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 www.thebizbook.com.au; 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

Writer/Director/Producer

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

John Cabrera

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.

Stayci Taylor

Screenwriter

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.

Sue Turnbull

Professor

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.