Judges

MEET THE JUDGES

'BEST GRADUATE FILM'  & 'BEST DIRECTOR' AWARD JUDGES

DEFRIM ISAI

 

Defrim Isai is an independent film and digital producer with over 20 years within the film and TV industry. Until recently he held the position of Director Production Investment at ScreenWest (SW) General Manager Development and Investment at the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) as well as an extensive resume and major accomplishments within the government and private sectors of the film industry across three States.
 Queensland represents the genesis of his career and includes the production of a number of features (Blurred, Under the Radar), exhibition and theatrical presentation, screen sector and creative development as well as an wide-ranging period as a Project Manager with the precursors of ScreenQueensland - FilmQld and The PFTC.
As a film agency developer he has negotiated and implemented high level financing and production deals resulted in the re-invigoration of both the production and creative sectors in the States he has worked. Significantly his last 12 months at ScreenWest resulted in the highest levels of production in Western Australia on record while in South Australia he designed and implemented the unique FilmLab low budget feature program for the SAFC which has resulted in South Australian filmmakers garnering awards and recognition on the international stage.
Defrim has significant hands-on producing, financing and development experience within the Australian industry as well as developing key relationships internationally especially with China, UK and US.

KIKI FUNG

Kiki Fung is former Head Programmer for Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) and its successor, Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF). She is currently Industry Consultant for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and was a member of APSA’s Documentary Nomination Panel in 2016. She has been a contributor for the Hong Kong International Film Festival and had been a member of the festival’s jury in 2016 and 2009 respectively. In addition to her official capacities, she has guest-curated for the Brisbane Festival and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and was Program Manager for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Before moving to Australia in 2010, she served at the Hong Kong Film Archive for seven years in areas of programme organisation, management and publication editing, having assisted in editing three volumes of Hong Kong Filmography, among others. She is a member of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) and the Hong Kong Film Critics Society; her film criticism has been published in books, film festival catalogues, Hong Kong newspapers and film magazines. 

 

AMAL BAGGAR

Amal Baggar is the Vice President of Content at Screen Queensland. Before this position she was based in Los Angeles where she worked for Ridley Scott’s company, Scott Free Productions, in West Hollywood for eight years and held different roles including Vice President and Creative Executive, Film Production and Development.
Co-producing Concussion starring Will Smith for Sony Pictures, Amal’s extensive experience includes collaborating with writers and directors in researching and developing projects and ideas, scouting new talent, script development, and working with independent financiers, film studios and television networks.
She also worked for Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills holding the position of Executive Assistant to Motion Picture Literary Agents, Tory Metzger and Maha Dakhil.

 

BEST SCRIPT AWARD JUDGE

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SHAYNE ARMSTRONG

Shayne Armstrong is an award-winning Australian film and TV screenwriter specializing in horror, thriller and science-fiction. As one half of the Armstrong & Krause screenwriting partnership (with SP Krause), whose credits include the feature films ACOLYTES (starring Joel Edgerton) and BAIT 3D, the Cartoon Network telemovie JOHNNY BRAVO GOES TO BOLLYWOOD and the telemovie and ongoing comedy-fantasy series EXCHANGE STUDENT ZERO, and the children’s TV sci-fi series and DOCTOR WHO spin-off K-9, Shayne is one of Australia’s leading genre screenwriters.
 
The partnership’s latest feature script, THE DARKNESS, co-written and directed by Greg McClean, (WOLF CREEK, WOLF CREEK 2) and starring Kevin Bacon for Blumhouse Films (INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, WHIPLASH) was released theatrically in the US and UK in mid 2016 and was released worldwide on home media and digital in 2017.
 
Along with his writing partner, Shayne is a two-time winner of the AWG’s John Hinde Award For Excellence In Science-Fiction and their sci-fi short script RARER MONSTERS won the award for Best Short Film Script at the AWGIES 2013. Shayne is a script consultant and a writer and creative consultant for Disney X-D (UK/Europe and US) and Cartoon Network (Asia-Pacific) and is currently the Queensland State Representative of the AWG and a member of the National Executive Council.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD JUDGE

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KATIE MILWRIGHT

Katie Milwright ACS is an award-winning Director of Photography and was recently the 9th Australian female cinematographer to be accredited by the ACS working across film, television, art and documentary. She has won 9 ACS awards for her work. Katie’s recent work includes feature films THREE SUMMERS (2017) for Director Ben Elton, THE SPACE BETWEEN (2016) and LOOKING FOR GRACE (2015). Katie won a 2016 Gold ACS Award for her work on ‘Looking for Grace’, which screened in competition at Venice Int. FF, Toronto Int. FF and had its Australian premiere at Adelaide Int. FF. In 2014, Katie shot the feature film SUCKER (2015). Her TV work includes PLEASE LIKE ME, LAID Series 2, and telemovie THE HEARTBREAK TOUR for SBS, for which she won a Silver ACS Award. Katie shot the feature film THE WEDDING PARTY (2010), which was nominated for best cinematography at the New York International Film Festival. For her photography on the feature CORROBOREE, which screened at festivals in Berlin, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne, Katie won a Gold ACS Award. Katie’s documentary work includes GURRUMUL(2017), ANATOMY SERIES: SKIN and UTOPIA GIRLS. Other work includes David Rosetzky’s installation CATE BLANCHETT MOVING PORTRAIT which screened at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and the ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Centre of Photography New York. She has also worked on many award winning short films and music videos, including CocoRosie’s LEMONADE which was nominated for Best Music Video at Cameraimage in Poland. Katie has just completed work on feature film “GUILTY” for visual artist Matthew Sleeth which will Premiere at this year’s Adelaide Film festival as part of the ‘Hive fund’.

 

BEST EDITOR AWARD JUDGE

KERRY FARRELL

Kerry.jpgA man who has spent two decades cutting, editing, paring down, driving the narrative, crafting and distilling down a thousand and one stories. With countless awards for both Editing and Visual FX and working on International Television Commercials, Documentaries and Films, Kerry’s career has been as diverse as it has been rewarding, recently being inducted into the BADC Hall of Fame.

 

BEST MUSIC SCORE JUDGE

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LOIC VALMY

Award winning composer, Loic Valmy is born in France in 1972. After starting his career as a songwriter and artistic director for the majors of the music industry, he fell in love with Cinema and decided to dedicate his life composing for films only. From 1995 to 2004, he composed for several European productions, feature films, documentaries and TV Series. In 2004, Loic moved to Australia with his wife and started to compose for the Australian film industry. Among the films he scored, 'The 4th Musketeer', 'World War II', 'A woman's Life', 'Girl Clock', and more recently 'House of Cards', '2 Degrees' and the environmental feature Documentary 'Rise of the Eco-Warrior'. For his work, Loic has received several prizes and awards. In 2013, 3 films he scored were selected for the Festival of Cannes and in December he received the ASIN Award for Best Composer (QLD).

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN AWARD JUDGE

MATTI CROCKER

Matti.jpgMatti Crocker has enjoyed an exciting and extensive career in Art Direction and Production Design for close to 2 decades.  Spanning Docu-Dramas for UK Television, Short Films, Music Videos, and Television Commercials  for Australia, UK, Japan, Asia and Scandanavia.  Matti’s Feature debut as Production Designer for “My Mistress”, comes after a long collaboration with Director Stephen Lance as Designer for his acclaimed collection of Short Films.  In 2013 Matti and Rebecca McElroy, started Bright Films co-writing/ directing and producing their debut documentary for ABC1,  “ABBA: Bang-a-Boomerang!” which was a massive ratings hit seen  by over 1.4 million viewers.

 

BEST SOUND DESIGN AWARD JUDGE

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DAVE CHAMPION

Dave Champion graduated at the Qld Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Sonology) and went straight to work as an in house engineer at Suite 16 music studios for the next 2 years. But the creative side of sound called strong and loud, landing him at The Voice Plant in 2000, specialising in post production audio for TV and Radio. In 2013 became a Company Director at The Voice Plant, and to date has mixed and edited well over 250 hours of long form TV and commercials (picking up some awards along the way).  

 

BEST MALE AND BEST FEMALE ACTOR AWARD JUDGES

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Catarina holds both Acting & Education degrees and works as a Director, Actor and Producer. In 2006 she formed independent company MadCat Creative Connections, focusing on work with 'unseen' artists. In 2011, Catarina was associate artist (Directing) QTC. Directing credits include; La Boite, QTC, NIDA, Bell Shakespeare and Black Swan theatre Company. Her film and TV Credits include Girl Clock, the Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Reef’n’Beef, the Down under Mystery Tour & K9. In 2015 she participated in the Women Directors’ Program with Melbourne Theatre Company, directing for QTC as well as assistant directing on her first Opera with OQ. Catarina currently holds the position of Youth and Engagement producer at La Boite and is looking forward to developing Look Mum… No Hands – the first show for indelabilityarts. Positions held: Creative Director of MadCat Creative Connections (Current), Co-Artistic Director Indel-ABILITY arts (Current), Women Directors’ Program Melbourne Theatre Company (2015), Creative Director; Harvest Rain’s Incubator Season (2015), Creative Associate QTC (2011).

 

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MARK EATON

Born and Educated in the UK, Mark trained in Business Management and Finance. His first employment was in the re-insurance industry working for a Marine and Aviation underwriter for Lloyd's of London. Seeking a creative outlet in the entertainment industry Mark enrolled with a Casting Agency in London, where he began regularly appearing in Feature Films, Television Series and Television Commercials.
In 1994 Mark moved to Australia and established a Boutique Actor Management company representing Actors for both local and Interstate work. After a successful 5 years an opportunity then took Mark overseas where he worked with an Actor Management company in based in Dusseldorf, Germany. Returning to Australia in 2002 Mark launched the concept Actor Management Company, Ego Management. With offices located in Brisbane and Sydney Ego Management now represents Actors for work in all major Film and Television productions produced in Australia and Overseas.
The challenging role of CEO in one of Australia's busiest Actor Management Companies successfully combines Mark's strengths of Business Management and Financial Control within an industry he is passionate about.

 

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SEAN HASEMANN 

Sean entered the industry first as an actor and acting coach; from here he followed his passion for developing the careers of young and emerging artists to working as an agent with Natalie Hall Management in 2008. Sean has been based in the Melbourne office since 2012 and works nationally with the team to ensure that our clients have the best representation available. Bringing strong business management experience from various fields, and a strong passion for the arts industry, Sean plays a key role in the management of the agency, and the careers of each of our clients.

 

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