Simon Field worked for many years as a freelance writer, lecturer on cinema and curator before becoming Director of Cinema at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1988. From 1996 until 2004 he was Director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He is currently a director, along with Keith Griffiths, of the UK based production company Illuminations Films. Illuminations Films were executive producers of the New Crowned Hope film series, which included films by Bahman Ghobadi, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Garin Nugroho, Tsai Ming-Liang and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. They are the producers, with Kick the Machine Films, of Apichatpong’s multi-platform “Primitive” project, combining a major installation, two short films and the feature Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2010. He is also a consultant to the Dubai International Film Festival.