Richard Moore

Jury President - Filmmaker

Richard Moore has extensive experience in the film and television industries as a festival artistic director, a curator, an executive producer and documentary filmmaker. Richard is well known to film audiences for his time as Executive Director and head programmer of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF ) between 2006 -2010.

During his tenure he introduced a co-financing market, 37 South, and a new film investment fund- the MIFF Premiere fund. As a festival director and head programmer Richard also invigorated the Brisbane International Film Festival, (2010 – 2012) via new partnerships with international festivals and the commissioning of original programming including tributes to the Australian surf movie and the Spaghetti Western.

As a programmer Richard is active with a variety of film projects including recently introducing the Hot Docs franchise into the Australian market in partnership with Palace Films.

Prior to film festival world Richard was the Executive Producer of TV Arts at ABC TV, an independent documentary producer, SBS TV Series Producer of the weekly magazine programme Imagine and worked as a producer for the indigenous magazine program, ICAM.

He has been awarded accolades for his cultural endeavours including a special award for contribution to Australian culture for the arts discussion program, Critical Mass, from the Australian National University, Centre for Humanities in 2003 and in partnership with the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Voltaire award, for his stance on independent and free speech against Chinese interference during the 2009 film festival.

Melanie Mackintosh

Casting Director

Melanie Mackintosh's career began in '93, working with Kylie and Danni Minogue’s Management team. She moved over to casting a year later and quickly established herself as a leading casting Director in Melbourne. Having worked at both Chameleon and Mullinars on various film, television and commercial projects, she decided in 2006 that it was time to take the leap and open the doors to her own company.

Mackintosh Casting's recent credits include 'Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia', 'The Future is Expensive' for the ABC comedy showroom, 'The Beast' for Eddie Perfect & Simon Phillips and she has cast over 1000 TVCs equating to tens of thousands of auditions. She has worked with many award winning directors including Gia Coppola, Emma Freeman, Patrick Hughes, Nick Ball and Matthew Saville.

Mel is a proud member and driving force behind establishing the Casting Guild of Australia has been an Executive Committee member since 2013.

She recently launched; Australia’s first and only online resource directory for actors. Melanie believes in empowering Artists to help them make informed decisions for their careers.

Howard Fine

Artistic Director, Howard Fine Acting Studios

Voted ‘Best Acting Teacher in LA’ by BackStage magazine (in a strictly one-time-only award), Howard Fine has built an unshakeable reputation as one of the most gifted acting teachers of his generation. Unique among his contemporaries, Howard is an award-winning acting coach, an award-winning author on acting and is the head of an award-winning acting studio.

During his 30 year career he has personally coached many of the world’s most notable, recognisable and decorated actors, including Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Michelle Williams, Salma Hayek, Bradley Cooper, Simon Baker, Rosanna Arquette, Brooke Shields, Mark Harmon, Kim Delaney, Sela Ward, Michael Chiklis, Chris Pine, Carla Gugino, Gerard Butler, Justin Timberlake, Dwayne Johnson, Val Kilmer and Amy Smart.

As a lover of the craft, the art, and ultimately the powerful magic of acting, Howard is one of the few elite acting experts who has devoted his primary career to perfecting the teaching and coaching of professional actors. As the Creative Director of two permanent studios in the USA and Australia, Howard Fine splits his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne.

Scott Major

Australian actor & current Director on 'Neighbours’

Scott has worked extensively in television, theatre and film around the world for the last 28 years. He is a writer, actor, director and producer. Some of his regular television roles include Heartbreak High, Wildside, Neighbours, Always Greener and Late for School. Film credits include: Envy, He Died With a Falafel In His Hand, Ned and The Heartbreak Kid.

He founded Bathroom Floor Productions in 2004 and his recent theatre work includes All this Intimacy, Both Sides of the Bar, The Fellatio Monologues, Death in a box: one pussy’s tale, The Subtle Art of Flirting, Closer, Terminus and Salt.

He has been directing on Neighbours for the last 5 years and is also a director and founder of Poppy Seed Theatre Festival.

Julie Kalceff


Julie Kalceff is an award-winning writer, director and producer and a graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School with a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting.

Julie is the creator, writer, director and a producer of the international hit multi-platform drama Starting From Now. Attracting both critical and popular acclaim, the series is one of Australia’s most successful multi-platform projects. It has amassed over 70 million views, been watched in over 230 countries, and was sold to broadcast television in Australia. Starting From Now has played on the global festival circuit, winning multiple awards. With Starting From Now, Julie went against the online comedy trend and created a web series model which is now used as a case-study around the world.

Julie received development funding through Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiative for half-hour drama series Torn. Most recently, she was commissioned by the ABC to write and direct First Day, a stand-alone television episode about a 12 year-old transgender girl starting high school.

Alexander Hipwell

Digital Producer & Strategist

Alexander has been involved in developing the web series industry in Australia and overseas since 2010, working on multiple productions in Australia and the USA.

Currently, Alexander is consulting and working with a range of clients including start-ups, development companies and professional organisations. Alexander lecturers in the RMIT Master of Media program with a focus on web series development and production.

Anna Dzenis

Lecturer in Screen Studies

Anna Dzenis lectures in the Screen Studies program at La Trobe University where she teaches world cinema, screen criticism, post cinema, screen history and screen theory.

She is co-editor of the online journal Screening the Past, and has published essays in Senses of Cinema, Screening the Past, Lola, Real Time, Metro, The Conversation, 24 Frames: Australia and New Zealand, The Oxford Companion to Australian Film, and The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Films. Her research focuses on the nexus between cinema, photography and screen memory, and she is currently working on several essays on the photofilmic in the film and photographic work of Tracey Moffatt.

Christopher Kirby

US/Australian Actor

Best known to international audiences as “Mauser” from The Matrix trilogy of films, Christopher Kirby began his career in his native USA before moving to Australia in the late 1990’s and has a long list of varied Film, TV and more recently web series roles to his name, both here and in America.

Chris’ web series credits include Incognita Enterprises' Speaking Daggers and Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two), for which Chris won Best Lead Actor at the 2017 Austin Web Fest (USA) and Best Actor in a Drama at the 2017 Baltimore New Media Web Fest (USA), as well as recently completing filming as one of the ensemble cast of Wolf Creek (Season 2) now streaming on Stan.

Some of his most notable roles include that of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Iron Sky, Neighbours, Daybreakers and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Heather Gill

National Film & Sound Archive Curator

Heather Gill is the curator for short films, web series and home movies at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).

Heather has worked in the arts and cultural sector for 15 years, with 8 of them spent at the NFSA. Her role includes selecting films for archiving that represent Australia's audiovisual heritage and reflect what Australians are creating and consuming. She also explores the existing holdings to look for ways to engage audiences with the national audovisual collection, particularly online.

Passionate about social history, she finds film to be a wonderful medium for exploring Australia’s society and culture and loves how web series are continuing to open up opportunities to tell a more diverse range of stories.

John Cabrera

American writer, director, former actor

John Cabrera is a writer, director, and former actor. With over a decade of experience in the industry, he has developed many projects for major Hollywood studios and networks, including Legendary Pictures, Warner Brothers, Universal, and SyFy. John has focused much of his work as a writer on the emerging Web Media space. From 2008 to 2012, he wrote and produced the award-winning digital series H+, which was created at Warner Brothers under the guidance of Bryan Singer. His current project, August One, is an alt-history storyworld in which the Roman Empire never fell. It is currently in development for the premium web-series platform Blackpills.

Dean Haglund

Canadian actor, writer, comedian and visual artist

Canadian actor, writer, comedian and visual artist, Dean Haglund is probably best known for his ten seasons playing Richard “Ringo” Langly, one of the “The Lone Gunmen” from the hit series The X-Files, and The X-Files spin off, The Lone Gunmen, both for Fox Television. Dean has also appeared in a string of films and TV series including Bones, The Commish, Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years, Sliders, V.I.P., Tom Sawyer and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids: The TV Show, among others, most recently Executive Producing and starring in the documentary The Truth is Out There, as well as the feature film The Lady Killers. Dean’s writing credits include the TV movie Never A Dull Moment and the Canadian sitcom Channel 92. His most recent appearance in the digital series realm was as “Iago” in the award-winning Australian web series Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two).
Currently, Dean co-hosts the Chillpak Hollywood Hour podcast, where he discusses all things Hollywood with independent filmmaker Phil Leirness, as well as continuing with his writing, acting and visual arts careers.

Brett Sleigh

ABC TV Executive Producer Entertainment & Specialist

An RMIT Screenwriting graduate, Brett’s background includes four seasons in the Blue Heelers script department and writing and performing in numerous comedy festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Prior to joining ABC, Brett was at SBS Television, working across their slate of feature film, drama, animation and comedy titles, including the second series of Wilfred.

Since joining the ABC, Brett has been involved in the development and production of wide range of drama and comedy titles including The Slap, Cliffy, Please Like Me, Jack Irish, Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts Lane, Barracuda, Seven Types of Ambiguity, Riot, Get Krack!n’, Glitch, Rosehaven and the forthcoming drama series, Pine Gap.

Katia Nizic

Producer, Generator Pictures

Katia Nizic is a producer at Generator Pictures, graduating from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (Producing) in 2012. She worked as Producer's Assistant to Sue Maslin of Film Art Media from 2013 - 2016 across all projects, including The Dressmaker. She has a background in writing, editing, and publishing and recently completed a Producers' Attachment on SBS drama series, Sunshine.

Between 2012 and 2015, Katia produced six short films, of which Violent Florence had its World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival (2014) and toured dozens of festivals internationally, including Melbourne International Film Festival (2014).

Her recent half-hour documentary Paper Trails, about the life and work of Anne Deveson, premiered at the 2017 Antenna Documentary Film Festival and was broadcast on ABC TV’s Compass. The film’s Director Sari Braithwaite also won the 2018 Australian Director’s Guild Award for Best Standalone Documentary.

Homecoming Queens, which she produced in 2017, was the first online commission for SBS On-demand and released to rave reviews in April 2018.

Katia is currently in development with producer Emma Dockery on the feature film adaptation of Charlotte Wood’s critically acclaimed and bestselling novel, The Natural Way of Things

Warwick Holt


Warwick is a highly experienced, award-winning screenwriter, who’s written for many of Australia’s top comedians and presenters. His 7 part series Bruce, a black sitcom about Australia’s first convicts co-written with Mat Blackwell and directed by Tony Rogers, launched online in 2016, and has won over 20 awards worldwide, including Best Comedy and Best Writing (Comedy) from the International Academy of Web Television, Best Drama at the Australian Online Video Awards, and Best Screenplay at Melbourne WebFest.

Warwick’s been employed since 2012 as a Writer and Web Producer for Network Ten’s nightly news and entertainment show The Project, writing jokes, sourcing stories, scripting content, and running the show’s website. Warwick began writing professionally in 2004 on the ABC’s The Glass House, before moving on to The Sideshow and Good News Week for five years, during which he won five AWGIE Awards.

Warwick wrote, produced, directed and created the music for several documentaries, most notably 2000’s The Phandom Menace, the story of the impact of the first Star Wars prequel on Australia’s biggest fan club, which gained global DVD distribution.

Tess Meyer


Tess Meyer is a screenwriter and creative development producer who deals in big dreams and bigger nightmares, creating across genre and form from animated family entertainment to live action sci-fi thrillers, crime and high-stakes drama.

By day she’s at Flying Bark Productions working across their full development slate of animated feature films and TV series. Independently, she creates, writes, develops, and produces with world-class Australian filmmakers. 2017 brought with it the release of her award-winning feature-length project, Skinford, on Blackpills in Europe, VICE in the US and SBS Viceland in Australia, as well as the international release of the pilot for VR series Remember. Tess was selected for the 2017 SPA Ones To Watch Program under the mentorship of showrunner Vicki Madden and is now in development on a slate of new feature, TV series and VR projects.

Tess works for audiences who live for high concept narratives, love escaping into a world where they know anything can and will happen, and who demand to be surprised when it does.

Chloe Reeson

Writer and editor

Chloë Reeson is a non-binary writer and editor raised in Queensland. Their fiction and essays have appeared with publications such as The Lifted Brow, Yen Magazine, Stilts, Overland, Voiceworks, and Bumf. They have also served as Fiction and Comics editor for online magazine, Scum. In 2017 they were the runner-up in the State Library of Queensland’s Young Writers award and have previously been shortlisted for the Rachel Funari prize for fiction, QUT postgraduate writing prize, and the Monash University undergraduate writing prize.

In 2014 they were diagnosed with breast cancer and since then have taken a particular interest in representing diverse bodies and gender identity in their work. They are currently working on a memoir manuscript about their experience of where medicine and gender intersect. Homecoming Queens is their first screen credit.

Nik Kacevski


Nik Kacevski has an extensive background in film, visual effects and animation; having worked on feature films such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Australia, Happy Feet 2, Gods of Egypt and The Avengers. His feature-length debut SKINFORD, which he wrote and directed, premiered on Vice Land and is currently streaming internationally on the BLACKPILLS platform. His follow up, SKINFORD: CHAPTER TWO is in post-production, also due to be released on the BLACKPILLS platform in 2018. He is attached to direct a science fiction drama later in the year, produced by Phoenix Pictures and Deeper Water Films and has partnered up with producing partner Chris Seeto to develop and produce scripts that strive to push creative and technical boundaries. Nik is represented by Echo Lake Entertainment and Paradigm Talent Agent.

Sue Turnbull


Sue Turnbull is Senior Professor of Communication and Media at the University of Wollongong and Discipline Leader for the Creative Industries. Her publications include The TV Crime Drama (Edinburgh University Press 2014) and Media and Communications in Australia with co-editor Stuart Cunningham (Allen and Unwin 2014). She is Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council grant: Border Crossings: The Transnational Career of the TV Crime Drama (DP 160102510). Sue also reviews crime fiction for the Fairfax press and is Ambassador for Sisters in Crime, Australia. She is currently developing a research project on the value of the web series to the screen industries.

Enzo Tedeschi


A versatile filmmaker, Enzo is recognised among his peers as a prolific and innovative Producer, Director, Writer and Editor. Over the last 10 years, Enzo Tedeschi co-produced the hit indie feature documentary Food Matter (2008), which has become synonymous around the world alongside its follow-up Hungry For Change (2012) as benchmarks in the wellbeing industry.

Enzo joined forces with Julian Harvey to write, produce and edit the horror feature film The Tunnel (2011)– a project whose innovative approach to funding and distribution saw it hit international cinema screens despite being crowdfunded and simultaneously given away for free online. The film reached a global audience of 15 million, and garnered Enzo and Julian the Screen Producers Association of Australia Award for Breakthrough Independent Producers Of The Year in 2011.

Most recently, Enzo produced Skinford (2017), Skinford Chapter Two (2018), and Pet Killer (2018) as well as making his theatrical feature film debut as a Director with Event Zero (2017). Enzo is also writing, producing and directing several licensed and original interactive VR projects as part of his slate for 2018 and beyond.

Stayci Taylor


Dr Stayci Taylor is an Industry Fellow with the Media Program at RMIT University where she teaches screenwriting and online media. Her research and publications focus mainly on script development, screenwriting practice, web series, gender and comedy. Recently she co-edited a special issue on script development for the Journal of Screenwriting. She has an ongoing professional practice as a screenwriter, script editor and story consultant, with a comedy feature in development with the New Zealand Film Commission. Her screenwriting credits include 9 seasons of an award winning bilingual NZ soap, and a primetime sitcom.

Beatrix Holland

Content Strategist

Beatrix is a content strategist who specialises in working with screen projects. With Matt Atkins, she runs Melbourne-based ScreenHerd, a consultancy providing marketing strategy and support, and sales packaging to titles from Australia and New Zealand.

Recent projects include social and influencer strategy and execution for both The Dressmaker and Dance Academy: The Movie. Away from the screen industry, she has collaborated with brands including Medibank, Australia Post, Telstra, Kmart, Intrepid Travel, and The Good Guys.

Before focusing on marketing, she worked across production, development, and funding for screen organisations including the London Film Festival, MIFF, Film Victoria, and Eyeworks Television.
Previous speaking engagements include General Assembly, the ICAA Conference, Open Channel, and Melbourne Web Festival, as well as guest lectures and presentations at La Trobe University, RMIT, and VCA. She also co-organises ContentMelb, Melbourne's monthly gathering of content professionals.

Lanita Ririnui


Lanita Ririnui is a creative native storyteller of Māori & Cook Islands descent (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāpuhi, Kuki Āirani). She is a co-founder & director of Through The Fire Ltd, she is an independent producer, director, writer, presenter/MC.

Lanita co-produced the very first interactive site showcasing stories of Poi in Aotearoa, which led to special presentations and panel talks on VR & Digital Media at ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto, Canada & Māorilands Film Festival, NZ as well as a special presentation at Wairoa Film Festival NZ. The site featured in VR digicades at Halifax Film Festival, also includes multi-award winning webseries 'Poi - Hopes and Dreams', which was selected for film festivals around the world (including Best New Media/Webseries at the Los Angeles International Film Series, Best webseries at Canada Diversity Film Festival, Winner Inspirational Series at Best Shorts Competition, Best Documentary at Top Shorts Online Film Festival and Best Factual Series & Cinematography at NZWebfest).

She is currently producing a Pasifika Dance 360 short film, 'Fangirl' for the NZ Film Commission and in development for the very first Te Reo Māori 360 short film trilogy, 'Poipoiā'.

Paul Ayre


Paul is a writer/actor from Sydney Australia. Paul has worked in a number of productions in the ABC including the lead in the series BedHead, in the International Digital Emmy Award winning series #7DaysLater and has appeared in Legally Brown, House of Hancock and Wham Bam Thankyou Ma’am. He toured internationally with The Umbilical Brothers through Australia, Europe and Scandinavia in 2016.

Paul has trained with LA masters Larry Moss, Howard Fine, Elizabeth Kemp, Jean-Louis Roderiguez and Carol Rosenfeld. Paul has written two plays “Grave Intentions” and “In the Air Tonight” and dozens of sketches online – the biggest of which hit 36 million views in a week. His sketches are released through his company Severe Comedy. His webseries The Justice Lease earned a $70,000 first prize in the online awards and picked up multiple awards at the Immortal Melbourne Web Fest.

He’s presently writing the stories for Australia’s Drunk History and is currently pitching pilots in the US.

Madeleine Dyer


Madeleine has been writing, directing and producing short-form content for many years, for various online platforms. She's written and directed various short films, Tv pilots and concept reels, notably 'Casa Del Crip,' a collab with the late comedian Stella Young, that was nominated for the AACTA Social Shorts comedy competition, 'Love Sick' that was a Tropfest finalist for the 'Save The Script' competition and 'Neighbourhood Wars' that won best short film at Capricorn Film Festival and screened at Cannes Short Film Corner, among other festivals. She wrote and directed 'Sexy Herpes', a 6x10 min web series that has been acquired by Channel Nine, Virgin and streaming platform Revry, and it's had a solid festival run screening in many different countries. On the horizon is her new online series 'Blood Sisters,' set up in FNQ, that is currently in development and supported by Screen Aus/Screen QLD. Her production company, Mad Dan Productions has raised $100K in private funding for her feature film, Once We Were Here, that is also in development. Madeleine has just completed a four month director attachment with Rachel Griffiths on her film, 'Ride Like a Girl'.

Ben Timony


Ben Timony has been working in the Australian Film and Television industry for over 10 years as one of the country’s most sought after Behind the Scenes Directors and Stills Photographers. When he’s not on set working on acclaimed productions such as Ja’mie: Private School Girl, Rake or Please Like Me, you will catch Ben directing world class music videos or working as an award winning editor. Most recently Ben co-created, produced, directed, shot and edited his Screen Australia funded project These New South Whales - an 8 part comedy series dubbed “the best mockumentary since Spinal Tap” by Monster Children.

Steve Baker


Steve Baker is a multi-award winning filmmaker working in both the live action and animated mediums. He’s best known for his ability to write and direct stories that shimmer with a bittersweet sensibility and razor sharp humour.
Steve’s achievements include over 40 local and international awards, including winning the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest, as well as an AFI Award for Best Short Animated Film. He’s directed segments for the Emmy Award winning hitRECord on TV, which included working with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson, and been featured in Shots Magazine - Directors to Watch in Australasia. Steve has just finished his first web series, ‘THIS IS DESMONDO RAY!’ a follow up to his online cult hit, ‘The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray’, which premiered at SXSW.

Shakara Walley


Shakara Walley comes from the Bunuba & Jaru (Kimberley) from her mother’s side and Bindjareb (Nyoongar) from her father’s side. She graduated from the Aboriginal Theatre course at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2007. In 2013 she graduated from SAE Institute with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production. Shakara worked in theatre, ranging from acting, writing, directing and producing from 2007 through to 2016. She was the indigenous producer for the opening productions The Giants, 2015 and Home, 2016 for the Perth International Arts Festival.
Shakara participated in the Indigenous Producers Initiative with Screen Australia in 2016 and also worked as the Producer’s attachment on the feature film Jasper Jones. Shakara is the producer, co-writer and creator of the webseries ‘Aussie Rangers’ through ABC and Screenwest initiative Screenshots. Shakara has co-produced the documentary series, Nyoongar Footy Magic, about 24 Nyoongar Australian Football Players. She is the WA Co-Producer on the Mystery Road TV series. She was recently a recipient of the Screenwest Emerging Producers Initiative.

Chris Thompson


Chris Thompson is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer.

Over the last 10 years, Chris has worked across advertising, film and television, and co-owns a production company.

Producing the 10x10 digital short-form series, “Patricia Moore” is Chris’ proudest achievement to date. Distributed by Blackpills, the series had its world premiere in May at Series Mania France and has been selected to screen in festivals around the world.

Chris focuses on telling stories about the uniqueness of Australia, both its characters and landscape - either through horror or comedy, or when the timing is right - both.

Australians are great storytellers, and Chris feels that right now is the perfect time to be making content. The world is screaming for fun, smart, digestible stories, and new distribution platforms and pathways mean you can get your story out to the world.

Sam Lingham

Head writer, Aunty Donna

Sam Lingham is the head writer, stage director and finance manager for Aunty Donna. He likes eating KFC and doesn't have a proper head shot.

Clare Sladden


Clare Sladden is an award winning screenwriter and filmmaker, whose first screenplay, Always the Dressmaker, was a finalist in the prestigious Cinestory Fellowship in 2014. Since then, Clare’s debut short film, Consent, which she wrote, directed & produced, has screened nationally and internationally, and has been awarded an IndieFest Award of Excellence, a Gold Remi, and the WIFT Award at FreshFlix/Vivid. As a screenwriter, Clare’s feature, Broken Head, won the inaugural Byron Bay Film Festival International Screenplay Competition, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowship, and was selected to attend the 2016 Cinestory Fellowship Retreat, where Clare was mentored by Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Meg LeFauve (Inside Out). Clare's half-hour comedy/drama, The Lead, is through to the final round of judging for the 2018 Sundance episodic Lab; she was awarded a place in a Goalpost Pictures writers room, through Screenworks Inside the writers room program; and her web series, Freudian Slip, which she wrote, directed and produced, starring Benjamin Law, James Mason and Caitlin Hill was released in March 2018, and received over 10K views on Youtube in the first week of its release, and is now at over 30K views across Youtube and Facebook.

Erin Good


Erin Good is an award-winning writer and director represented by RGM Artists. Her work has been selected for over 30 national and international film festivals. She has won 12 Australian and international awards specifically for her directing work and has been nominated for many more including an Australian Director’s Guild Award in 2014 for The Wonderful and in 2018 for Jade of Death.

Jade of Death (6 x 10” or 1 x 60”) was nominated for 11 awards at the International Academy of Web Television in LA and won 4 awards including Best Series, Best Director and Best Ensemble Cast. In 2016 I was one of handful of directors selected from around the world for the Berlinale Talent Campus at the Berlin International Film Festival, and the series was one of ten projects selected for the Berlinale Project Lab. Jade of Death premiered this year in Australia at the Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival, and has just been selected as one of 16 independent television pilots for official competition at SeriesFest. The next instalment of the series is in development with ABC and Screen Australia and I’m excited to be co-writing this time with frequent collaborator Huna Amweero.

Susan Bye

Education programmer, ACMI

Susan Bye is an education programmer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. At ACMI she is involved in building programs for students and teachers that foster creative and critical engagement with the moving image. She creates a range of moving image resources for teachers and students, supports the teaching of film as text to secondary school students and builds dynamic connections between ACMI’s world-class exhibitions and the education audience. Susan has published widely in the field of film, television and the media and is currently co-editing the Companion to Australian Cinema with Dr Felicity Collins and Dr Jane Landman.

Philip Hayden

Studio Director, Howard Fine Acting Studio

Philip Hayden is the Director of the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia. Philip is extremely proud to champion the work of Howard Fine and the HFAS faculty, having led the organisation (in conjunction with his business partner Patrick Constantinou) since it began in 2011.

Philip graduated from drama school in 1999. Since which time Philip has been a career actor, theatre maker, producer and director. Amongst many television, film and theatre appearances Philip has performed leading roles on London's West End, in classic HBO drama Band of Brothers, in the hit Stan show Romper Stomper, been a semi regular on children's television for the BBC and for award-winning Australian theatre company Red Stitch.

Outside of performing Philip is also one of the founders and Directors of the Poppy Seed Theatre Festival. A Pioneering festival designed specifically to support mid-career and emerging theatre makers in Melbourne.

Penelope Chai


Penelope is an award-winner writer who writes across different genres including drama, comedy-drama, action-adventure and science fiction. Her produced credits include Other People’s Problems (2017 ABC series co-written with Jane Dickenson; Series Mania, Berlin International Film Festival), She was She (short film; MIFF 2014, AWGIE nominated) and Love & Fury (2013 ABC documentary co-written with John Hughes; AWGIE nominated).

Cinderella Must Die, an action-adventure she co-wrote with Matteo R. Bernardini, won the Australians in Film Gateway LA Screenwriting Fellowship (2017) and the Script Pipeline Grand Prize (2016). Mary, Mary, a dystopian sci-fi co-written with Adam Spellicy, won the Monte Miller AWGIE Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay (2016) and the John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science Fiction Writing for Best Unproduced Screenplay (2015).

Penelope is a recipient of a City of Yarra Arts Residency for The Punt Road Project (2014) and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship (2013), and was part of Film Victoria’s Catapult Lab (2012). Her short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies, and she’s twice been shortlisted for the City of Melbourne Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Award.

She is currently collaborating with writer/director Corrie Chen on Empty Empire, a feature film set in an ‘empty’ city inspired by Ordos in China, as well as writing a feature screenplay called No More Nice Girls, about a real-life feminist protest at the Ladies Home Journal, and completing a Film Victoria Writers Placement on Season 4 of Nowhere Boys (Matchbox/ABC).

Ivey Kim


Ivey KIM (Hyeongsub KIM) is a Korean director, cinematographer and producer, and the creator of the web series Counting Mx. Gye. He has an extensive professional background working in short film and web drama, branded and commercial online content, and has worked with a number of large corporate clients, including LG, Hyundai, and Warner Music.

Ivey is the founder of two production companies, MAKETH and Hyung Media, which produced Counting Mx. Gye. The series was made as an “oksusu original” web drama. Oksusu is a mobile media and video-on-demand (VOD) service generating content from 115 different channels. The platform is integrated with the internet provider SK Broadband’s mobile television broadcasting service and the popular VOD platform ``Hoppin.``

Lucy Campbell


Lucy Campbell is a writer, director and producer from Adelaide, South Australia, and a co-founder of Sharptooth Pictures. She has written and directed a number of short films that have screened and won awards at national and international festivals, co-produced indigenous short ‘Konya’ for the South Australian Film Corporation and is currently in development with the SAFC and Arclight Films with her first feature screenplay, ‘Automaton’. Her pilot TV script for ‘The Big Nothing’ was shortlisted for the Australian Writers Guild’s Pathways program, and in 2018 she was commissioned by Every Cloud Productions to write the pilot for their VR component to ABC iView’s ‘Deadlock’. Along with her own projects she has worked as a script editor on ‘Wolf Creek’ Season 2 and script coordinator on various TV shows for Screentime and Matchbox Pictures. She is the co-creator, co-writer and co-director of online series ‘The Big Nothing’.

Kallyo Malcher


Kallyo Malcher is a 21-year-old emerging filmmaker from Brazil. He is the creator of the web series Arena, which was a direct entry to Melbourne WebFest from Rio WebFest. Kallyo is studying Audiovisual (cinema) in University of Brasilia (Brazil), and he has made a number of short films before venturing into the web series format. He is a firm believer in the collaborative process of filmmaking I believe the key to success is team work and sympathy always. Currently, Kallyo is working on a project involving the new language created for audiovisual in games. This is his first time traveling to another country, and he is very excited about coming to Melbourne!

Natalie Edgar

ABC Channel Manager

Natalie Edgar is a Television and Digital Executive with over 17 years’ experience working within the creative industry. With previous experience working within large global organisations such as Turner and BBC Studios, Natalie is a passionate advocate for creative story-telling and building audience engagement.
In her current role as ABC’s Channel Manager, Natalie strategically manages the Programming for both linear and digital platforms, ensuring positive audience outcomes that drive reach performance and innovation.