Australia

Mitzi Goldman

Chair

Mitzi is a founder and CEO of the Documentary Australia Foundation, having been instrumental in its realisation since its inception in 2006.  With 30 years’ experience as a documentary director, producer and editor, through her production company, Looking Glass Pictures, she has created many award winning international documentaries. Her most recent films include Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation (2015) and Night Parrot Stories (2016), which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival. Previous credits include A Common Purpose (2011), winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival and was nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary at 2012 AACTA Awards; End of the Rainbow(2007), which screened at over 20 international festivals and was the winner of eight international awards including IDFA 2008. Other previous credits include Hatred, Ports of Destiny, Chinese Take Away, Bloodlines, National Geographic’s Memoirs of a Plague, which screened in competition at IDFA in 2010, and Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography.

From 2002 to 2008, Mitzi was Co-Head of Documentary at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She has also been Co-Chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference and co-founded Ozdox, a monthly forum on documentary culture. Mitzi holds a BA from University of Sydney and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Political Philosophy.

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Bangladesh

Rubaiyat Hossain

Juror

Rubaiyat Hossain is one of Bangladesh’s handful of female filmmakers, known for her debut feature film Meherjaan (2011), which faced political and cultural wrath in Bangladesh for its anti-war narrative and its critique of masculine nationalism from a feminine point of view. The film won over 20 awards from film festivals around the world including the Audience Award at Northampton Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie Awards.

Her second feature Under Construction (2015) premiered at New Directors Showcase at Seattle International Film Festival and was theatrically released in Bangladesh and France. She was awarded many awards including the Emerging Director Award at the Asian American International Film Festival and two at the National Film Awards of Bangladesh. She has also produced several short films and is currently in post-production on her third feature, Made in Bangladesh. Hossain uses a feminist lens to deconstruct the otherwise phallocentric institution of cinema. She currently lives between Shaka and New York making films and attending Tisch School of Arts at New York University in Cinema Studies.

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Singapore

Luke Hetherington

Juror

Luke Hetherington is the Executive Producer of Industrial Light & Magic’s Singapore studio. Hetherington has a strong knowledge of the Asian market is responsible for all films in production at the studio and oversees marketing and bidding on future projects. Hetherington arrived at ILM with 20 years of experience in the animation and visual effects industry. He was with Animal Logic in Australia for 17 years where he helped build the company as a leading force across film visual effects, feature animation, and content development.

Hetherington held a wide range of roles at the studio including, Executive Producer, Head of Film Visual Effects, Producer, Head of Production and Head of CG among others. His credits include Monk Comes Down the Mountain (2015), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Sucker Punch (2011), Knowing (2009), Stealth (2005), Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (2013) and the television series Farscape. For House of Flying Daggers (2004), directed by APSA 2011 FIAPF Award recipient Zhang Yimou, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects.

Earlier in his career, Hetherington was a Senior Animator at Babyfoot Productions, and a 3D Artist at both GMD (formerly Garner Maclennan Design) and Extro Design. He also spent time at TAFE NSW in Sydney where set up the first Maya training course in Australia. He studied at Adelaide University, South Australia and TAFE College, Adelaide.

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