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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FRANCES MARIANI
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING MANAGER

Frances joined AIDC in July 2020 after over a decade spent working across the creative industries in media and communications roles. She has worked for organisations including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, National Gallery of Victoria, and Creative Victoria. An emerging short film producer, Frances’ work has screened at local and international film festivals. She holds tertiary qualifications in journalism and arts, and is an alumni of the Victorian College of the Arts Film & TV Foundations course.

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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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2021 Event Staff

Kim Munro
Conference Programmer

Kim’s love of documentary comes from the many curious ways it can frame and reflect the world around us. With a background in photography, art, linguistics and filmmaking, Kim’s work has screened on the ABC as well as local and international galleries and festivals. Kim has also written on a range of documentary styles, genres and forms, which have been published in books and journals, as well as The Conversation and Metro Magazine. For the last ten years, Kim has taught a variety of documentary and media courses at RMIT, Swinburne and Deakin universities, organised documentary events and symposia and run filmmaking workshops around climate change with UN Habitat. Kim has recently completed a PhD in expanded and participatory practices which focus around the intersection of documentary, technology and sound.
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MELANIE DIMATTINA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Melanie began her career at Mushroom Records before setting up DJ and live band touring and events agency Agent MAD. She creatively directed Agent MAD 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 overseas, Melanie has held ongoing positions on the event management teams of touring music festivals Stereosonic and So Frenchy So Chic. She undertook the role of Event Manager at AIDC in 2017 and 2019. She has recently held producer roles with events including The Australian Music Prize, The Australian Directors’ Guild Awards and Melbourne Fashion Week.

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Courtney Catherine
AWARDS COORDINATOR

Courtney Catherine is a young person of colour whose love of documentary formed from her commitment to activism and social justice. Courtney is an early career filmmaker who approaches documentary as a playful art form – she appreciates its capacity to cause deep self-reflection and mobilise people. With a background in events and personal assistant roles,  Courtney is able to combine her skills and passion into her work at AIDC. In addition to her life in film, Courtney can also be found acting in the theatre.

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Jacqueline Daniele
REGISTRATION & GUEST SERVICES COORDINATOR

With a passion for events and the arts, Jacqueline joined AIDC in 2017 as the conference intern and then returned in 2018 as the conference’s Registrations & Guest Services Coordinator. She recently returned from living in the UK where she worked in various customer operations roles and immersed herself in London’s live music scene. In addition to her background working for various music and art events, Jacqueline holds a degree in event management from the William Angliss Institute.

 

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MITCH HATTEN
Marketplace Coordinator

Joining AIDC in early 2018 a part of the marketing team, Mitch has been in the role of Marketplace Coordinator since 2019, helping to further AIDC’s connections with its members and the wider factual community. Graduating with a Bachelor of Communication specialising in Media Studies from Swinburne University of Technology, Mitch has a background working in production, communications and industry development with a range of media festivals and events.

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Board of Directors

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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KATE PAPPAS
CO-CHAIR

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 worked across a diverse and award-winning slate. Kate has subsequently Produced, Co-Produced, Series Produced and Line Produced over 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 Premier Fund/Madman Ent.) and 11 hours of blue-chip wildlife films with Wild Bear Entertainment.  Most recently, she worked at Genepool Productions on their development slate and is now an Executive Producer at WildBear Entertainment. In 2018, Kate established Wilding Productions, where she will pursue her passion for telling stories that illuminate the wonders of our natural world. She is currently Producer/Writer on interactive VR documentary Canopy: Love Letters To Our Trees which is now in development.

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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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ANDREW ARBUTHNOT

Andrew is Investment / Development Manager, Documentary, Screen Australia. Previously, Andrew worked for broadcasters and production companies including SBS Television, BBC, Channel 4, PolyGram Films, Nickelodeon, Foxtel, Southern Star Productions and Essential Media & Entertainment where he gained invaluable experience in development, production, marketing and distribution. As a Producer of both documentary and drama he has experience in managing and guiding projects and creative teams from development to delivery and marketing. From 2014 – 2016 Andrew worked for the SBS Outreach Department, firstly as a Producer then the Manager. During this time he worked closely with independent producers and the education sector to make factual content more readily and easily usable in the classroom and was responsible for implementing SBS Learn, a one-stop portal for Outreach and education content. In 2016, Andrew joined Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department as an Investment / Development Manager before joining the Documentary Department in 2017. As Investment Manager, Andrew has greenlit and managed numerous award-winning documentaries including The Australian Dream, Martha: A Picture Story, The Coming Back Out Ball and 3-part series Revelation for ABC TV.

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HOLLIE FIFER

Hollie’s award-winning documentaries have screened at festivals and have been broadcasted in Australia and internationally. The Opposition was Hollie’s debut feature documentary produced by Media Stockade. Its world premiere was at Hot Docs and IDFA in 2016 before winning 8 awards including the Grand Prize at FIFO, Best Feature at OzFlix Independent Film Awards and Best Feature Documentary at SPA 2017. The Opposition has screened in over 35 countries, developed an impact coalition with over 28 partners and achieved campaign goals including protagonist Joe Moses presenting at the UN Human Rights Council and being granted UK asylum.

Hollie has been a freelance tutor in Documentary Directing at NIDA and AFTRS; a Co-Director of The Artists Guild; expanded Doc Society’s Good Pitch into the Pacific region and is currently Director of Schoolhouse Studios in Melbourne. Most recently, she was selected for MECCA Shark Island M-Power Program; Doc Society’s Global Impact Producers Squad and is an active member of the Foundation for Young Australians community.

Hollie graduated with First Class Honours in her Bachelor of Film and Television (Hons) from Swinburne University and The Northern Film School in the UK. She was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship and won the University Award for Creative Excellence. Hollie also achieved a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Social Change and a Graduate Diploma of Documentary from AFTRS graduating with the Shark Island Prize for Best Social Impact Documentary.

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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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Kyas Hepworth

A cisgender Bundjalung woman who has spent her career in the screen and creative arts space, Kyas is currently employed at SBS as the Acting Head of NITV. She also retains her role as Senior Commissioning Editor, commissioning a diverse slate of unscripted, factual, children’s and scripted shorts content. Previously Kyas was AFTRS’ Head of Indigenous and a member of the executive team. She has also worked across feature films, documentaries, TV series and shorts. As an integral member of Screen Australia’s Indigenous department, Kyas helped bring popular and critically acclaimed content to international screens, including the TV series 8MMM, feature film The Darkside and documentary The Redfern StoryKyas was a development manager on Logie award-winning children’s animation series Little J and Big Cuz. She has worked with some of Australia’s most experienced and renowned Indigenous screen practitioners assisting them to get their projects from development through to production. 

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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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PAUL WIEGARD

Paul Wiegard co-founded Madman Entertainment in 1996, a leading independent distribution and rights management company for film and television with offices in Melbourne, Auckland & Berlin. Madman operates an
integrated business structure established on four key commercial pillars: Theatrical Distribution, Physical Media (DVD & Blu Ray), Digital and Ancillary sales. It has 80-plus staff and a turnover of $45 million per annum.

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