Australia

Anne Démy-Geroe

Chair

Returning Chair of the Children’s Film Fund Panel, Anne Démy-Geroe is a film specialist with a strong interest in children’s cinema. She currently teaches Asian Pacific cinema at Griffith Film School and has just complete a PhD on Iranian cinema at the University of Queensland. She is a board member of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema and a member of the International Nominations Council for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Anne was the inaugural director of the Brisbane International Film Festival from 1991 to 2010. In 2004 she established a unique specialist film program for children and young adults aged between 8 and 17 screening vibrant, intelligent cinema for a younger audience. Cine Sparks connected with the state’s school curriculum and celebrated BIFF’s powerful focus on Asia Pacific cinema. Cine Sparks feature three children’s juries drawn from students from around the state and was hailed a groundbreaking success.

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Australia

Maxine Williamson

Panellist

A passionate advocate for cinema for children and young adults, Maxine is extremely proud to have been an integral force in the establishment of the APSA Academy Children’s Film Fund, and all aspects of its governance.

Maxine is the Asia Pacific representative for the Antalya Film Forum, and  a member of both NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and APN (Asia-Pacific Producer’s Network). She has also been a creative producer on the APSA documentary Scene by Scene, promoting the films and filmmakers of the Asia Pacific, broadcast on CNN International from 2007 – 2009 and on the ABC network in 2010 – 2011.

Having been with APSA since its inaugural year, Maxine is currently the Film Director of Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, and in December will take her place on the main competition jury of the International film Festival Kerala.

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