Jacob Engelberg - director & Programmer (2015-)

Jacob is the current Programmer of Eyes Wide Open Cinema. He has an academic background in film studies, queer theory and bisexual theory. Jacob currently works in cinema marketing and spends his spare time listening to podcasts and drinking Rioja.  



Khaliden is the Digital Marketer of Eyes Wide Open Cinema. He has an academic background focusing on Film Studies, Digital Media and online LGBTQ behaviour and is currently completing a PhD in Media & Culture Studies at the University of Sussex. He spends his spare time binge watching television shows, reading comics, cooking, and wishing he lived the life of Mariah Carey.


iman el kafrawi - communications co-ordinator

Iman is a Scottish-Egyptian hybrid based in Brighton. She is currently working in communications in the art sector and she is freelance arts/culture writer. Through her work, she seeks to provide a voice for those who don’t. When she is not writing, you can find her fuelling her coffee-addiction and reading.


chloe knight - administrator

Chloe is the Administrator of Eyes Wide Open Cinema. She has been working professionally in film and TV for two years and currently works in the camera department. When she's not running around on set you can find her scouring the shelves at Gays The Word or searching for the best pizza in London. 


Jonathan Hyde - Founder and Programmer (2012-2015)

Jonathan founded Eyes Wide Open Cinema in 2012 out of a desire to bring a regular queer film programme to the city of Brighton and Hove. He has a background in film exhibition and has worked with the film festivals Queer Lisboa and Queer Porto. Jonathan spends his spare time as a photographer, leatherworker, and admirer of Isabella Rossellini.