Festival Director – Chris Bishop
Originally from the Clare Valley, Chris has worked on a variety of projects ranging from short film dramas to dance films to documentaries in London. Chris completed a Masters in Design Studies at Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London. Chris was Director of Photography for the film Not Yet by Tito Sacchi, which was selected for the 2009 Palm Springs ShortFest in USA.
Festival Director – Seeta Indrani
Actor and director, Seeta began her career in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international hit, CATS, going on to work with companies such as The ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, The ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE and, RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY. A familiar face on our tv screens, with credits too numerous to mention, but best known for her nine year stint as WPC Datta in THE BILL and Lily Hassan in DOCTORS and more recently, The CAFE and EASTENDERS. Something of a Renaissance woman, Seeta decided she wanted to spend more time behind the camera and founded MashMosh Films in 2006 with Chris Bishop. They’ve had commissions from Sony Entertainment Television Asia, DJ Swami, as well as short films THE GOODBYE GIRLS with Nina Wadia, and FRIDAY, which highlighted Seeta’s flamenco background. Their most recent work, THE SWEENEY – The Life and Work of Jim Sweeney, is a feature length documentary about the Comedy Store Player and Impro Veteran, exploring his work and his experience of living with Multiple Sclerosis, with Eddie Izzard + Paul Merton. Seeta has just completed filming COVERT AFFAIRS starring Piper Perabo for the USA Network, playing Sana Wilcox.
Cinema Chair – Ian Roberts
Born and raised on a farm at Blyth in the State of South Australia, Ian is recognized as one of Australia’s premier bird painters. The combination in almost every art work of birds and flowers make his images somewhat unique in the world of bird painting. Ian is passionate about enhancing a sense of community in small towns, & providing city quality social activities.
Program Co-ordinator – Carolyn Choa
Credits include: Producer The Wisdom of Crocodiles, starring Jude Law. As a consultant for Miramax on several Chinese films, including Hero, director Zhang Yimou, The Zu Warriors, director Tsui Hark and The Promise, director Chen Kaige. For Sony Classic, she subtitled The Curse of the Golden Flower, director Zhang Yimou. In 2009 she translated Zhang Yimou’s new screenplay and was shortlisted for an Asian Women of Achievement Award.
Education Co-ordinator – Dan Bradley
Born in South Australia, Dan is a practicing artist, educator and filmmaker, who has been involved in filmmaking for 16 years. After completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in film, photography & painting, he worked as a freelancer. Primarily a cinematographer, Dan has been involved in numerous short films that have received state, national and international recognition. Currently teaching Media Studies, Visual Arts and Design at Clare High School.
Festival Co-ordinator – Mandy Keulen
Mandy has a background in Visual Art, Desktop Publishing, Advertising and Film. She is currently living in the Clare Valley and working as the Export Manager for Pikes Wines.
Committee Chair – Grant McAvaney
Grant McAvaney is a born and bred Clare Valley boy, and a long-time supporter of the Arts in the Clare Valley. Grant is not only an established media lawyer and university lecturer, but he is also an experienced public speaker who has been a popular ‘face’ of a variety of events.
Submissions – Marianne Andersen-Gursoy
Born and raised in Denmark, Marianne moved to London 11 years ago where she started working in the animation industry, before settling in to her role as Office Manager of an award winning architectural practice, PCKO. A keen fan of films and filmmaking, Marianne has completed several filmmaking courses in directing, producing and editing at Central Film School, London.