Australia

Anne Démy-Geroe

Panellist

Anne is an APSA Nominations Council founding member, Co-director of the Iranian Film Festival Australia, NETPAC Board Member and former Executive Director of the Brisbane International Film Festival, where she began as the inaugural Artistic Director in 1991.

Her interest in Asian cinema led to the establishment of the sole Australian NETPAC jury at BIFF and a FIPRESCI jury for Asia-Pacific cinema. BIFF also boasts the only Australian Film Festival for Young people, Cinesparks. She is a judge on the prestigious Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and a past Council Member of the National Film and Sound Archive. She has served on international juries from Hawaii to Tehran for NETPAC and others. In 2003, Anne was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for services to the film industry. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Iranian Cinema.

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New Zealand

Armagan Ballantyne

Panellist

Armagan lives amongst the trees and near the ocean in New Zealand. She studied filmmaking at FAMU in Prague, and completed an MA in directing at AFTRS Film School in Sydney.

Her short films have screened and won awards at festivals around the world. In 2004 she attended the Binger Institute in Amsterdam, and in 2006 attended the directors lab at the Sundance Institute, with her feature film project The Strength of Water. The Strength of Water was released in 2009, screening in numerous festivals around the world. It was in competition at Berlin (Generation section), Rotterdam (Tiger Award) and Asia Pacific Screen Awards (children’s section) winning the Prix du Public at Annonay Film Festival, France, 1st Prize at Cinema Public, Paris and Best Feature at the Wairoa Awards, New Zealand.

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France

Isabelle Glachant

Panellist

Isabelle Glachant started her career as a journalist for the French TV station Canal+. She served as Audiovisual Attaché of the French Embassy in China from 1998 to 2003, and began working on Chinese films in 2004 as Executive Producer of Shanghai Dreams (Wang Xiaoshuai, 2005, Jury Prize, Cannes).

Since then, her credits include Associate Producer of Lost In Beijing (Li Yu, 2007, Competition Berlin) and City Of Life And Death (Lu Chuan, 2009), Co-producer of Love And Bruises (Lou Ye, 2011), Producer of In Love We Trust (Wang Xiaoshuai, 2008, Silver Bear – Best script, Berlin), several documentaries by Wang Bing and Yang Lina, Chongqing Blues (Wang Xiaoshuai, 2010, Competition Cannes) and 11 Flowers (Wang Xiaoshuai, 2011). She’s currently producing and developing new projects from Kit Hui, Lou Ye, Wang Bing, Wang Xiaoshuai and Zhang Yuan.

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