International Competition Judges

Luke W Moody

Director of Programming, Shefeld Doc/Fest

Luke joined the Shefeld Doc/Fest from BRITDOC Foundation where he commissioned international award-winning feature documentaries across the Channel 4, Puma, Bertha BRITDOC and Pulse BRITDOC lm funds for six years. He also managed UK impact distribution campaigns for Laura Poitras’ Academy Award-winning CITIZENFOUR and Richard Rowley’s Academy Award-nominated Dirty Wars. Recently he co-founded and curated digital platform Something Real and documentary festival FRAMES of REPRESENTATION at ICA, London.

Iyabo Boyd


Iyabo Boyd is an independent producer, writer, and director and the founder director of Feedback Loop, a documentary consulting rm. She previously held positions at lmmaker support institutions Chicken & Egg Pictures and Tribeca Film Institute and has served on juries for DOC NYC, the IDA Awards, Cinema Eye Honors, and SXSW. Iyabo recently produced the feature documentary For Ahkeem which had its international premiere at the 2017 Berlinale and is screening at the Antenna Festival.

Amiel courtin-Wilson


Amiel Courtin-Wilson is one of the most prolific, innovative and critically acclaimed Australian lmmakers. He has directed over 20 short lms and six features, including Bastardy, Hail and Chasing Buddha. His lms have premiered at Sundance, Cannes, Venice, and won a slew of awards. Amiel was recently awarded the Byron Kennedy Award at the 4th AACTA Awards in recognition of his commitment to innovation in Australian cinema over the last two decades.


Australian Competition Judges

Rachel Landers


Rachel Landers is a lmmaker with a PhD in history from the University of Sydney. Her lms have screened at numerous international festivals, been broadcast all over the world and have won or been nominated for a number of prestigious awards. Rachel was awarded the 2011 NSW Premier’s History Fellowship. In 2012 she was appointed Head of Documentary at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Pauline clague


Pauline is a Yaegl women from the North Coast of New South Wales. She entered into the Industry in 1994 through the Indigenous Drama Initiative producing “Round Up”. Since then she has produced Documentaries and Dramas and worked as Series Producer for various initiatives and worked for ABC, SBS and NITV. She is also a Programmer for imagineNATIVE in Canada and has recently joined the team at UTS, Jumbunna Institute to take up the role of Manager, Indigenous Resilience Research.

Paul Struthers


Paul has a Bachelor of Arts from Royal Holloway University of London and has worked in the lm industry for over 13 years, in Distribution, Exhibition and Programming. He worked in Marketing for Sydney Film Festival and from 2013 till 2017 was the director of Sydney’s Mardi Gras Film Festival.


Australian Shorts Competition Judges

Alyssa Orvis

Investment Manager

Alyssa Orvis is a Documentary Development/Investment Manager at Screen Australia. Prior to commencing with Screen Australia in 2013, Alyssa divided her time between Sydney Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, where she oversaw guest and industry teams and advised on programming from 2009-2012. Alyssa lived in New York for 10 years, where she worked at Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the Bicycle Film Festival.

Sopheak Sao


Cambodian lmmaker Sopheak Sao makes documentaries that tackle social and cultural issues, advocating for women empowerment and the upholding of human rights in Cambodia. Her short documentary “TWO GIRLS AGAINST THE RAIN” has been screened at numerous international festivals and in 2013, Sao was the rst Cambodian lmmaker to be invited to the “Berlinale”.

Matthew Walker


Matthew Walker is a documentary director and editor. His credits include lms such as Destination Arnold, After The Apology and the International Emmy winning series Go Back To Where You Came From. His lm Heart of the Queen won Best Australian Short at Antenna last year and he is currently developing a feature length version of it.