Australia

Andrew Pike OAM

Chair

 

Andrew Pike is a film distributor, film historian and documentary film-maker.  With Ross Cooper, he co-authored Australian Film 1900-1977. His company, Ronin Films, released many Australian features including STRICTLY BALLROOM and SHINE, and today specialises in the distribution of Australian independent social documentaries.  In 2007, he received an Order of Australia Medal and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Canberra. For ten years until 2012, he served on various iterations of the Board of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. As a documentary director, his films include ANGELS OF WAR, THE CHIFLEYS OF BUSBY STREET, EMILY IN JAPAN, MESSAGE FROM MUNGO (co-directed with Ann McGrath and winner of a United Nations Association Media Award in November 2014) and most recently PUMPHEAD.  In 2017 he was appointed Director of the Canberra International Film Festival.

In 2009 he began an on-going association with the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, initially as a Jury member in their annual Awards, and subsequently from 2010 to the present as Chair of the MPA APSA Film Fund.

 

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Australia

Penny Smallacombe

Penny is a Member of the Maramanindji people, from the Northern Territory. She has completed a cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has a Masters of Arts (Documentary Producing) from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney. At AFTRS, Penny produced two documentaries – Roger  and A Change of Heart. A Change of Heart was nominated for a Dendy Award and played at several International film festivals including IDFA. Between 2004 and 2005 Penny worked in the Indigenous Programs Unit at the ABC, where she produced and directed for series 6 and 7 of Message Sticks. Penny’s ABC stories Leila Murray and the Long Grassers were nominated for Human Rights awards. Penny also produced the ABC’s highly successful Yarning Up series 1 and 2 and was a part of the Screen Australia Indigenous Department’s Producers Initiative in 2011. She produced a series of shorts called The Forgotten Ones in 2010, directed by prisoners from the NT, and before beginning her role as Head of Indigenous at Screen Australia, Penny was working as a Senior Programmer for NITV, National Indigenous Television, a division of SBS.

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New Zealand

Catherine Fitzgerald

Catherine Fitzgerald, ONZM, founded Blueskin Films in 2002. The latest film, thriller, Coming Home in the Dark (dir James Ashcroft) premièred in the Midnight Section, Sundance 2021. Punch (dir Welby Ings) shot in New Zealand November – December 2020 is in post-production, as is Returning Home, a Chinese/NZ feature documentary. Blueskin Films has produced the acclaimed One Thousand Ropes, The Orator (both NZ’s nominees for Best for Foreign Film) and Bellbird amongst its extensive international award-winning slate of features, shorts and documentaries which have featured worldwide, including the Berlinale, Venice, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto Film Festivals and the Academy Awards. Catherine has a record of films by women, Māori and Polynesian and other under-represented voices.  Recent releases include Bellbird and Helen Kelly. Short The Meek and Coming Home in the Dark will be hitting the screens in 2021.

She also Chairs the NZ Film Festival Trust and Playmarket, is a founding Trust member of the Screen Women’s Action Group and has consulted for the Berlinale for the NATIVe strand, and served on Generation, NETPAC and Adelaide Festival Juries.  Her other governance roles include the founding Chair of WIFT NZ, NZ Film Commission Board, the Board of the Dunedin College of Education, and SPADA among others.

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The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.

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