International Competition Judges

Ryan HarringtonRyan Harrington

Tribeca Film Institute

Ryan provides over $2 million in grants to documentary, cross platform and fiction storytellers, while developing filmmaker training labs and workshops world-wide. Throughout his tenure at TFI, he has supported over 200 films. Previously, he managed production at A&E IndieFilms, the theatrical documentary arm of the A&E Television Networks, where he championed the films American Teen and My Kid Could Paint That and the Oscar-nominated Murderball and Jesus Camp. He recently produced the Producer’s Guild nominated A Place at the Table.

joseph maxwellJoseph Maxwell

Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)

Joseph has developed, directed and produced high end, prime time documentaries for most of the major broadcasters in Britain and America, working for many of Britain’s leading production companies. He also set up and ran his own production company, securing international co-productions. Joseph’s credits include: 9/11 The Firemen’s Story (Winner Gold medal New York festival) Around the World in 90 Minutes (Winner Paris Science Film Festival). He started as Commissioning Editor, Documentaries for SBS in January 2012 and oversees science and history documentaries.

zanny beggZanny Begg

Artist, Filmmaker

Zanny Begg is an artist, film maker and organiser. She has been invited several residencies including; Chicago Mess Hall, Indonesia for Australia Indonesia Institute and Barcelona for an Australia Council Residency. She was the Director of Tin Sheds Gallery and is currently employed as an academic at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Her recent exhibitions include; What Keeps Mankind Alive, Istanbul Biennale, the Taipei Biennial, Taiwan, Sharjah Biennale, Plot for a Bienniel film program and National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia.

ben ferrisBen Ferris

Director, Sydney Film School

Ben Ferris is one of the founders of the Sydney Film School where he is currently the Artistic Director. Ferris, a film writer / director, has screened films and won numerous awards in Paris, New York, Croatia, Italy, Tokyo, Singapore and Amsterdam, as well as having theatrical releases of his works in Tokyo, Croatia, and Australia. Ben’s feature film “Penelope”, an Australia-Croatia co-production, had a worldwide release in 2011 to critical acclaim.

Australian Competition Judges

Jeffrey WinterJeffrey Winter

The Film Collaborative

Jeffrey Fabian Winter, co-executive director, The Film Collaborative. He is drawn to The Film Collaborative, which champions independent film because of his love for the process by which good movies can effect positive change in our world today. Jeffrey’s areas of specialty include; niche distribution and marketing, and festival / non-theatrical / special events distribution. Representative films include Oscar Nominated documentary THE INVISIBLE WAR and Sundance Award-winning A RIVER CHANGES COURSE.  Other career highlights include 11 years as a panel programmer/programming consultant for the Sundance Film Festival’s Digital Centre.

jeni thornleyJeni Thornley

Filmmaker, Writer

Jeni Thornley is an award winning documentary filmmaker, writer, film valuer and lecturer. Her distinctive poetic essay films include MAIDENS, the co-directed feature FOR LOVE OR MONEY, TO THE OTHER SHORE and ISLAND HOME COUNTRY). Jeni lectured in Issues in Documentary, at University of Technology during 2002-2013, focusing on documentary history, changing forms and ethics, completing her PHD in 2011. She writes regularly about documentary film for The Conversation, Metro Magazine, RealTime, Screening the Past and her own blog Documentary. She is currently developing an archival documentary film project, MEMORY=FILM.

Juliet LamontJuliet Lamont


Juliet Lamont was the 2013 recipient of the David and Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship. Her latest feature documentary, A COLD WAR, explores the battle between Greenpeace and Russian energy giant Gazprom. Her film MISS NIKKI AND THE TIGER GIRLS screened in competition at IDFA and opened the prestigious Margaret Mead Film Festival. Her debut feature THE SNOWMAN was invited to competition at IDFA and won the Australian Documentary Prize at Sydney Film Festival. She has recently formed SLING & ARROW and is developing a diverse slate of projects.

Australian Short Competition Judges

Ingrid KoppIngrid Kopp

Tribeca Film Institute

Ingrid overseas the TFI New Media Fund and leads the Institute’s digital endeavors. She began her career in the documentaries department at Channel 4 Television in the UK, moving to New York in 2004 to work as a producer for a number of independent production companies before becoming Editor-in-Chief of Shooting People, a network for filmmakers. Ingrid writes and gives talks on film, social media and the web. Her fascination with technology led her to write her Masters thesis on electricity in the late nineteenth century.

Phil CraigPhil Craig

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Phil Craig is ABC TV’s Head of Factual. He previously worked for British independent producer, Nutopia, and has also worked extensively with the BBC, Granada Television, and other leading UK production companies. He previously worked with ABC TV, co-producing a number of documentaries including Surviving Mumbai, The Reckoning, Churchill’s Darkest Decision, and two recently-completed projects: Chateau Chunder: The Australian Wine Revolution and Desert War. Craig’s range includes major history series, Sky Atlantic’s upcoming The British and thought provoking films for the BBC’s Storyville documentary series.

Amin PalangiAmin Palangi


An Iranian born Australian filmmaker, Amin dramatises the human experience in documentaries and fictional films he has made in Australia, Afghanistan and Iran. His debut feature documentay Love Marriage in Kabul was in competition and won Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival 2014. Amin holds a PhD from Australian National University and an MA from AFTRS. He concurrently has been working as the Screen Culture Producer at Information and Cultural Exchange, teaching at film schools and running the Persian International Film Festival in Australia.