Raindance Undergraduate Team

Academic Team

Zulfiqar Choudhry

Principal / CEO

Ufuk Gky

Lecturer/Course Leader (Creative Media Production)

Myles Horgan

Lecturer/Course Leader (Performing Arts)

Robert Dee

BA Programme Leader

Sophie Knighton

Lecturer

Josh Farrell

Lecturer

Administration and Marketing Team

Paul Laight

Office Manager

Bio

Paul has a BA (Hon.) in Film and an MA in Screenwriting. He is also an emerging filmmaker, with many of his 15 shorts screened at film festivals all over the world. He has also written many short and feature film screenplays and been involved with running comedy events for many years. More importantly he has over thirty years administrative experience working in corporate, financial, industrial, and media-based companies. 

Sibyl Cooper

Academic Administrator

Bio

With a first class BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Sibyl joined the Raindance team in January 2023. Alongside their work at Raindance, Sibyl is a published writer and musician. Their writing explores neurodivergent perceptions of the natural world. You can find their most recent essay, ‘Metamorphosis’, featured in Speculative Nature Writing: An Anthology, published by Guillemot Press. Under the alias Scarlet Early, Sibyl writes and produces darkwave and industrial techno music.

Bailey Graham

Marketing Manager

Bio

Bailey Graham, seasoned marketer and passionate visual storyteller, has enriched the Raindance Film Festival since 2019. With an expansive six-year career in marketing, Bailey’s expertise merges with a strong photography and media background, offering a unique perspective to the cinematic world. At Raindance, she doesn’t just coordinate marketing campaigns – she becomes part of the filmmaking process. Often found capturing stills on film sets, she bridges the gap between production and promotion, translating the magic of filmmaking into compelling narratives that captivate audiences. 

Shyala Smith

Marketing Manager

Bio

With 18 years of marketing expertise, Shyala Smith held roles at Leo Burnett, BBDO, and Saatchi & Saatchi. A Fulbright Professional Scholar from Loyola University Maryland, USA, she holds an MBA from the University of West London and an MA in Screenwriting from De Montfort University. Additionally, Shyala is a published children’s author.

Sofia Soto

Marketing and Content Filmmaker