FEATURE COMPETITION JURY
Head of Distribution and Acquisitions |Dogwoof (UK)
Since 2006 Oli Harbottle has been the Head of Distribution and Acquisitions at Dogwoof, one of the leading distributors and international sales agents for theatrically-driven documentaries. As past of his role, oli is responsible for acquisitions and overseeing all film releases, which in recent years have included successes such as The Act of Killing, Blackfish, Cartel Land, Weiner, Life, Animated, Three Identical Strangers, Free Solo, and Apollo 11. Oli is also actively involved in the sourcing of projects for Dogwoof’s new production fund.
Yvonne Ashley Kouadjo
Producer | New York Times Op-Docs (USA)
Yvonne Ashley Kouadjo is the series producer for Op-Docs, the Oscar-winning short documentary series from the New York Times. Recent Op-Docs include Oscar® nominee A Concerto Is a Conversation and the Sundance award-winning Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma. Previously, she worked at American Documentary | POV, PBS’s award-winning flagship documentary strand.
Filmmaker (Tantura) | Israel
After a career in the tech industry serving as an entrepreneur, product manager, and CEO in four software companies, Alon Schwarz began directing, producing, and editing films. In 2017, he directed and produced the feature documentary Aida’s Secrets, which premiered at Hot Docs and was theatrically distributed throughout the United States. His latest film Tantura, which screens at Antenna, opened the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
Producer | Independent (Australia)
Graeme Isaac has worked as a producer for 40 years making dramas, documentaries, and films that are somewhere in between. His documentary credits include Dhakiyarr VS The King which won the Reuben Mamoulian Award at Sydney Film Festival, In My Father’s Country which screened at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and the landmark observational documentary Australia Daze. Graeme also produced Rachel Perkins’ Bran Nue Dae, which is one of the top 50 highest performing Australian feature films of all time.
Head of Documentary | Sweetshop & Green Productions (Australia)
Alice Burgin is the Head of Documentary at Sweetshop & Green Productions, an Australian and New Zealand production company focused on producing local film and television projects for global audiences. Prior to joining the Sweetshop & Green family, she was best known for her role as the CEO/Conference Director of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) where she oversaw over one million dollars of project funds and skills development training invested into the documentary and factual sector.
AUSTRALIAN SHORT COMPETITION JURY
Producer | Independent
Jessica Douglas-Henry is an award winning documentary filmmaker with over thirty five years experience in the industry. As Executive Producer of Compass, the ABC’s flagship faith and ethics series, she oversaw the production of over one hundred and fifty hours of high quality television for the national broadcaster. Prior to this her company Iris Pictures produced award winning features, series and documentaries for international and domestic broadcasters for over twenty years.
Jason De Santolo
Researcher and Creative Producer | UTS
Jason De Santolo (Garrwa and Barunggam) is a Creative Producer and the Director of Indigenous Research at UTS School of Business. He has worked in education for over two decades, combining legal training with creative methodologies to further Indigenous rights and environmental justice. Jason co-edited Decolonizing Research: Indigenous storywork as methodology (2019) and his last documentary Warburdar Bununu/Water Shield, which screened at Antenna 2019, explores water contamination in his homelands, Borroloola, Northern Territory.
Filmmaker | Independent
Rowena Potts is a filmmaker with a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from NYU. Her short films often explore the relationship between people and animals, as well as our unfolding relationship with off-Earth environments. They have screened in festivals and museums around the world. Rowena is a co-founder (with Ceridwen Dovey) of The Archival Futures Collective, dedicated to making archival experimental films about human relationships with nature and landscapes on Earth and in outer space.