Liz Harkman

Liz Harkman is a driven & enthusiastic creative consultant with a wealth of experience in running small charities and project consultancy within the screen and festival sector. She has a love of culture and the arts and a long term passion for film & festivals.

Liz has extensive knowledge and understanding of managing small not for profit organisations and has developed business and strategic skills working for small creative companies including as the Executive Director for Bristol Festivals, a network and development consultancy for festivals and live event organisations in Bristol, where she has introduced a training and development programme with a focus on sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion and well-being.

She regularly facilitates development meetings, hosts peer to peer support groups and provides professional mentoring with a focus on income generation, fundraising, crisis management, strategic development, governance, leadership, recruitment, financial management and most other aspects of running a small creative organisation.

Liz has developed the ability to work on multiple projects at the same time with excellent attention to detail, efficiency and time management skills. She works well both as part of a team and autonomously and has experience of working locally, nationally and internationally.

She lives in Bristol, UK with her husband and two sons.

Experience and Skills

  • Impact, Reporting & Evaluation
  • Event Production/Management
  • Project Management
  • Festival Producing/Directing
  • Short Film Programming
  • Festival Submission Strategies
  • Strategic Development
  • Research
  • Marketing & Audience Development
  • Volunteer Strategy & Management
  • Development & Fundraising (grants, trusts & foundations, sponsorship)
  • Fund application assessments (both UK and International)
  • Business Development
  • Financial Management
  • Bookkeeping


Thank you, you were so supportive this year, and through the whole project, and I’ve loved that you make me raise my game, by asking the difficult questions. You have really made sure that we’re evaluating this programme properly.

Annabel Grundy, Major Programmes Project Manager, Film Hub Midlands

“I had the chance to work with Liz for two years in the short film selection committee of the Locarno festival. In addition to her programming skills and her sensitive and precise look at the films that made up the selection, I noticed that Liz also had many skills and qualities concerning her knowledge of the economic constraints and the programming stakes of a festival. I was also able to discover British short films thanks to Liz’s research with emerging filmmakers.”

Charlotte Corchete, Head of Selection Committee, Locarno Film Festival 2020