Our judges 



Esther Springer

Esther is an experienced and highly respected Head of Development in BBC Drama Production, London. She started her television career as a drama development executive at ITV/Carlton and since joining BBC Drama in 2003, she has worked on numerous series, serials and singles including Born and Bred, Survivors and Lark Rise to Candleford. With producer Deborah Sathe, Esther set up the EastEnders online spinoff E20. She developed The Fades with Jack Thorne, which won BAFTA best series in 2012. More recently Esther worked on the widely praised first series of BBC3 iPlayer Short Dramas and the acclaimed single BBC3 drama Murdered by My Boyfriend.


Lilla Hurst

Since 1995 Lilla has worked across all areas of television. Starting out in production at Burrundi Pictures in Australia in 1997 she returned to the UK to develop and sell ideas for the international market at British Pathe and from there she moved to TVF International heading up their documentary distribution team. In 2001 RDF (now Banijay) launched their Indie Producers Fund and Lilla joined to spearhead their acquisitions and co-production team. Then in  2004 she took on the role to create Channel 5’s co-production division and it was during her time there that she started to plan the international co-production business that she launched in 2008, Lillavision. Since then, the company has given birth to a new entity, Drive. Drive specialises in working with producers from start to finish – getting their shows into production and distributing them to media platforms all around the world.

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Henny Beaumont

Henny Beaumont is a director and founder of Hackney Shorts. She is a Graphic novelist, freelance illustrator and political cartoonist. Her political cartoons and animations have appeared in the Canary and The Morning Star as well many as other publications. She recently illustrated a children’s book about Lady Hale with Afua Hirsch due out in Oct 2019. She received an Arts council Award for her second graphic novel about poetry and was long listed for the Women Poets’ Prize. 
She has an Ma in fine Art printmaking from Camberwell college of art. 
She teaches Graphic Narrative memoir at the Better Health Centre in Hackney and is an MA supervisor at Kingston University. In addition, she is artist in residence for the Hay festival and Stoke Newington literary festival.
She has a long standing interest in animation and will be judging the animation category for Hackney Shorts for the first time this year.