The scope and quality of films, workshops and networking opportunities were truly splendid. 

David Gilbank

Amazing films and a wonderful awards ceremony to finish off a great weekend.

Julia Bell

I’ve seen the most incredible films and met the most wonderful, inspiring, hard-working people.

Kalli Pasqualucci

The first SATISFIED EYE International Film Festival was held over three days in Epsom, Surrey, UK in October 2018.  Our inaugural season opened with stunt performers from Star Wars: Rogue One leaping from a building, live music, a food market, networking drinks and a packed-out People’s Choice screening.  The festival included 25 events, 34 films, screenings of UK and European premieres, Q&A’s, workshops and free family activities. Our final day closed with a sell-out Q&A with casting director Elaine Grainger, before our grand finale: the gala red-carpet awards ceremony at the historic Queen’s Stand of Epsom Racecourse.  For a report on the festival by Artistic Director Chris Hastings, see THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

Festival News

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Thanks for the Memories

There was a certain inevitability that the SEIFF team would wear a blue smile as the inaugural festival recedes into the distance.  Nevertheless, we can look forward with excitement. But, before we do, we wanted Read more…

Winners Announced

The gala red carpet awards ceremony for the inaugural SATISFIED EYE International Film Festival was an exciting evening of live music, great food and lively entertainment at the historic Queen’s Stand of Epsom Racecourse.  With many filmmakers Read more…

SEIFF Promotional Video

Jaws drop as famous film characters invade Epsom. The people of Epsom couldn’t believe their eyes on Bank Holiday Monday when they spotted Darth Vader in Leightons Opticians. And customers in The Absolute Barber Shop Read more…

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Meet the team

The brilliant people behind the festival
Chris Hastings

Chris Hastings

Artistic Director

CHRIS HASTINGS is a multi-award winning writer, director and producer.Chris began his career as a writer, journalist and film critic within the radio broadcasting industry, before assuming the mantle of Artistic Director at a London fringe theatre.

Since setting up his own production company, 1066 Productions, Chris has gone on to become a familiar figure at festivals around the world and a regular industry panelist, from the Film Financing Forum at TIFF to the London Screenwriter’s Festival. He has also worked with numerous high profile names both in front of and behind the camera, from Stanley Tucci to Vilmos Zsigmond.

Ada Vaughan

Ada Vaughan

Artistic Director

ADA VAUGHAN, a passionate advocate of women filmmakers, established her own company, SableFilms International, in 2007 and currently works providing Oscars and awards advisory with All Lights Film Services (a subsidiary of Aries Group Global) helping exceptional talent with high level awards PR and marketing; and this year launched SableFilms Select (SFS) offering awards advisory to outstanding indie filmmakers.

Ada was named as one of the Emerging20 Filmmakers at ReelWorld Film Festival and was one of the eight select director participants chosen for the Women in the Director’s Chair at Banff.

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