LFA Team

LFA Team

Daisy Gili - Joint Principal & Founder

Daisy is from a family of artists, writers and filmmakers, and grew up spending as much time as possible in cinemas, cutting rooms and dubbing theatres. Although a maths graduate, Daisy decided not to pursue a career in numbers but to enter the film & TV industry. She finds that her grounding in mathematical thought, which combines form and pattern with logic, has enhanced her own approach to filmmaking.

After working for four years in production on a leading series for Channel 4, then briefly on Richard Eyre’s film 'Iris', Daisy decided to return to being a student, this time of filmmaking. Unable to find a course that met her expectations and requirements, Daisy co-founded the LFA. In addition to co-running one of the most innovative and dynamic filmmaking schools in the UK, Daisy has produced and directed three short films, including 'The Summer House' (starring Robert Pattinson and Talulah Riley).

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Anna MacDonald - Joint Principal & Founder

Anna ensures that the Academy remains innovative, inspiring and cutting edge. Whether dealing with the Academy’s day-to-day running, business development or the distribution of films made by LFA students, graduates and partners, Anna is always looking for the best ways to grow the work LFA produce. Alongside her role as LFA’s Joint Principal she has produced and executive produced hundreds of motion pictures including 'The Summer House' (starring Robert Pattinson and Talulah Riley, which was no.1 on the iTunes sales charts in UK, USA and Canada and within first 10 in France and Germany on its first day) - list of credits on IMDB.

Anna is the mastermind behind the extraordinary number of special events, masterclasses and educational programmes that LFA conducts at film festivals and schools worldwide.  She was named one of the 30 prominent Londoners with Polish roots featured in the ‘London Creatives: Polish Roots’ exhibition at the Museum of London (October 2009), celebrating the role that Londoners of Polish origin have played in the capital's cultural scene (presented by the Polish Cultural Institute). Before founding LFA she worked as a Creative and Publishing  Consultant.

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Simon Flynn - Vice Principal

Whether you’re looking to specialise in screenwriting, documentary, directing or filmmaking, Simon’s here to help you make the best decisions for your career. As Vice Principal, Simon leads our outstanding Diploma Courses, working closely with the Joint-Principals, tutors and students managing course content and delivery to guide you through your time at LFA.   

Our Diplomas are designed to enable you to find your own voice in a collaborative and nurturing environment. Looking after these very intense and practical programmes, Simon can draw upon his experience of exec producing short films and advising and supporting emerging film talent to help you get to where you want to go.

Simon moved into the film industry working with First Light and Screen West Midlands where he looked after a number of filmmaking initiatives and talent schemes. In his time looking after these schemes, he commissioned and produced a number of award-winning shorts and animation projects as well as nurturing a host of emerging filmmakers who have since progressed to direct and produce successful features and primetime television shows.  In his previous role at Creative England, Simon project managed Film Nation Shorts - a leading filmmaking initiative of the Cultural Olympiad - which encouraged young people aged 16-25 across the UK to make short films, the best of which were screened at venues across London in 2012.

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Salome Penteado - Admissions & Operations Leader

Here to welcome you with a smile as soon as you step through our doors, Salome personifies our vision to provide a personable and friendly experience during your time at the academy. As Admissions and Front of House Leader she is likely to be your first point of contact with the LFA, whether on the phone, by email or in person. Salome will be on hand to answer any questions and point you in the right direction to find a course that suits your ambitions. 

Salome has come to us from a international school where she supported and advised hundreds of students on how to reach their dreams. Having always been a film enthusiast, she has joined LFA to return to her early passion for cinema and to continue on her journey of helping even more students achieve their goals.

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Alice Guilluy - Course Coordinator: BA Filmmaking

As the BA in Filmmaking Course Leader, Alice is charged with making sure the course runs smoothly, and will be your first port of call for any queries or requests regarding the BA.

She has a background in film theory and history, and is obsessed with rom-coms: she completed a PhD at King’s College London on the European reception of contemporary Hollywood romantic comedy.

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Matthew Wake - Course Leader: Diplomas

As the Coordinator of our multi-disciplinary Diploma Courses, Matthew ensures that you are getting the most out of your time with us at LFA. Matthew works closely alongside the Diploma Course Leader and is a key contact for any student considering the diploma courses making sure you pick the right course for you. His ability to bring his film theory knowledge into the practical environment of the academy to support future filmmakers provides students a great start to their filmmaking career.

Matthew joined us in September 2013 after graduating with a degree in Film and Sociology and an MA in Film Studies. The epitome of a film enthusiast, Matthew avidly consumes a number of films on a weekly basis and is always eager to discuss his recent watches.

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Lottie Britton - Course Coordinator: Diplomas

As Course Coordinator, Lottie helps ensure that the Diploma courses run smoothly and that you're getting the most out of your time here at LFA.

A film enthusiast, Lottie started making short films, often enlisting family members to act for her, when she was nine. Her love of storytelling and scriptwriting led her to the BA Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Nottingham.


Lottie enjoys interacting with students in a friendly and approachable way. Born and educated in Paris in the French system until she was eighteen, she is fluent French speaker and understands the additonal challenges of studying in a new country and the importance of feeling supported and welcome.

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Lincoln Ascott - Course Leader: Filmmaking Certificate

Lincoln leads our Filmmaking Certificate and will be your point of contact for any questions, queries or requests related to this course. He has a wealth of technical and creative knowledge that he shares with his students to enhance their filmmaking journey. The Filmmaking Certificate provides the perfect launchpad for your career into the film industry, giving you an invaluable grounding in the basic principles of filmmaking.

Lincoln joined LFA following a degree in Fine Art, a postgraduate Diploma in Cinematography and a Masters degree in Cinematography from the National School of Film and Television. He has shot many documentaries and promotional videos and has worked on a range of award-winning shorts. As Director of Photography his first feature film 'Sugar Sugar' won the best newcomer award at the Raindance Film Festival.

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Adam Seers - Course Coordinator: Short Courses

As our Course Coordinator, Adam ensures the smooth delivery of all our short courses, and is a key member of the Diploma team. Adam personifies our vision to provide a personable and friendly experience during your time at the academy and knows our programmes inside out. He is on hand to answer any questions and point you in the right direction to find a course that suits your ambitions. Adam is also the person to contact for your bespoke training needs.  

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Aaron Leech - Marketing Coordinator

Aaron helps expand our audience around the globe. He is responsible for maintaining the creative aspects of the brand, organising events, and sharing the latest news across our web/social media channels.

Aaron’s background started in brand production, working with a range of clients from TV to hospitality – They include: Bafta, BBC, ITV, KPMG and many more.

Aaron’s first interaction with the London Film Academy was back in 2009 when he took a short filmmaking course during one of his university summers. Cut to nearly 10 years later and he is now a permanent member of the team!

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Nicholas Sarnella - Admissions Coordinator

Nicholas is the first point of contact for all potential applicants and visitors to the academy.

With a background in logistics and a BA and MA in Film Studies from Kings College London, Nicholas aims to deliver astute guidance to all those with a passion to explore the medium of film at the LFA.

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George Sabapathy - Post Production Coordinator

George has been working for major broadcasters across genres for over 10 years in post production, both in support and as an editor.  Though obsessed with technical detail, it is narrative storytelling that he’s most enthusiastic about.

With experience on location and behind the scenes, his claim to fame is that he once stood in for Karen Gillan. The resemblance is startling, he is still stopped regularly in the street for autographs.

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Alastair Train - Equipment Coordinator

Alastair is a former diploma graduate from the London Film Academy, since finishing the course Alastair has been working as a freelance filmmaking making video commercials for various companies, along with recently writing and directing his own project “Osteopathy”, he returns to LFA to offer support and guidance to the newer diplomas. 



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