Alena Lodkina

Director, Strange Colours

Strange Colours | Masterclass: Working with low budgets

Alena Lodkina is a Russian-born filmmaker based in Melbourne. She has made fiction and documentary short films that have played at festivals around the world.

Lodkina has worked as a film editor and her writing on film has appeared in Senses of Cinema, 4:3 Journal and Fireflies.

Lodkina participated in Biennale College Cinema in 2016 with her first feature film Strange Colours, which went on to win funding, go into production and premiere at Venice Film Festival 2017. It is currently touring the international festival circuit and is set for Australian release in November 2018.

Alex Kelly

Film-maker, Impact Producer

NT Screen Summit Speaker

Capricornia Nominee

Alex Kelly is a filmmaker, communications and campaign strategist committed to social justice.

Alex worked for ten years with leading Australian social change arts company Big hART as Creative Producer of Ngapartji Ngapartji and was National Producer from 2012-2014. Alex’s documentary credits include producing Island of the Hungry Ghosts, THE ISLAND, Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji and co-producing The Namatjira Project production managing Coniston: Telling it True and directing Queen of the Desert.

Alex was the Global Impact & Distribution Producer on Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything project. She has recently joined the team on Maya Newell’s forthcoming film KIDS (working title) as impact producer.

In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and explored at models for social change documentary impact and engagement in UK, Canada and USA.

In 2009 Alex was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Kirk Robson Award, in 2011 the Screen Territory Bob Plasto Award and was selected as a Screen Producer’s Australia ‘Ones to Watch’ winning the SPAA Kickstart pitch in 2015.

Alex is Director and co-founder of Something Somewhere Film Festival in Alice Springs, Central Australia and a 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.

Bridget May


NT Screen Summit Speaker

Bridget recently worked at Screen Territory form early 2015 to March 2018, where between 2016 – 2017 she ran the Northern Territory film agency for a year.  Bridget has moved into the producing side of the screen industry and is expanding her capabilities in that area. She has built up her knowledge and skills by working as an attachment on several projects.

She has worked as a Production Management and Post-Production Supervisor with Brindle Films, over their slate of projects.  This includes running writer’s workshops for two upcoming drama series.

Bridget has over 20 years as a dynamic manager with extensive experience within the public and private sector.  She is also known for significant strategic and governance work and is a confident strategist capable of developing innovative plans and activities designed to facilitate competitive growth

Charmaine Ingram

Director, Producer

Charmaine is an an Aboriginal filmmaker. Her family are Yidinji from Cairns in Far North Queensland. She has worked in the media industry for over a decade beginning her career as a radio journalist and progressing through to TV news and producing for the ABC.

Charmaine has directed several projects in the last year including the mini series TransBlack which was successful in the international film circuit, screening in San Francisco and Shanghai 2018.

Most recently Charmaine directed the ABC Me kids series Project Planet in the Top End and completed a producers attachment on the international drama series Pine Gap.

She's loves sharing stories about the underdog and is passionate about Aboriginal people telling our own stories.

Dylan River

Director, Finke: There & Back

Dylan River is an filmmaker from Alice Springs, Australia.

He grew up in a creative family filled with numerous filmmakers and from an early age thought filmmaking was boring and not for him! He couldn’t have been more wrong......

In 2013 his debut documentary titled: “Buckskin”, won Foxtel Documentary Prize at the 60th annual Sydney Film Festival, and was selected in the program for the prestigious Adelaide Film festival, followed by its air date on the 13th of October 2013 on ABC.

His jump into drama with film "Nulla Nulla" has taken him to the Berlin Film festival. Sydney Film festival, MIFF, and lastly an AACTA nomination.

He is motivated to staying behind the camera, telling stories close to home.

Jeremy Sims

Director, Actor, writer, producer

Capricornia Jury

Jeremy is a director, producer and writer of film, television and theatre.

Jeremy is currently directing a feature film documentary on motorcycle champion Wayne Gardner, produced by Matthew Metcalf and is due for completion in 2018.

Jeremy produced, directed and co-wrote the film adaptation LAST CAB TO DARWIN which had its world premiere at Sydney Film Festival in June 2015 and also screened at Toronto International Film Festival 2015. It opened nationally in August 2015 with Icon Films distributing, to a box office of $7.5m. The film was nominated for eight AACTA awards including Best Director and won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film stars Michael Caton and Jackie Weaver.

Jeremy directed feature film BENEATH HILL 60 in 2010, starring Brendan Cowell and Bella Heathcote. It was nominated for 11 AFI awards and won one for the Best Young Actor Harrison Gilbertson. Jeremy was nominated for Best Director at the AFI awards, the ADG Awards, the IF Awards and the Film Critics Circle of Australia awards for this film.

LAST TRAIN TO FREO (2006) was Sims’s first feature film as a director/producer. It continued his artistic association with Reg Cribb who wrote the film and the original play. It was nominated for three AFI awards (including Best Actor in a Leading role for Steve Le Marquand) and has sold well internationally.

Jeremy has directed not only for film but for television. Notably for the Channel 9 hit series DOCTOR DOCTOR, A PLACE TO CALL HOME for Seven/FOXTEL as well as RESCUE SPECIAL OPS for Channel 7.

Jeremy has also directed at The Sydney Theatre Company as a freelance director; his productions there include Neil LaBute’s THE SHAPE OF THINGS and a world premiere of a Tony McNamara comedy, THE UNLIKELY PROSPECT OF HAPPINESS.

Jeremy is Artistic Director of Pork Chop Productions, a company he founded in 1995, and through which he has directed and produced classic and original theatrical works nationally. Jeremy has a long-standing interest in developing new Australian works many of which the Sydney Opera House has co-produced. Their theatrical production, LAST CAB TO DARWIN written by Reg Cribb, won many awards and toured metro and regional centres playing to large houses in 2003 and 2004.

Jeremy has had a successful and acclaimed career as an actor: working in film (he received an AFI award ‘Best actor’ nomination for IDIOT BOX); on television (he has several Logie and AFI ‘best actor’ nominations, winning for AFTERSTOCKS in 1996), and; on stage, where his reputation as one of Australia’s greatest actors has been built playing roles like CYRANO DE BERGERAC and HAMLET to national acclaim.

Kamila Andini

Director, Sekala Niskala (The Seen & Unseen)

Closing Night Guest of Honour | Masterclass: Boundless Creativity

Kamila Andini was born in Jakarta in 6 May 1986. She studied Sociology and Media Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Her concern of social culture, gender equality and environmental issue lead her passion to make films with a distinctive perspective of telling a story. In 2011, she released her debut feature film The Mirror Never Lies, which portraits the life of sea wanderer in Indonesian ocean. The film has traveled through more than 30 film festivals including Berlinale, Busan, Edinburgh, Seattle, and achieved more than 15 awards around the festival circuit.

Her two short films Following Diana and Memoria portrait women issues both in urban area of Jakarta and also in post conflict area of Timor Leste.

Her second feature film, Sekala Niskala (The Seen and Unseen) is competing in Platform section at Toronto International Film Festival 2017. This film was developed at the Cinefondation Residence program from Cannes Film Festival and supported by Hubert Bals Fund, Asia Pacific Screen Awards Fund, and Doha Film Institute Grants.

Maggie Miles


NT Screen Summit Speaker

Maggie was co-director of Burrundi Pictures while based in the NT for 12 years.  Burrundi was a co-producing entity on the feature YOLNGU BOY. She went on to produce VAN DIEMEN’S LAND (Madman Entertainment 2009), which premiered at the Adelaide FF and Edinburgh Int. FF 2009, receiving a Special Mention at Sitges. Alongside Robert Connolly, Maggie produced THE TURNING (Madman Entertainment and CinemaPlus 2013), which had Melbourne Int. FF and Berlinale Gala Screenings in 2014. With Robert Connolly and Liz Kearney, Maggie produced PAPER PLANES (Village Roadshow 2015), which screened at the Melbourne Int. FF, Toronto Int. FF and Busan Int. FF 2014. PAPER PLANES was the opening film for the Generation Kplus, Berlinale 2015, and won the CinefestOz Film Prize 2014. With Mark Patterson, Maggie produced Paul Cox’s FORCE OF DESTINY (CinemaPlus 2015), the Opening Night film of the Melbourne Int. Film Festival 2015. Maggie is the Asia Pacific Screen Awards Academy Children’s Film Fund recipient 2015 and recently produced and directed the documentary DARE TO BE DIFFERENT including a special version for ABC Compass. Maggie is co-writer/impact producer on the documentary GUILTY about Bali-9’s Myuran Sukumaran’s final paintings (Madman, LevelK 2018) which will screen at Deckchair cinema on World Day Against the Death Penalty – Wednesday 10th October 2018.


Penny Smallacombe

Head of Indigenous Screen Australia

NT Screen Summit Speaker

Capricornia Jury

Penny Smallacombe 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 SticksPenny’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 at Screen Australia, Penny was working as aSenior Programmer for NITV, National Indigenous Television, a division of SBS.

Rita Walsh

Producer, I Used To Be Normal

Rita Walsh’s credits include working as Associate Producer and Post Production Supervisor on Kitty Green’s Sundance and Berlinale-selected documentary Casting JonBenet, which premiered worldwide as a Netflix Original in April 2017.

Other credits include co-producing Stories I Want To Tell You In Person for Matchbox Pictures/NBCU and ABC TV, and Billie Pleffer’s short films FYSH and BINO. BINO received two awards at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for two AACTA Awards. FYSH was a finalist at BFI London Film Festival 2017.

Walsh was Intern Producer to Jan Chapman on Jane Campion’s Bright Star, and has production credits on Snowtown, Partisan, Kath and Kim, Mary & Max, Noise, Lake Mungo, Crackerjack, and others. She also produced a chapter of Tim Winton’s The Turning and was the Transmedia Producer on Partisan.

I Used to be Normal - A Boyband Fangirl Story is the result of a five year collaboration between director Jessica Leski and Walsh.

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