Jo-Anne Brechin’s passion for filmmaking was recognized early in her career by the Cockatoo Island Film Festival, where she was named Young Filmmaker Of the Year for 2013. Since then, she has an impressive array of short films, documentaries and music videos which have screened across Australia and around the world. A graduate of AFTRS, Jo-Anne has been able to attract funding for her projects, including films which have won Official Selection screenings at St Kilda Film Festival, Byron Bay Film Festival, Los Angeles IndieFEST Awards and more. Last year, Jo-Anne was awarded Best Documentary at the Nova Focus On Ability short film competition. As a freelance writer, director and producer, Jo-Anne continues to partner with nonprofits and community organisations to create online videos and social media content.
Claire is a writer in exile who has spent the last decade travelling, working and writing around the world. This is not nearly as glamorous as it sounds and usually involves scraping by on a diet of muesli and cheap wine. Her short fiction, travel stories and creative non-fiction have been published in Australia, the US and the UK. Claire is a graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, and has worked in television and news production in New York.
Emma is a young cinematographer based in Sydney. Emma’s love of film began in the darkroom, developing an eye for lighting and composition from black and white photography. Since graduating with a Graduate Diploma in Cinematography from the Australian Film, Television and Radio school in 2011 she has further specialised in shorts, music video, fashion film and branded content. She recently won both Gold and Silver Awards and the Golden Tripod from the Australian Cinematographers Society, in the Web Content and New Media category
Tim Lloyd has over four decades of experience as a sound recordist with his company Sound Asleep. He has worked on many major overseas and local feature films, including 15 Amore, Reckless Kelly, and Newsfront, with acclaimed directors such as Phillip Noyce and George Miller. Tim’s extensive work in television includes McLeod’s Daughters and Dance Academy 1, 2 and 3. His film and television projects have frequently been nominated for Best Sound at the AFI awards. Tim’s career has been driven by a genuine passion for sound and a dedication to mentoring the next generation of filmmakers.
Adrian Powers is an Australian film editor and director. A graduate of the International Film School Sydney (now the Academy of Film Theatre & Television), several of his films have screened & won accolades at film festivals across the globe. In 2012, his short film Scruples screened at the 69th Venice Film Festival as part of a collaboration between YouTube and Sir Ridley Scott. He has worked as editor on the feature films Forbidden Ground (released worldwide through Lionsgate Entertainment), Skin Deep (officially selected to screen at the 2014 Austin Film Festival), Embedded (officially selected to screen at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival) and Spirit of the Game (shortlisted for the 2016 AACTA Awards). He has also edited the first three episodes of the fifth season of internationally acclaimed web-series Starting From Now, as well as numerous corporate videos, music videos and documentaries.
Christine Cheung is a Sydney based editor. She got her first break as an Assistant Editor on the animation film Happy Feet. Gaining further experience working on feature films such as Australia, Animal Kingdom, Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Tomorrow When the War Began, The Great Gatsby and The Water Diviner. She has cut the short films Cryo and Le Petit Chef, and most recently Red Rover which was a finalist for the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival.
David works professionally as a Multimedia Producer and is currently studying Screen and Media at Sydney Film School. Prior to working with us he’s been involved in community theatre and trained with Darlo Drama, NIDA Open (Screen Acting) and AFTRS Open (Production). He brings a wealth of experience from the corporate production space where he has won awards for his video work. He also whips up a mean espresso martini.
Margo’s extensive works as producer include major commercial campaigns for Toyota, Nestle, Universal Pictures, Colgate, SBS and more. Her short films have been selected for prestigious festivals, her most recent work was selected for Melbourne International Film Festival (2015), Sydney Film Festival (2015), BFI London (2015) & Raindance Film Festival (2015). Her music video works have been nominated for Best Video Aria (2014) and have received over 30 million views.
Kristi was acting for 15 years before moving behind the camera in 2012. She is currently completing her Diploma of Screen Media at the International Film School Sydney where she is studying screenwriting, directing & producing. Having worked in all areas of a film set, she has a particular passion for Camera Assisting.