Chris began in 2015 with GMAC Film as a Creative Producer/Coordinator. He is now heading up the new GMAC Productions.
Operations Manager – Marissa Carrara
Marissa started her career in film as a sound recordist, then progressed through the Assistant Director department working as 3rd, 2nd and 1st. Now working at GMAC Film still using her on-set skills to organise and juggle, as the Operations Manager since 2012. Alternatively, you can contact us here with general enquiries.
Board of Directors
Stephen Birrell – Chairman
A film graduate in the 1980’s, Stephen used GFVW’s resources/networks and this relationship continued via GMAC Film and involvement with the board. As Programme Officer with the Scottish Cities Alliance, Stephen works on a national Smart Cities programme which seeks to make cities become more liveable and resilient through the use of data and new technology.
Paddy Higson – Treasurer
A retired film producer, throughout her career she has been committed to enabling new talent. She was a founder member of the Scottish Film Training Trust. Since the resignation of the Director of GMAC Film, Paddy has been working with the Board and management team to assist the company achieve a sustainable future.
Stuart is an award winning commercials and short film director. His work has been screened at film festivals all over the world and racked up million of hits on YouTube. Having benefited from the support of GMAC Film early in his career, Stuart is committed to ensuring that new emerging talent can continue to call it home
A career started in the Scottish film industry, support for GMAC Film is reciprocated by Halena’s commitment to equity and opportunity connected by sixteen years of experience working across educational settings, sharing complex backgrounds and a diverse range of previous personal experiences of culture, learning, life and work.
Shona runs Locofoco, a consultancy that facilitates, develops and designs brands. She works in print, animation and screen. She has worked for leading Scottish film makers and directors and has numerous awards including UK Brand of the Year. Her particular focus, as a creative industrialist, is the growth and development of GMAC Film as a creative business.
Mark was chair of the GMAC Film Board from 2003 to 2015 and was asked to rejoin the board in August 2016 with a view to helping the company on it’s next phase of development. Mark is passionate about the continuing need for a grassroots film making hub that promotes values of social justice while supporting the highest standards of technical and creative practice.
GMAC Film’s resources are limited and we wouldn’t be able to run Café Flicker – Glasgow’s monthly open screen night – without the help of some amazing volunteers. Our Youth Team needs mentioned also, they help a great deal mapping the needs of the young people we work with. We also regularly work with a number of freelancers and are always happy to hear from you. Get in touch if you’d like us to keep your cv on file.