15-19 OCTOBER 2014

Judges Home → Judges

International Competition

Australian Competition

Australian Short Competition

John GodfreyJohn Godfrey

Head of Documentaries, SBS
John worked for 10 years in the UK, series/exec producing factual programming for Channel 4 and BBC2. Based in Australia for the past 10 years, he has produced everything from documentary to popular culture series. John has been SBS Commissioning Editor of Documentaries since 2008 and commissions include Who Do You think You Are?, The Tall Man and Immigration Nation. Now Head of Documentaries, John is responsible for the whole documentary slate, and in particular looks after indigenous and contemporary documentaries.

Sarafina DiFeliceSarafina DiFelice

Program Manager, HotDocs
Sarafina oversees the Programming Department at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival, conference and market. In addition to programming she also manages the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Production Funds. She’s been involved on a number of juries and panels with organizations that include The Cinema Eye Honors and The Sundance Film Festival. Prior to Hot Docs, Sarafina worked at the Toronto International Film Festival, Mavericks and the Doc Conference and The Canadian Film Centre.

Ruari ElkingtonRuari Elkington

Head of Distribution, Antidote Films
QUT film studies led Ruari to a range of industry roles including festival stints with the Brisbane International Film Festival and program coordinator roles with Freshwater Pictures and Virgo Productions. After starting with distributor Gil Scrine Films in 2009 he has worked with the company through their evolution into Antidote Films, and now into acquisition work for both Antidote and beamafilm, Australia’s premiere online site for documentary.

Tony NolanTony Nolan

Curator, Australian Centre for Photography
Tony has worked in the UK at major national museum institutions and contemporary art galleries. Alongside programming photographic exhibitions at the ACP he has participated in several international projects including the Photographic Portfolio Review, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Museum of Photography, Seoul and most recently at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing.

Ian DarlingIan Darling

Documentary filmmaker
Ian is Executive Director of Shark Island Productions. He is an AFI award winning documentary filmmaker and his credits include Paul Kelly, Stories of Me, The Oasis, The Soldier, In The Company of Actors, Alone Across Australia and Woodstock for Capitalists. Ian is a member of Impact Partners in New York, founder and Patron of the Documentary Australia Foundation, Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, Patron of the Kangaroo Valley Upper River Hall Arts Festival, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Social Impact.

Leonie BlignautLeonie Blignaut

Documentary filmmaker
Leonie is an award winning documentary filmmaker and accomplished video editor. She has directed, shot and edited documentaries and TVCs for a variety of clients, including National Geographic Channel, Subaru and Canon, and her work as a videographer has taken her to locations as far afield as Jamaica, Mexico, Poland and Madagascar. Her documentary directing debut Feel Home won the short documentary competition at Antenna in 2012 and was highly commended at the F4 festival in Adelaide as part of AIDC Doc Week.

Sandy GeorgeSandy George

Journalist/writer and film presenter
Sandy presents films on SBS One and, as a journalist, has tracked the Australian film and television industry for more than 20 years. She is a longtime correspondent for the London-based magazine Screen International and Screen Daily, writes for many outlets including SBS, and has been editor of Australian trade magazine Encore and film writer for the daily newspaper The Australian.

Richard SowadaRichard Sowada

Head of Film Programs, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Richard has been an active player in the Australian screen culture sector for nearly two decades, working as founder/director of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival from 1997-2006. Since late 2006, Richard has been Head of Film Programs at the country’s leading screen culture organisation, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Richard has previously acted as script and project assessor for ScreenWest and the Australian Film Commission, 2001 AIDC Conference Director and lecturer in documentary.

Tina Kaufman

Tina is a freelance writer on film and media issues who was editor of ‘FilmNews’ for seventeen years; she now writes for ScreenHub and RealTime. She is an Honorary Life Member of both the Sydney Film Festival and the Film Critics Circle of Australia.