15-19 OCTOBER 2014

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David Rokach

Festival & Artistic Director

David completed his degree in Philosophy and Cinema at Tel Aviv University. Before coming to Sydney he worked with different film festivals in various positions including; the Doc-Aviv International Documentary Festival (2003-2007) and Vdance, an international film festival for video dance (2007-2008). David has also worked as an editor for the culture department at Walla! – one of the first and most popular Israeli web portal sites. In 2008 he moved to Sydney and after working as a programmer for the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, he established the Antenna Festival.

Rich Welch

Program Manager, Festival Co-Director

Passionate about Visual Arts, Rich received a Bachelors in Film in 2000 and went onto work in the UK media industry, spanning documentary, film and television. In 2007, Rich achieved a Masters degree in Documentary Film at the Royal Holloway University and has since directed and produced several short documentaries, which have screened commercially and at festivals. Rich is also an experienced Media educator, with vast experience of mentoring and tutoring, together with designing and delivering media training programs. Rich is now in his third year with Antenna, having joined the festival in its inaugural year.

Julia Scott-Stevenson

DocTalk manager and program editor

Julia lives on tea, toast and documentaries.  When not helping to plan Antenna, she can be found researching cross-platform documentary for a PhD for which she’s also making an online documentary about volunteers with Australian Red Cross.  Julia also writes a regular blog about innovation in documentary for SBS online.  Having spent a few years working in international development in the Pacific, Julia is particularly interested in harnessing the power of documentary for good, not evil.

Margaret McHugh

Festival Coordinator & Communications

In 2010, Margaret completed her undergraduate degree from the Australian National University’s School of Art with Honours in Photography and Media Arts (Video).  She has also studied visual art, photography and filmmaking at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain and Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland.  In 2011, Margaret was awarded a professional mentorship with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA).  In 2012, Margaret was accepted into the inaugural Graduate Diploma in Documentary Directing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).   Currently, she is freelancing in the film and television industry and enjoying the challenge of coordinating a documentary festival!


David Rokach, Rich Welch, Thalia Hoffman, Julia Scott Stevenson

Pre-Selection Committee

Ruth Cross, Sascha Ettinger Epstein, Yoad Earon, Avi Feldman, John MacFarlane, Annette Maguire, Maya Newell

Production Manger

Nick de la Force

Festival’s Ambassadors

Ian Darling
Sandra and Yoram Gross
Julia Overton

Antenna’s Board Members

Tina Kaufman
Melissa Quinn
David Rokach
Julia Scott Stevenson
Paul Simpson
Kate Stewart
Richard Welch