Staff & Board
Conference Director - Alice Burgin
Appointed as AIDC Conference Director in May 2017, Alice Burgin has over a decade's experience working in various programming capacities. She has worked for A-List festivals such as the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, The Hamptons International Film Festival, and Rooftop Films (USA). In 2016, she was promoted to Associate Shorts Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival (
Operations Manager - Megan Mohell
In 2015 Meg moved from Adelaide back to Melbourne to join AIDC in the role of Administration Manager. At the time, she’d spent three years as the Administrator for the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT). Prior to that, she spent two years in Melbourne honing her administration skills. And before that had an IT/Accounts role with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. It was there that Meg
Communications & Marketing Manager - Chris Harms
Chris joined AIDC after three years as Marketing Manager for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, a tenure that included the event's most successful staging in 30 years in 2014. His prior experience includes seven years as the Editor of a weekly music, arts, and film magazine, alongside a decade freelancing part-time in music and entertainment marketing. He studied screen production and writing at Griffith University and QUT - resulting in a short documentary about auto towing and a Channel [V] Clip Of The Week music video - and holds a Master of Global Media Communication degree from the University of Melbourne.
2018 Project Staff
Conference Programmer - Anna Jeffries
Since 2002, Anna has accumulated a range of experience in factual, drama, traditional and new platform formats, working as a producer, director, writer and researcher. Anna’s recent credits include Field Producer on Look Me In The Eye, Story Producer on Filthy Rich & Homeless, Field Producer on Long Lost Family, Associate Producer on Who Do You Think You Are? S8, Researcher on DNA Nation, and Story Associate Producer on Real Housewives of Melbourne S2. From 2009-2012, SBS broadcast Anna’s documentary Frohe Ostern! Happy Easter!, drawing unprecedentedly high ratings for an acquired single half-hour. Anna started out in the industry as a camera assistant, primarily to DOP Greig Fraser, after graduating from the VCA School of Film + TV in 2001.
Marketplace Manager - Danielle McCarthy
After beginning her career at Australia’s SBS Television in Acquisitions then Commissioning, Danielle’s more recent experience includes liaison and producing roles at the Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. She has also been involved in film programming at Australia's SBS Television and the Tribeca Film Festival. Having worked on Steve McQueen's award-winning film Shame, she was also a producer and first AD on Australian feature EXIT and made her own short film Old War, which garnered the Audience Award at Down Under Berlin.
Event Manager - Natasha Gadd
Natasha’s passion for documentary traverses two decades of experience working across production, programming, festival curation and distribution. In 2005, she co-founded Daybreak Films, a Melbourne based film production company dedicated to creating independent, engaging and innovative film and moving image content. She has directed and produced award-winning feature documentaries including Words From The City and Murudak: Songs of Freedom as well as half hour docs for ABC, SBS and Foxtel. Natasha’s involvement in the screen culture sector includes roles as Public Programs Manager and Cinema Programmer at ACMI, Board Member of the NFSA and the Director of REAL: Life on Film, Australia’s premier national documentary festival.
Registrations and Guest Services Coordinator - Jacqueline Daniele
Jacqueline recently completed a Bachelor of Event Management at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne. She joined the AIDC team as an intern for the 2017 event and has returned as Registrations and Guest Services Coordinator for 2018. Prior to AIDC, Jacqueline has worked and volunteered for some of Melbourne’s leading music events, such as Melbourne Music week, So Frenchy So Chic and St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
Board Of Directors
Co-Chair - Fiona Gilroy
Since beginning at Film Australia in 1989 as Sales & Marketing Operations Manager, Fiona has built strong relationships with producers and international content buyers. As Content Sales Manager at SBS from 1996, she worked to market drama and documentary content across all platforms worldwide. Establishing her consultancy business Fi'sAbility in 2009, Fiona worked with independent producers to maximise commercial opportunities for their content and explore new business models. In 2011 she joined Flame Media startup Flame Distribution as Content Sales & Acquisitions Director, developing Flame's catalogue of 2,500 hours of unscripted content created by over 100 independent filmmakers from around the world.
Co-Chair - Denise Eriksen
Denise Eriksen has been Head of Factual and Head of Current Affairs at the ABC, Head of Production and Development at SBS, and made programmes for Seven, Nine, Ten and Foxtel over her lengthy career - which also took her to the UK for many years. She has trained TV professionals in many genres in Australia and around the world, and is the MC of TV Talks for AFTRS in Sydney. She recently revived her original career as a journalist, contributing toThe New Daily and as a panellist for Radio National’sTV Club, among other outlets.
Treasurer - Frank Filosi
Frank Filosi is the General Manager Adelaide, Perth and Operations for Network Ten. He has 30 years experience working in the television industry and throughout his career has held the positions of Assistant Accountant, Company Accountant, Director of Finance/Company Secretary, and General Manager. Frank also represents Network Ten on various joint venture Company Boards and management committees, including TX Australia Pty. Ltd., a joint venture that manages the transmission sites and facilities of the three commercial broadcasters across Australia. He has extensive Board experience with organisations involved in the marketing, promotional and charitable sectors.
Secretary - Janine Pearce
Janine practiced in the areas of securities, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property at the New York and Tokyo offices of Cleary Gottlieb, before moving to Showtime Networks in New York, where she managed television distribution contracts and advised on advertising, antitrust, copyright and trademark law. Janine moved to Sydney in 1998 and worked at the FFC, predecessor to Screen Australia, advising on the FFC's investment in feature films and television drama until 2006. She currently operates a sole practice, JP Media Law and Consulting, where she represents creators and producers of film and television projects and advises on all aspects of media law and financing. Janine acted as Executive Producer on two feature films, Road Train and The Reef, and is a partner in Chesterfield Offset Finance.
Kingston is currently the CEO of the Australian Directors Guild and Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collection Society. He has produced a number of documentary programs for Australian television including the series Taxi School for SBS Television Australia and A Frontier Conversation and Kulka for National Indigenous Television (NITV). He was also one of the producers on the SBS drama Aftershocks.
Mandy is the Commissioning Editor of BBC Storyville - the broadcaster's flagship global documentary strand. She is also the Head of Documentary Acquisitions for the BBC. Mandy was previously Head of ABC Arts in Australia, overseeing the TV Arts department and its digital Arts channel. She has commissioned and executive produced many
Clement is a solicitor at the firm of Marshalls + Dent, where he works exclusively in the field of film and television law. He has provided legal services on several recent documentaries, including Putuparri and the Rainmakers, Highly Strung, Motorkite Dreaming, Embrace, The Family, and The Search for Life in Space 3D. He has also worked on numerous feature films, including Oddball, Holding the Man, Jungle, Winchester and Lion. His executive producer credits include the Australian thrillers Rabbit and The School.
Dr. Cathy Henkel
Dr. Cathy Henkel is Director of the WA Screen Academy at Edith Cowan University. She has worked as a documentary producer/director and writer for 26 years and founded boutique screen industries company Virgo Productions. Her credits include The Burning Season (IF Award Best Documentary, Emmy nomination 2008), I told you I was ill: Spike Milligan, and The Man who Stole my Mother’s Face (IF Award, Tribeca Film Festival Best Feature Documentary Award 2004). Her most recent credits are Show Me the Magic and Rise of the Eco-Warriors. Her many awards include SPA Documentary Producer of the Year (2009), an ACS Award, and numerous AFI and ATOM nominations and awards.
Susie Jones recently stepped into the role of Commissioning Editor, Documentaries at SBS. Before joining SBS, Susie spent four years at Matchbox Pictures overseeing the development of unscripted productions for various networks. Prior to her time at Matchbox, Susie worked over ten years as a freelance producer and director for a range of content across SBS, ABC, Network Ten, Nine Network, Seven Network and the Discovery Channel. As well as a strong track record in factual entertainment, in 2010 her documentary for the ABC, Rudely Interrupted, was nominated for an AFI award.
Douglas has been actively working in the film and television industry for over 20 years, including producing and directing multiple series for ABC and NITV. He established the film and video production unit Double Wire Productions in 2000, and has written and produced dramas that have screened at film festivals around the world. His most recent work, the feature documentary ELLA, premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2016, and screened nationally at CinefestOZ WA, Canberra International Film Festival, Brisbane Asian Pacific Film Festival, and theatres Australia-wide. He is currently working on his next documentary feature, alongside producing his next NITV series, and also directing a VR drama based on his family for SBS Untold Australia.