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2010 Judges

Hannah HilliardHannah_Hilliard_1_bw_web_170pxl


Hannah’s first film Blame won several awards on the film festival circuit and was subsequently sold for broadcast. The NSW FTO further endorsed Hannah’s work by awarding her a Young Filmmakers Fund grant towards her 20 - minute drama Search.

Search premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, screened at numerous international festivals including the Creteil International Women's Festival, Paris, and was also sold to international broadcasters.


Wanting to explore directing opportunities in television Hannah undertook an attachment on The Secret Life of Us. She continued her relationship with Southern Star Entertainment researching and developing concepts for drama series with producers John Edwards, Amanda Higgs and Judi McCrossin, and directing the title sequence for the mini series The Surgeon.


In 2007 Hannah completed a Masters of Arts in Film Directing at AFTRS. Following this she premiered her 35mm drama Mockingbird at Flickerfest 2008 which also screened in competition at the St Tropez Film Festival before being nominated for an Atom Award.


Since finishing film school Hannah has directed 16 episodes of Neighbours and completed the Screen Australia funded short film Franswa Sharl which premiered at Flickerfest winning the If Media award for Most Popular Film. Franswa Sharl won the prestigious Crystal Bear Award at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival as well as being nominated for the Teddy Award.


Hannah loves to create drama that investigates the complexities of human relationships.


Pia Miranda MIRANDA_Pia


Pia Miranda is an award-winning actress whose career was launched with her successful 2000 role in the feature film Looking for Alibrandi, an Australian film based on the novel by Melina Marchetta. The movie received critical acclaim, with Pia Miranda receiving the Australian Film Institute Award in 2000 for Best Actress for her performance. Pia’s other movie projects include The Tender Hook, Three Blind Mice, Garage Days, Travelling Light, The Girl Who Swallowed Bees and Right Here Right Now.


In 1998 Pia received a Bachelor of Arts in drama and philosophy at Victoria University. She also studied  speech and drama at The Atlantic Theatre Company in New York.

Though Pia is best known as a film actress, she has also featured in some of Australia's leading television series.  She was a recurring guest star on the long-running drama All Saints in 1998, and the popular Australian drama The Secret Life of Us, playing Talia. Pia has also been featured in Grass Roots,  Bondi Banquet and Neighbours.


Most recently in 2009, Pia has completed filming on a new feature film Surviving Georgia and starred in the short film Nic and Shauna, alongside Ryan Johnson and directed by Alyssa McClelland. Nic and Shauna were 2010 Tropfest finalists.




Bruce Beresford bruce_beresford

Bruce Beresford was born in Sydney and is a graduate of Sydney University. He worked for the British Film Institute, London, and directed his first feature film, THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY MCKENZIE, in 1972. Since then, he has directed over 20 more feature films, including BREAKER MORANT, THE GETTING OF WISDOM, DON'S PARTY, THE CLUB, PUBERTY BLUES, TENDER MERCIES, CRIMES OF THE HEART, DRIVING MISS DAISY, BRIDE OF THE WIND, PARADISE ROAD, BLACK ROBE, EVELYN, DOUBLE JEOPARDY, "Just to name a few".


He was nominated for an Academy Award for the script of BREAKER MORANT & the direction of TENDER MERCIES. DRIVING MISS DAISY won the Academy Award for Best film in 1990. BLACK ROBE won the Canadian award for Best film & best Director in 1992. His latest film, MAO’S LAST DANCER, from the autobiography of the ballet dancer Li Cunxin, will be released in 2009.


Bruce has also directed a number of operas, including RIGOLETTO for Los Angeles Opera, GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST for the Spoleto Festival, ELEKTRA for South Australian Opera, SWEENEY TODD for Portland Opera, THE CRUCIBLE for Washington Opera, COLD SASSY TREE for Houston Grand Opera and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE for Opera Australia. In February, 2009, he directed the play MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS for Melbourne Theatre Company.



Garry Maddoxgarry_maddox


Garry Maddox is the film writer for 'The Sydney Morning Herald'.

He's also a former policy manager for the 'Film Finance Corporation' and editor of 'Encore Magazine' and 'Total Sport'.




Luke Eveluke_eve_bio


Luke is one of Australia’s most exciting and in-demand young directors and producers, with a number of his short films screened, and awarded prizes, in film festivals around the globe. Luke began his career working as a freelance photographer. His passion for film lead him to make the jump in 1999, when he teamed up with collaborator Nicola Daley to form the production company, More Sauce. Luke was then accepted by the AFTRS to consolidate on his independent success. His time there was spent concentrating on script development and drama production. He has a number of feature films and television series in development both as a producer and a director. He was the recipient of an AFC funded internship with This is That productions in New York City and his film Australian Summer was the winner of Tropfest 2005. He is currently running More Sauce and working as a freelance director on high end commercials and high profile music videos with Sydney production company Jungle Boys. He has just completed directing his first television show for SBS called Dave in the Life.