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 with internationally especially with  China, UK and US.
 

DAN LAKE

Dan Lake is Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Screen Queensland. He has more than ten years’ experience in the development, financing and production of film, television and factual projects. Dan has worked extensively at Brisbane-based Freshwater Pictures and on multiple TV productions including, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Real Housewives of Melbourne, Prank Patrol and Network Ten’s The Circle. His feature credits include comedy Subdivision, feature doco Frackman and Michael Rowe’s feature drama Early Winter. 


DAVID LISTER

David Lister has directed numerous critically acclaimed films and television drama series and he is a winner of 10 directing awards. He studied Fine Arts and worked in professional theatre where he was involved in 40 opera, ballet and drama productions. After graduating with first class honours from The London Film school he returned to South Africa to work as a film and television director. In a career spanning 40 years he has directed 16 cinema & telefeatures, 12 television drama series totaling 125 episodes, a 52 part puppet series and 63 documentaries commercials and corporate videos. His productions have been widely distributed internationally, appearing on SABC TV, Mnet, BBC TV, ITV, Disney, Fox, HBO, NBC, RTL2, and Sky. Eight of his films have been released theatrically in the US, UK, Ireland and South Africa.

Dean O'Flaherty

His work includes being a director of a number of short films, TVCS and music videos, and he has worked extensively as a writer for both print and screen.
 
In 2001, he launched the groundbreaking art house label Accent Film Entertainment where he acquired landmark films such as Gaspar Noe’s controversial IRREVERSIBLE, Michael Winterbottom’s 9 SONGS, Matthew Barney’s THE CREMASTER CYCLE and the French smash hit HUATE TENSION, as well as launching one of the first niche Gay and Lesbian DVD labels ACCENT QUEER.
 
He was Acquisitions and Marketing Manager for Arclight Films where he was associated with prestigious films such as Matthew Saville’s acclaimed Sundance selection NOISE, Jamie Blank’s STORM WARNING on which he was also Associate Producer, Emilio Estevez’s passionate Golden Globe Winner BOBBY, Roger Donaldson’s box office smash THE BANK JOB, Jennifer Lynch’s Cannes selection SURVEILLANCE and Richard Roxburgh’s ROMULUS MY FATHER starring Eric Bana.
 
In 2006, Dean executive produced the Cannes Un Certain Regard selected feature 2:37 which was also selected to Screen at Toronto International Film Festival and was the opening Night Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
 
In 2007, he joined KOJO as Head of Production and while there formed KOJO PICTURES DISTRIBUTION, some of his acquisitions have included the Palme D’or winning masterpiece 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS & 2 DAYS, Academy Award Nominee Scott Hicks GLASS: A PORTRAIT IN TWELVE PARTS, Tom Kalin’s SAVAGE GRACE starring Julianne Moore, Harmony Korine’s MR. LONELY, Pascal Logier’s horror sensation MARTYR’S, LITTLE ASHES starring Robert Pattison, Bruce La Bruce’s Sundance Selection OTTO; OR UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE and Belinda Chayko’s LOU starring Emily Barclay and John Hurt.
 
In 2008, Dean wrote and directed his first feature film BEAUTIFUL which has screened at numerous international festivals including ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SHANGHAI IFF, a Special Spotlight Screening at NEWPORT BEACH, LOS ANGELES, In Competition at BUSTER CHILDREN’S & YOUTH FESTIVAL DENMARK, LUND INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FF SWEDEN, SEOUL INTERNATION FF KOREA and TAILIN BLACK NIGHTS FF ESTONIA. The film has been released in over thirty territories including U.S.A, UK, JAPAN, CANADA, SPAIN, GERMANY, GREECE, ITALY, POLAND and FRANCE.
 
He currently works at UNICORN FILMS with renowned producer Lizzette Atkins as Development Manager where his slate includes a diverse mix of feature drama, TV drama and documentary features. Some of the Unicorn projects include Sue Brooks’ new film LOOKING FOR GRACE, AIM HIGH IN CREATION a hybrid documentary feature from Director Anna Broinowski, George Gittoes’ groundbreaking Afghanistan documentary SNOW MONKEY on which he was also Associate Producer, the feature drama WEDGETAIL from Director Greg Blakey on which he was also executive producer, WINTER AT WESTBETH from director Rohan Spong, Jeff Daniel’s documentary feature MOTHER WITH A GUN, END OF ANIMAL from director Eron Sheehan and NIGHTFLOWER, from David Scinto the writer of Sexy Beast.
 
Dean was also consulting producer on the Indie theatrical feature PLAY IT SAFE from director Chris Pahlow.


BEST SCRIPT AWARD JUDGE

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, 6 MIRANDA DRIVE , co-written and directed by Greg McClean, (WOLF CREEK, WOLF CREEK 2) and starring Kevin Bacon for Blumhouse Films (INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, WHIPLASH) will be released in 2016.

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

KATIE MILWRIGHT

Cinematographer Katie Milwright studied Film and Television at VCA, graduating in 1996.  With a view to becoming a Cinematographer, Katie worked for many years in camera department alongside world renowned DPs on Feature films that included “Japanese Story”, “Love’s Brother” and “Ned Kelly”. Katie's own impressive Cinematography Portfolio includes award winning work on short films, music videos, television and feature films.

Katie’s first feature film as Cinematographer, “Corroborree” for Director Ben Hackworth, was officially selected to screen at Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals and won a Gold award from the Australian Cinematographers Society.

Katie has since shot feature films "The Wedding Party", “Sucker”, Italian film "The Space Between" and
Sue Brook’s feature Film “Looking for Grace” which screened in official competition at Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. International Press have reviewed Katie’s work as ”beautiful”.

Other credits of note are Season 1 of critically acclaimed ABC TV series “Please Like Me” for Director Matt Saville.

Katie is about to begin shooting feature film "3 Summers" for Ben Elton in Perth.

BEST EDITOR AWARD JUDGE

KERRY FARRELL

A reformed Flame/Inferno Artist Kerry is now very happily an Offline Edit specialist. His experience in high end compositing including Visual FXSupervision allows him to problem solve, create and visualise the best possible Post Production path, value adding to every project. While handy with VFX previsualisations Kerry's passion is storytelling and crafting every frame. 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.

BEST MUSIC SCORE JUDGE

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 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

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 JUDGE

CATARINA HEBBARD

Catarina is a graduate of both QUT and Griffith University. As a Director, her theatre credits include The Pitch and Eight (QTC), The Boy From Oz (Ignatians Musical Society), Last Drinks (Short and Sweet 2013), Nobody Does it Like Me (Cienda McNamara Productions), Sweetest Things (Vena Cava), Chicago, Working and Between these Lines (Harvest Rain), Catholic School Girls (co-production with Three Sisters) and Minefields and Miniskirts (MadCat Creative connections), Critters (Out of the Box/Qld Museum) and The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives of Windsor & Romeo and Juliet (4MBS Classic FM). As an Actor she has worked with companies including, 23rd Productions, KITE, Harvest Rain, Emerge, Crossbow, Mixed Company, Theatre Anyplace & the Forward Movement. Her film and TV Credits include Girl Clock, the Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Reef’n’Beef and the Down under Mystery Tour &K9.  Catarina is Co-Founder of MadCat Creative Connections & was nominated for 2 Matilda Awards for her work on Minefields and Miniskirts in 2009. She is a proud member of the MEAA & has a Bachelor of Education.  

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