STAFF & BOARD

MEET THE THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CONFERENCE

Management Team

ALICE BURGIN
CEO/CONFERENCE DIRECTOR

Alice Burgin is the current CEO/Conference Director of the Australian International Documentary Conference. She has over a decade of experience in the film and television industry in Australia and overseas, as well as a dual research PhD. in film funding policy awarded from the University of Melbourne/Université de Paris X, France. She has programmed a number of film festivals across three continents, including co-curating the France Noire/Black France Film Festival in Paris, programming at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival, Rooftop Films (New York City), and the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, and an Associate Programmer at Tribeca Film Festival. She completed two seasons on the selection committee of PBS’ award-winning documentary series POV, and has worked as an Impact Producer at Borderline Media before becoming Campaign Director for Emmy-Award nominated documentary filmmaker Lee Hirsch. In 2016, she moved back to Melbourne to become AIDC’s Conference Programmer, and was appointed CEO/Conference Director the following year. She is on the selection committee of Creative Victoria’s Screen Creative Grant and Chair’s the Department of Film and Animation Course Advisory Committee for the Swinburne University of Technology.

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MEGAN MOHELL
OPERATIONS MANAGER

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 realised she was happiest working in a creative, not-for- profit environment – so, the IT and pharmacy study that came before went out the window, and … she’s never looked back.

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NATASHA GADD
PARTNERSHIPS & INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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, Event Manager for AIDC, Board Member of the NFSA and the Director of REAL: Life on Film, Australia’s premier national documentary festival.

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CHRIS HARMS
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING MANAGER

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.

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2019 Event Staff

MELANIE HORKAN
CONFERENCE PROGRAMMER

Melanie Horkan is the Conference Programmer at the Australian International Documentary Conference. She has extensive experience working in the Australian and international market as a producer. She worked with Fathom Film Group in Toronto for three years, where she produced a documentary called My Enemy, My Brother (Academy Award short-listed; Emmy News & Documentary nominated, Tribeca, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015). Previously, Melanie worked on Google and the World Brain with Polar Star Films in Barcelona, a feature-length documentary for the BBC4, ARTE France, ZDF, which premiered at Sundance 2013 and screened at 60 festivals worldwide. Prior to moving to Barcelona, Melanie worked as an Interactive Producer at Spinifex Interactive and Leo Burnetts where she produced a range of interactive installations and websites. Melanie has also worked as the Head of Video Curation for TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House.

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DANIELLE MCCARTHY
Marketplace Manager

Joining AIDC in 2016 to oversee the marketplace, Danielle has worked both internationally and in Australia for over a decade. Her past work at film festivals has included producing and liaison roles at Tribeca, Sundance, TIFF, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. Prior to joining the festival world she worked on Steve McQueen’s award-winning film Shame, and was also a producer and first AD in Australia. She has worked with features programming at the Tribeca Film Festival and at SBS Television, where she began her career after graduating from the University of Melbourne (BA Cinema Studies). She also holds a Master of Communications Law from the University of Technology Sydney.

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MELANIE DIMATTINA
EVENT MANAGER

Melanie began her career at Mushroom Records before setting up DJ and live band touring and events agency Agent MAD which she creatively directed for 10 years before moving to Paris to undertake the role of head of business development for an online music streaming service. Since returning from Paris Melanie has held ongoing positions on the event management teams of touring music festivals Stereosonic and So Frenchy So Chic.  In the last year she has held roles in partnership and event management with The Australian Music Prize, So Frenchy So Chic festival, The Australian Directors’ Guild Awards and recently produced the Pop Up Runway shows for Melbourne Fashion Week 2018.

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BRITTNEY MONTAG
PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Brittney is originally from The United States where she first found her love for film and events, starting her career at a small independent film festival in San Francisco, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Media at the University of San Francisco. She relocated to Australia in 2015 and continued to navigate the film industry through festivals including The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, The Melbourne International Film Festival and is now in her third year with AIDC. In 2018 Brittney produced the ACCESS Mentorship program and the VR + Marketplace along with fulfilling her role as the Production Coordinator. Brittney will be taking on the role of Program Coordinator in 2019. She splits her time between AIDC and Genepool Productions, an award-winning documentary production company specialising in science programming.

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LAURA BONDE PEDERSEN
Registration and Guest Services Coordinator

Laura completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Media Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2016. While studying, she worked at EDN’s DOX Magazine and interned for the documentary distribution initiative, DOXBIO. Laura moved to Australia shortly after graduating and has spent the past years working in festival and award coordination, where her primary focus has been on cinema from the Asia-Pacific region. As the newest member of the AIDC team, Laura will be performing the role of Registration and Guest Services Coordinator for the 2019 conference.

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MITCH HATTEN
Marketplace Coordinator

Mitch joined AIDC in early 2018 as a Marketplace Assistant and has been in the role of Marketplace Coordinator for both 2019 and now 2020, helping to further AIDC’s connections with its members and the wider factual community. Mitch graduated with a Bachelor of Communication specialising in Media Studies from Swinburne University of Technology and has a background in the production of children’s television entertainment. Mitch has also worked across marketing and communications for digital agencies working with clients from a range of industries.

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Board of Directors

FIONA GILROY
CO-CHAIR

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.

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SUSIE JONES
CO-CHAIR

Susie Jones joined SBS as commissioning editor of documentaries within the television and online content division in 2016. Since joining SBS Susie has commissioned a range of documentaries including Who Do You Think You Are? (series 9), The Ghan, Secrets of Our Cities, Fair Game, Untold Australia and The Obesity Myth among others.

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CLEMENT DUNN
SECRETARY

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.

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CAROLYN JOHNSON
TREASURER

Producer of the 2017 Academy Award-nominated Tanna, Carolyn has worked as EP, line producer and producer on many acclaimed documentaries and dramas, including The Last Goldfish, which premiered in the documentary competition at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival, and A Sense of Self, A Law Unto Himself, Madhattan, Stumbling in Hillary’s Footsteps, First Footprints, Are You My Mother, Son of a Lion and many others. Carolyn trained in producing at AFTRS. Prior to joining the film and TV industry, she had a business career including five years in finance with Macquarie Bank. She is based in Adelaide and has a slate of new documentary projects in development.

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KINGSTON ANDERSON

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.

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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.

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JOSIE MASON-CAMPBELL

Josie is the Head of Non-Scripted Production for the ABC. Before joining the ABC, Josie was instrumental in the production of Foxtel’s non-scripted slate including successful programs such as Gogglebox, The Great Australian Bake-Off and Coast Australia, along with the original productions Uncharted with Sam Neill, Local Justice, The Archibald and Genepool Productions’ Lawless. She also supervised lifestyle factual series including Grand Designs Australia, Village Vets, River Cottage Australia, and Selling Houses Australia. Previously, Josie worked in the independent production sector, producing shows in a variety of genres for Networks 7, 9, 10, ABC, SBS and Foxtel.

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DOUGLAS WATKIN

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 award wining feature documentary Ella premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2016, and screened nationally at Cinefest OZ WA, Canberra International Film Festival, Brisbane Asian Pacific Film Festival, theatres Australia-wide and on demand on Virgin Inflight Entertainment. His VR experience A Thin Black Line featured in the 2018 Adelaide Biennial, also showcased at AIDC 2018. He is currently VP, Content (Indigenous Stories & Talent) at Screen Queensland and is working on his next Feature documentary.

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KATE PAPPAS

Kate is a hands-on Creative Producer whose dedication to understanding the world around her has led to a rewarding career in documentary filmmaking. Since cutting her teeth in London in the wonderful world of kids’ science TV, she has subsequently Produced, Co-Produced, Series Produced and Line Produced close to 30 hours of television and works regularly with Genepool Productions, WildBear Entertainment, Chemical Media and Renegade Films. Recent credits include art/science documentary Deception By Design (ABC/OFT); feature documentary Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy (NiTV/MIFF Premiere Fund/Madman Ent.) and 11 hours of blue-chip wildlife films with WildBear Entertainment. As well as producing films, Kate is dedicated to mentoring emerging filmmakers and keeping abreast of the evolving broadcast landscape, including new mediums such as VR. Most recently, she joined Genepool Productions as Creative Producer working on Vitamania (SBS/CS/Arte) and their current development slate. In 2018, Kate established Wilding Productions, where she will pursue her passion for telling stories that illuminate the wonders of our natural world.

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