International Competition Judges

Wieland Speck

Director of Panorama, Berlinale

After completing studies in German literature, theatre arts and ethnology at Berlin’s Free University, Wieland moved to the world and industry of film, where he has worked in many areas. In 1992, he was appointed Director of the Panorama programme at the International Berlin Film Festival, and has remained there ever since.

Leah Giblin

Grants Associate, Cinereach

Leah manages the grants program at Cinereach, a film foundation and production company that champions vital stories, artfully told. Her previous experience includes work with the Tribeca Film Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Media Arts Fellowships and the programming department of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Alejandra Canales


Alejandra is an award winning filmmaker whose work has screened in major international festivals. She has been a recipient of numerous scholarships and international documentary residencies including IDFAcademy. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts and currently is the Head of Documentary at Sydney Film School.

Jeremy Elphick

Writer / Film critic

Jeremy Elphick is the co-founder and Managing Editor of the Australian film website 4:3 Film, bringing a collaborative and refreshing approach to film theory and criticism. Jeremy has a particular interest in sociopolitical documentary and has run a series of in-depth interviews on 4:3 Film with high-profile filmmakers.


Australian Competition Judges

Alan Berliner


Alan Berliner is a documentary filmmaker, whose ability to combine the experimental with popular appeal in compelling films has made him one of America’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers. His films have been broadcast around the world and been the subject of retrospectives at numerous international film festivals.

Tracey Moffatt

Visual Artist / Filmmaker

Highly regarded for her formal and stylistic experimentation in film, photography and video, Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Her work draws on the history of cinema, art and photography as well as childhood memories and fantasies and explores issues of race, gender, sexuality and identity.

Susan Mackinnon

Filmmaker / Producer

Susan is an award winning filmmaker and a leading figure in the Australian documentary industry. She was a founder and Co-Executive Director of the Documentary Australia Foundation and a founding member of the Australian International Documentary Conference.

Australian Short Competition Judges

Michael Cordell

Cordell Jigsaw

Michael Cordell is one of Australia’s most established producers and directors. His projects straddle many genres and have won numerous awards. Most recently Michael was EP and writer on the third series of award winning format Go Back to Where You Came from on SBS.

Sandra Gross

Yoram gross Films

Sandra emigrated to Australia in 1968 with her husband, celebrated filmmaker Yoram Gross. Together they founded Yoram Gross Film Studio; Australia’s most successful animation production house.

Blue Lucine


Blue Lucine is a writer and director and has screened her films at numerous festivals including having two films launched in Federation Square, Melbourne. Blue is currently working on her first feature documentary about the public housing sale in Millers Point.