About

Who are we?

The UK Actors Tweetup are the UK contingent of a cross-Atlantic organisation with bases in LA, NY, and the UK. In the UK we have been going for nearly 7 years now and have an audience of 1000’s on social media and email. Right now our team are delighted to bring back TweetFest in London for their third consecutive year running.

Previous year’s short film finalists have had their short seen by VIP judges, including Casting Director Gemma Sykes, award-winning directors Blaine Brothers (Nina Forever), Casting Director Manuel Puro at Puro Casting (Moon, The Machine), award-winning director Simon Blake (Still), BAFTA nominated producer Alex Moody (Alan Carr, Argumental, BAFTA nominated Funny Valentines), Producer Jessie Mangum from Goalpost and Variety Magazine International Director Alberto Lopez. Our galas have taken place at Hackney Picturehouse, a truly magnificent venue to showcase some of the industry’s finest in short filmmaking.

TweetFest is also proud to be an official film festival on IMDb.

And behind every good film festival are the people and sponsors who put it all together. Meet our Tweet-tastic team:

Angela Peters:

TweetFest co-founder & director – Festival programmer

Programming the festival alongside her co-founder Andrea, Angela is also founder of the UK Actors Tweetups and the award-winning blog, B.A.B.E. for actors. Angela is an international actress who has been in many cinema and festival screened feature films and shorts. She recently performed in the new play The Ends at Etcetera Theatre (Dir: Hamza Mohsin), and is currently filming the feature Criminal Audition. And when she isn’t hosting the UK Actors Tweetup, she’s usually in a studio voicing some job or another in her native Aussie accent, for televisions, film and commercials.

Twitter: @angiepang

Andrea Farrena

TweetFest co-founder & director – Festival programmer

Andrea works internationally as a producer, as well as running a talent management company, Farrena Films Mgmt, where she represents actors, directors and producers. Andrea believes that networking is the key to success in this industry hence why she joined the Tweetup team back in 2012. Andrea is currently producing a Creative England short film, and has many more features and shorts in the pipeline. Andrea programmes the TweetFest Film Festival annually, alongside Angela.

Twitter: @AndreaFarrena

Michelle Zahnar:

Partnership Manager and liaison

Michelle ZahnerMichelle Zahner is an actor, writer and producer who occasionally runs away to the circus to perform as a trapeze artist. She is currently preparing to tour her premiere solo show, A MODERN GUIDE TO HEROISM & SIDEKICKERY, through Australia early next year. Previously she has performed with companies including Vulcana Women’s Circus, Violet & Veruca, The Representatives, Screen Rebels, Black Fox Theatre and Pentimento Productions. She co-wrote and directed HOLEPUNCH in 2014 which received strong reviews at Adelaide Fringe Festival, 2High Festival & The Anywhere Theatre Festival (Brisbane). She also enjoys working behind the scenes to pull events together and has worked for The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Backbone Youth Arts and Magic Moment events in that capacity. In her spare time she volunteers on a city farm & plays ukulele. 

Twitter: Michelle Zahner

Elizabeth Hammond:

Sponsorship manager and liaison

Elizabeth Hammond is an actress, based in London and Manchester with experience of Film, TV, Theatre and Voice Overs. Elizabeth has recently worked with the BAFTA Nominated Director Charlotte Regan, playing a ‘Police Officer’ in ‘Dodgy Dave’ and appeared alongside Cathy Tyson in the role of ‘Renny’ for the film ‘Prawn’. She completed the No:1 National Tour of ‘Heartbeat’ playing ‘Mrs Hoon’ and understudying the roles of ‘Gina’ and ‘Annie’ and as ‘Angie’ in The Plough at SLAM Theatre (strong Northern Mum). Elizabeth was part of the original cast recording of Six Nights in Naples by Richard Link, as well singing on the Collabro Album Act Two (Syco Music) & appeared at West End Live and Olivier Awards, all with the West End Gospel Choir. She has voiced for various companies and is a narrator with the RNIB.

Elizabeth is also one of the TweetFest judges for 2017.

Twitter: Elizabeth Hammond

Isaac Peral Photography:

Official photographer

Isaac Peral has been photographing actors and our TweetFest galas for a long time. Isaac has worked with many incredible acting talents who’ve come from a range of drama schools, agencies and companies, with his actors working on: Poirot, Downton Abbey, New Tricks, Skins, Holby, Our World War, Coronation Street, at the Soho theatre, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Globe, the National Theatre, on the West End, Broadway and so on.

If you want to see more of his work at our event, just click on over to our gala page

Twitter: Isaac Peral

 

In previous years TweetFest and finalists were also reviewed in a number of press publications after the event, so it attracted lots of attention and had over 100 filmmakers and VIPs at the live screening. It is an amazing night you won’t want to miss!

And we would love to introduce you to our KEY SPONSORS who help make TweetFest magical.

Winner TweetFest 2015

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