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Participants with short films at MIFF 2013
AIDEE WALKER (Friday Tigers)
A graduate of Auckland’s UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts, Walker acted in New Zealand TV series Outrageous Fortune. After returning to NZ from years abroad, she wrote and performed her own work and transitioned to writing and directing film. Her first short, The F.E.U.C., screened at NZ’s Show Me Shorts Festival and the Palm Springs International Shortsfest, and her second short was the NZ Film Commission Fresh Shorts-funded Friday Tigers. She had acting roles on NZ TV series Sunny Skies and film How to Meet Girls from a Distance and is developing TV series Animals as well as several short and feature film projects with writer/actress Shoshana McCallum.
CATHERINE BISLEY (Wide Eyed)
An Antipodean mix of Maori, Danish, and Scottish descent, Bisley gained an English Literature honours degree before defecting to film. She has written arts journalism and for radio and stage, completed a 2012 internship at New York’s Killer Films and has two features in development.
COLIN HODSON (Maul)
Hodson's first two films were the micro-budget improvised features Shifter (2000) and .OFF. (aka .ON.) (2002/2006). His feature script Life On The Island won the David Carson Parker Embassy Trust Prize and is in development with Producer Philippa Campbell and the NZ Film Commission. Hodson attended the Binger Filmlab in 2005/6.
JAMES VAUGHAN (You Like It, I Love It)
Vaughan’s 2013 short film You Like It, I Love It was selected for competition at the Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand and Melbourne film festivals.
JORDAN PROSSER (Hungry Man)
Prosser in 2012 completed his Honours in Film & TV studies at the Victorian College of the Arts where his short film Hungry Man was awarded the Panavision Script Award and Best Honours Production at the College’s premiere screenings. His films have screened at festivals internationally and he is writing his first feature, a teenage black comedy / crime thriller, Cherry.
MARGARET HARVEY (The Hunter)
An actor by trade, Harvey recently crossed-over to creating and directing stories for theatre and film. She is developing a circus documentary as well as a visual theatre piece performed on a boat with her clan group, Ait Kadal of Saibai Island in the Torres Strait. Harvey continues to collaborate with her brother John Harvey on film and theatre projects through Brown Cab Productions.
MAT GOVONI (The Misfortune of Others)
A recent graduate of The Australian Film Television and Radio School, Govoni began his career working as a cinematographer and compositor before moving to direction in 2009. His work has screened around the globe and he is currently developing an off-beat queer romantic comedy entitled 'Gay Conversion School Dropout'.
MATTHEW MOORE (The Amber Amulet)
Moore made his debut as writer, director and producer with the short film Julian, which won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and then won many awards competing in more than 20 international film festivals culminating in The AACTA Award for Best Short Fiction Film. MIFF 2013's The Amber Amulet, adapted by Matthew and Genevieve Hegney from the novella by Craig Silvey, world premiered at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, where it too won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film. Moore was selected as the third recipient of the Director's Attachment Scheme (an industry program funded by Screen Australia and managed by the Australian Directors Guild for emerging feature film directors to develop their craft) with an attachment on Robert Connolly's MIFF Premiere Fund-supported PAPER PLANES.
REBECCA PENISTON-BIRD (Summer Suit)
Peniston-Bird has made documentaries on artists such as Nick Cave and Dame Edna Everage, as well as programs for MTV Australia and LONELY PLANET TV. The second short drama she has directed, Summer Suit had its European premiere at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.
ROMAINE MORETON (The Oysterman)
A Geonpul Jagera and Bundjalung, Moreton is a transmedia artist and poet who works in film, theatre, digital media and performance, with an international audience for her poetry. Her most recent poetry work, ‘Poems from a Homeland’, was one of 100 notebooks published as part of dOCUMENTA (13), held in 2012 at Kassel, Germany. Her first two scripted films, Redreeming The Dark and Cherish, were selected for the fringe program of the Cannes Film Festival. A third film, A Walk With Words, based on Moreton’s poetry and experience, won the award for Best International Short Film at 2000’s World of Women’s Cinema. She is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle’s Umulliko Education Research Centre, interrogating western media-making systems from within an Indigenous world view.
SAM DIXON (Old Mate)
Since completing a Fine Arts Degree in Film and TV at the Queensland University of Technology, Dixon has worked on numerous short films and music videos in various roles that have been shown in many film festivals. He is undertaking his Masters in Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts and developing feature-length film scripts.
SOPHIE HAYWARD (The Zoo)
Hayward studied Creative Arts at La Trobe University, Writing and Art History at the UK’s University of East Anglia and a BA in Film and TV (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has directed theatre, music videos and many short films, which have won her a scholarship and several awards. She is developing her first feature screenplay.
TENIKA SMITH (Thanks for the Ride)
Smith studied filmmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she has written and directed six short films and has had films screened at local and international film festivals. She is developing her first feature film project.
TYMON LANGFORD (Thylacine)
Langford was awarded the 2004 Sydney Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights’ Award and has a Bachelor of Media and Communications from the University of Sydney (Majoring in Film Studies and Art History). He has also studied at the Australian Film TV and Radio School and the Victorian College of the Arts where he is set to complete his Masters in Film and TV (Narrative) in 2013.
Screen Australia Springboard
An actor, writer and director who trained with the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Weekes made his feature debut when he wrote, directed and starred in the multiple award-nominated Bitter & Twisted, which had its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. His 2009 script The Muppet Man, about the life of Jim Henson, is setup at Disney and he has several other projects in development including Ponzi’s Scheme, to be directed by Milos Foreman, and Me and My Monster with Laura Ziskin Productions at Sony Pictures. Weekes is also working on an untitled project with Hopscotch Films, and is developing Pest Control with the Screen Australia Springboard program and producers Jamie Hilton and Michael Pontin.
Johnson, from the Dunghutti people of NSW, started her writer/director career with the 1996 short film Two Bob Mermaid and continued exploring themes of race, identity and perception mainly in documentaries from International EMMY Award-nominated Stolen Generations” to Stranger in my Skin and the “making-of” Phillip Noyce’s Rabbit-Proof Fence. Ten years later, Johnson made her second short, Crocodile Dreaming, and then made River of No Return, a documentary about the complexities of living in a remote Indigenous community in Northern Australia. She has produced documentaries for ABC-TV’s “Message Stick” series and is writing Bluey as part of the Screen Australia Springboard initiative.
Moon launched as a writer/director with her Transport Accident Commission cinema advert "Social Death" aimed at young drivers. Since then she has made short films including Hamish, a docu-drama about autism, which has screened locally and internationally, and Bored Girls, her Screen-Australia funded Raw Nerve film. Through Screen Australia Springboard, Moon is developing the feature film Starfish.
McKeith’s short films have played at many film festivals worldwide including the Berlin, Telluride and Busan film festivals. A graduate of the Australian Film TV and Radio School, McKeith also has a Bachelor of Laws and Arts from The University of Sydney. He and Tom McKeith are co-writing and directing their next project through Screen Australia's Springboard program.
McKeith’s short films have played at many film festivals worldwide including the Berlin, Telluride and Busan film festivals. In 2011, he received production funding through Screen NSW’s Emerging Film-Makers’ Fund and in 2012 his feature screenplay Boxer was selected for Screen NSW’s Aurora script development workshop and is now part of Screen Australia's Springboard development program. McKeith, who has a Graduate Diploma in Screen Directing from the Australian Film TV and Radio School, has a Bachelor of Laws and Arts with honours from The University of Sydney, majoring in English.