Susan Stein

Susan Stein is judging the entries in our category for Experimental films. Susan was a camerawoman at the BBC for thirty years, a pioneer for women seeking to work in film and television at a time when the industry was dominated by men. She captured some of the defining images for major news stories around the world. Her many overseas assignments included the First Gulf War, and conflicts in Sarajevo, Kosovo, and Rwanda. She also covered the death of Nelson Mandela and the handover of Hong Kong to China, and worked undercover in North Korea. Her outstanding skills were recognised at the Women in Film & TV awards in 2017 when she was named winner in the category for News Camerawork.

Before joining the BBC, Susan studied for a BA at St Martin’s School of Art, followed by an MA in Environmental Media at the Royal College of Art.In the 1980s, she was workshop organiser for the ground-breaking London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, and made experimental short films with a 16mm camera. Her work has been screened at various festivals and in 2019 she was given a retrospective at the National Film Theatre.

Susan is now working on a number of video projects.