Steve Grossmith
Steve Grossmith

Co-Director

With nearly 15 years experience in marketing, PR and publishing, Steve is also the driving force behind the festival publication ‘Film Focus’. Always happy to have a chat and to dive deep into any conversation you will always find him approachable and full of enthusiasm. Steve also conducts the majority of the filmed sit down interviews that take place at each festival.

With a love of cinema and diverse films from all over the world, Steve really feels at home with filmmakers and loves finding out about how concepts came to life as he is fascinated about the stories behind the story (and also loves a glass of ice cold Leffe Beer!)

Alongside Dan, Steve has experience in over 20 independent film festivals and is thrilled to be bringing Fusion International Film Festivals to the circuit.

Dan Hickford
Dan Hickford

Co-Director

With a degree in Film Production and experience as a Journalist, Dan loves to be creative. He says: “I feel that I can live vicariously through filmmakers and enjoy the best of both worlds”.

Dan is the mind behind the attention to detail at the festivals and coordinates multiple aspects in the build up to each event and during the festival week.
You will see him at the Welcome Desk with a smile on his face and a memory for names that will blow you away!

Dan is also responsible for most of The Green Room intereviews- bringing his own style and questions to the platform.

With a passion for Independent Film and seeing New Talent, Dan is excited to meet many new creatives and see where their journey takes them.

Stephen Mina
Stephen Mina

Technical Director

With a passion for innovation, tech and making concepts a reality Stephen is a pivotal member of the Fusion Team. Having studied graphics he ventured into magazine design. It was here where he met Dan and Steve. With a shared love of film and supporting independent cinema joining Fusion was a natural and welcomed transition.

Stephen is responsible for multiple aspects within the festival such as webdesign, our wonderful Film Focus publication and filmed interviews. He is always on hand to assist those with technical questions.

Charlie Inder
Charlie Inder

Business Development Executive

Charlie, has joined the Fusion Team having briefly spent some time in the independent film festival circuit over the past couple of years.

With a passion for cinema and supporting filmmakers he is excited to see where his Fusion journey takes him. He said that he feels he has some ‘unfinished business’ and that the little taste he had for the industry left him wanting more. He is relishing the opportunity to continue learning as much as possible about the hardwork independent filmmakers go through and the importance of film festivals that can support them.

Charlie shares our ambitions, mentality and desire to truly make a difference and add value to the festival experiences of independent creatives. His primary role is to support company Co-Director Dan in the Business Development side of the festivals.

Stuart Watson
Stuart Watson

Festival Photographer

For Stuart, photography is all about capturing moments which tell a story, his photographic history is long and varied, beginning with film cameras and home made dark rooms.

His current work includes: product, event and promotional imagery; automotive and street photography and he is a regular contributor to a one-make motoring publication.

Film Festivals culminate in grand celebrations and emotional outpouring, all of which are planned for and frozen in digital time. But Stuart also spends a great deal of time photographing the events which take place in the days before the award ceremonies involving everyone who attends the Festivals.

Awards Night Hosts

Melissa Clements
Melissa Clements

Melissa Clements is an award winning film and stage actress. She trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and ArtsEd London.

Melissa has produced and performed in two short comedy/drama films, Cold Reader and The Date. For Cold Reader she won the Best Actress award at The London Ealing Film Awards. She’s also appeared in several commercials and TV idents.

Melissa has toured in UK and International stage productions and performed in several plays as part of repertory theatre seasons.

Melissa also works as an ADR and dubbing voice artist on television series.

Bob Dobson
Bob Dobson

As an actor, Bob has performed in many theatre productions, most recently appearing for two seasons with Suffolk Summer Theatre. He has also featured in several TV programs and some smaller roles on film. He is also one half of renowned comedy duo ‘Bob and Jim’ appearing several times on BBC Radio 4 as well as Channel 4 and BBC 2. He has hosted several comedy events around London and was the resident host of the ‘Sitcom Competition’, an industry sponsored event searching for new sitcom writers for British TV. Alongside this he has guest hosted several charity award evenings most recently for the Dennis Wise Charity Foundation. He currently writes comedy shorts and sitcoms alongside performing and also works a producer for the Associated Press Entertainment department in the London office.

Festival Ambassadors

Colin Graham
Colin Graham
Laura Graham
Laura Graham

Colin and Laura Graham are Writers, Directors Producers, Editors and Self Shooters with a background in Industry, Project Management Strategic Development and Law.

Founders of Coviro Productions Ltd, a boutique production house that undertakes corporate and private commissions as well as filming short films, documentaries and art installations. They specialise in telling unique stories of ordinary people living extraordinary lives.