The Filmmakers Present sessions are a great way to meet Filmmakers and gain an insight into the creative process. The presenting Filmmakers will re-screen their films, discuss the film-making process, discuss the practical, and sometimes harsh realities of the industry and engage with the audience in an intimate setting. This will be a chance to get to know the filmmakers and gain an understanding of the film-making craft in an informal environment.
All Filmmakers Present sessions are in Fossicker’s. Tickets – $14/$10
11:30 am, Thursday 11th March
Father presented by Sebastian Danta, Director
Moscow My Love presented by Sheriff Osikemhekhai Musa, Director and Dillon Oloyede, Actor
Father Joe and the Bangkok Slaughterhouse presented by James Lingwood, Director & Mark Norfolk, Producer
11:30 am, Friday 12th March
Harry the Great presented by Stephen A Limkin, Producer
Transformation presented by Graeme Simsion, Producer
Adult Beginner Ballet presented by Michelle Ortega, Director and Jason LaBatt, Producer/Editor
2.00pm, Saturday 13th March
The Package presented by Oliver Waghorn, Director
Salt presented by Michael Angus, Director
Glenn Owen Dodds presented by Bec Dakin, Producer, Trent Dalton, Writer and Frazer Bailey, Director
2.00pm, Sunday 14th March
He.She.It presented by John Alsop, Writer/Director
Be My Brother presented by Genevieve Clay, Director
Boundless presented by Stephen Kanaris, Director
About the Filmmakers
Sebastian Danta’s two films from RMIT University in Melbourne, Losing Face and Flat, screened at over 30 festivals worldwide, including Telluride, Anima Mundi, Melbourne International Film Festival, Pusan, LA Short Film Fest, Palm Springs, Stuttgart, Interfilm Berlin and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. His third animation, Father, was financed by the Australian Film Commission. It has screened at over 20 high-profile international film festivals, including the Telluride Film Festival (USA), Animafest Zagreb (Croatia), LA Short Film Fest (USA), Anima Mundi (Brazil), the Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia), Dok Leipzig (Germany) and Montreal (Canada).
Now residing on the Fraser Coast, James Lingwood has over the past 25 years produced and directed over 100 hours of international film and television programs. Some of these include :- the award-winning Australian children’s television series, The Curiosity Show which was awarded the Gold Medal at the prestigious Prix Jeunesse International in Munich for best children’s program; the highly acclaimed and unique international television documentary series, The Voyage Of The Great Southern Ark; and the 1hr documentary From The Dragon’s Mouth, a ten year retrospective of Hong Kong which was screened by BBC World in 2007. Recent productions have been awarded over sixty international film & television prizes with the result that James has been granted membership to the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers, USA. IQ’s membership consists of some of the world’s top film & television producers in over 60 countries. James is also a Member of the Australian Directors Guild and an Executive Member of the National Chinese Documentary Film Academy. For more information please refer to the company’s website: www.palmwoodpictures.com
Also a resident of the Fraser Coast, Mark Norfolk began his career in the editing room working for some of the most noted Feature film editors in Australia, namely Ted McQueen Mason and Brian Kavanagh on Tim Burstall’s “Eliza Fraser”, Richard Franklin’s “Patrick” and Fred Schepsi’s “Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith”. Moving to Hong Kong in 1978, Mark worked with various companies before opening his own Post house, The Concept Room . Mark was editor for two feature films, “Simon and Daisy” an Australian film and “Night Dreams” a local Chinese film. He was editor for Zhang Yimou on the International Trailers of “Hero”, “The House of Flying Daggers” and “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles”. Mark produced the International Cinema Teaser for Jet Li’s martial arts film “Fearless”, the Taiwanese Thriller “Silk” and Tsui Hark’s “Seven Swords.” He is currently in partnership with James Lingwood working on various projects ranging from Documentaries to Feature Films.
Stephen has been involved in the Film industry for the last two and a half years. Prior to forming his own Film Production company he worked in the ?eld of IT and Media development for 6 years for a large organisation producing their internal media. Stephen has a strong emphasis on bringing together the right team for the right project. In 2007 Stephen was commissioned to produce a series of seven 2 minute documentary pieces on “Schoolies week.”
Graeme Simsion is a screenwriting student at RMIT in Melbourne, trying to make up for lost time. In 2008, he wrote and produced four short films, had a short story published, two short plays produced, was the only double-finalist in the John Jameson screenwriting competition, and was nominated for an AWGIE award for his screenplay The Klara Project. He makes his living teaching consultants how to be (better) consultants.
In May 2009, Michelle and her husband, Jason LaBatt, launched their own video production business called, North Beach Digital. Prior to that, Michelle received numerous awards for excellence in video production while Senior Producer at Macy’s Satellite Network. As Past President of the San Francisco chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, Michelle continues to promote diversity in media. Michelle is currently a member of the San Francisco Film Society and Bay Area Women in Film and Media (BAWIFM). BAWIFM selected “Adult Beginner Ballet” as one of six films to show at their Annual Shorts Screening series in May of 2009 to a sold out audience. She has also produced award-winning narrative shorts, “Just Friends,” and “Justin’s Lot,” which screened at Tiburon International Film Festival, Oakland International Film Festival and the Rogue Film Festival.
Jason LaBatt is an award-winning Preditor (that’s producer/editor to you) with twenty years of experience creating compelling videos for companies and individuals. In 1990, he was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a College Emmy for his documentary, ‘Theatre is Alive.’ He believes in ‘substance over style’ and is interested in telling stories that are clear, concise and inspirational. His work has appeared on the History Channel and Eco-TV and his short film, “Love in Familiar Places” screened at San Francisco’s annual hi/lo film festival.
Oliver Waghorn is a professional television commercial director based in Melbourne Australia. His work can be seen on national television; FOXTEL, Qantas international flights; and corporate boardrooms across Australia. Oliver began his career as an editor over 6 years ago and this now shows through in his work. Oliver’s work is known to be modern, vibrant and above all economical.
SALT is Michael’s 3rd major documentary project and first as producer/director. Michael launched his career as a documentary film maker spending 4 years recording world champion boxer Danny Green’s journey from obscurity to sporting hero. The Fight Game was an honest and emotional portrayal of a devoted father and son wrestling with ambition whilst becoming increasingly aware of the impact of his obsession on himself and those around him. Grantley Kieza of the Daily Telegraph described it as, “the best sports film I’ve seen and the best study yet on the unique profession that is the fight game.” Following the success of the Fight Game, he was commissioned by the ABC to write and direct the documentary Ooldea. Here he worked with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra resident composer Ian Grandage, documenting his collaboration with the Spinifex Elders of the Great Victoria Desert. This film has been sold to numerous television stations throughout the world. Fundamentally Michael views the world and constructs his narratives through the prism of relationships. Be it a boxer and his family, an artist with the landscape, or the collaboration of two diverse cultures, he is interested in what drives people and how that relates to the world around us.
Trent is a feature writer for The Courier-Mail. He has written several short films, including Silencer and Glenn Owen Dodds, selected for screening at the American Film Institute Film Festival. His first feature film screenplay is currently in development.
Bec’s film work includes production roles on both feature and short films such as Tubes, Ascension, Seize the Day and The Team, as well as Art Department on Fools Gold. She also Produced her own feature film in 2006 entitled “The Horseman”. Her TV experience includes the first six episodes of Frocks Off for SBS and the MTV Australian Music Awards. Bec is also Business Development Manager for The Post Lounge.
Director of Play TV, Frazer Bailey has produced numerous commercials for local and national clients including Toyota, Qld Tourism, KFC, Sea World, Kelloggs, RSPCA, GE Money and Gold Lotto. Frazer began his career at BEEPS (now The Post Lounge), leaving three years later to work for theBest Picture Show Company. He then moved to freelance production and directed his two first short films, Brainwave and Self Serve. Self Serve went on to win second place at The Italian International Festival of Arts and become a finalist in a TropFest competition. His next short Silencer was also a finalist in TropFest and screened at a US Comedy Arts Film Festival. In amongst his television commercial jobs, Frazer recently completed Glenn Owen Dodds, which recently won the International Prix Canal+ award at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France.
John Alsop grew up in Melbourne, attending Monash University where he became involved in writing and appearing in satirical revues. This led to comedy work at the legendary Flying Trapeze Café and on ABC local radio and eventually as a script editor and contributing writer on ABC-TV’s original ”D-Generation” and another particularly woeful effort in which he unwisely decided to appear. He escaped to writing drama for the small screen including award-winning episodes of “Brides of Christ,” “The Leaving of Liverpool” and “Bordertown” for ABC-TV’; ”R.A.N.” for SBS-TV and an adaptation of “My Brother Jack” for Network Ten. He is currently script producing and co-writing the second series of “My Place” for ABC Kids TV. ”He. She. It.” is his second short film as writer/director. He hopes to direct more of his screenwriting output. Mercifully he no longer thinks he can act.
Genevieve Clay is a writer/director who has made over 20 short films including a feature documentary for Down syndrome NSW. In February this year Genevieve took out first prize at Movie Extra’s Tropfest earning her the accolade of youngest director ever to do so. Genevieve is currently working as a freelance director and her latest short ‘Frances and Annie’, shot by acclaimed cinematographer Jules O’Loughlin, has started circulating around the short film festival path, recently winning best script with it at the Bondi Short Film Festival this year. She is currently in pre, pre production for a series of claymation interstitials titled ‘Two Old Men’.
Stephen Kanaris completed a BA in Film and Television at QUT where he directed a number of short films and documentaries, winning a Queensland New Filmmaker’s award in his graduating year. He has gone on to write/direct and edit TV commercials and TV segments as a freelancer and also with Channel 10, as well as lecturing in film at the NIDA Open Program in Sydney. In 2007 his screenplay Boundless (developed through workshops with performers with Down syndrome) was selected for funding by the NSW Film and Television Office. In 2009 Boundless won BEST FILM and BEST DIRECTOR at Australia’s most prestigious short film festival, St. Kilda. The film has since gone on to play at the Brisbane International Film Festival, New Orleans International Film Festival and was selected as a finalist in this year’s ATOM Awards. Stephen is fascinated by human psychology and behaviour and continues to develop film projects that explore this through exceptional characters and situations.