Jurists

2021 Microflix jurists are:

LAUREN HAMILTON NEILL

Lauren Hamilton

Lauren is an actor who trained in Music Theatre at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Her acting credits include ‘Deadly Women’,‘Brothers in Arms: Bikie Wars’, ‘Gods of Wheat St’, and ‘Busy As Usual: The Web Series’. In 2019, Lauren was in Los Angeles to receive the award of Best Actress International for her work in a short film, ‘A Remarkable Career’, co-starring Zoe Carides.

FREYA BERKHOUT

Freya Berkhout

Freya is a multi-award-winning composer. Her passion is manifesting profound, emotional experiences, creating sonic worlds from the dark and enigmatic to the delicate and transcendental. She revels in bold, celebratory intersectional feminist and queer narratives. Her scores have screened internationally at Cannes, Warsaw and BFI Film Festivals.

WILL SIMON

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Will Simon is a teacher and writer who lives in Tasmania. He completed his PhD on the adaptation of Australian literature into film. His forthcoming new book, Screening the Man, examines 40 years of masculinity in Australian cinema. Will is currently working on a book on the screen art of Meryl Streep. He reviews films at Dr Simon’s Fine Film Files @FineFilmFiles.

SUSAN DANTA

Susan Danta (nee Kim) is an award-winning animator and educator. Her films ‘Heirlooms’, ‘Mother Tongue’, ‘Driving Home’ and ‘Shadowplay’ have screened at a number of international and local film festivals. These films were created using a variety of traditional and digital techniques. She completed a Masters of Digital Media at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (2007) and a Postgraduate Diploma (Animation) at the Victorian College of the Arts (1999). Susan has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery (animated self-portrait exhibition); Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Australian Culture Now); The 4th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (Seeing There – Diasporic Sites); and the Smithsonian Institute USA (Animated Shorts Down-Under – An Australian Retrospective). She is currently Course Leader (Postgraduate) at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

2020

FATIMA MAWAS

Fatima Mawas Jurist 2020

Fatima Mawas is an Australian filmmaker born and raised in Sydney’s Western suburb of Lakemba. Fatima’s films take on the themes of identity, racism, war, sexuality, religion and spirituality. A graduate of COFA, AFTRS and the VCA, their short film Amar is currently streaming on SBS On Demand. They are currently in development on a web series titled The Backroom which is being commissioned by SBS and Film Victoria.

ROMINA ACCURSO

Romina Accurso

Romina is an AWGIE nominated screenwriter, who has worked across many Australian television dramas and comedies, including HOME AND AWAY, NEIGHBOURS, HERE COME THE HABIBS, and LOVE CHILD. Her feature length screenplay SOMEWHERE OVER THE… was a quarterfinalist in the international BlueCat Screenplay competition, 2012, her 2013 play SET – A Whodunit Soap Opera, ran for several weeks at NIDA’s Parade Theatre and in 2018 her original concept POSITIVE – a half-hour dramedy about a woman living with HIV – was shortlisted into the Create NSW/ABC Half-hour Drama Development Initiative.

WILLIAM SIMON

Will Simon is a teacher and writer who lives in Tasmania. He completed his PhD on the adaptation of Australian literature into film. His forthcoming new book, Screening the Man, examines 40 years of masculinity in Australian cinema. Will is currently working on a book on the screen art of Meryl Streep.

“I am fascinated with how screen adaptations engage audiences and, particularly, the shifts of ideology involved in the adaptation process.”

2019

FENELLA KERNEBONE

Mircoflix Jurist Fenella Kernebone

Fenella Kernebone is an Ideas Curator, Presenter, MC, Producer and Speaker. She is currently the Head of Curation for TEDxSydney responsible for leading the programming for one of the largest TEDx events in the world. She is also the host of Lumina, a new podcast for AFTRS about how tech innovations challenge and shape the way we share stories.

‘I loved last year’s Microflix program so much and I am thrilled to be invited to be one of the judges for 2019!’

STEPHANIE KING

Microflix Jurist Stephanie King

Stephanie King is a writer, performer and filmmaker living and working between Gadigal, Nyul Nyul, Bunuba and Gooniyandi country. Her critically-acclaimed documentary Undermined – Tales from the Kimberley was recently released in cinemas around the country, after premiering at Melbourne International Film Festival and winning the Antenna Film Festival Audience Award.

‘I am thrilled to be joining the panel judging Microflix in 2019. The short short is unique in the opportunities it affords for formal play and innovation, and I can’t wait to see what this year’s filmmakers will bring!’

WILLIAM SIMON

Will Simon is a teacher and writer who lives in Tasmania. He completed his PhD on the adaptation of Australian literature into film. His forthcoming new book, Screening the Man, examines 40 years of masculinity in Australian cinema. Will is currently working on a book on the screen art of Meryl Streep.