Starburst film festival and filmmaking symposium
a growing number of symposium panelists including:
- Victoria Wharfe McIntyre Victoria is a director, writer and producer. Her films have screened in over 200 festivals and won over 70 International awards including BAFTA and AACTA. Her debut feature ‘The Flood’ premiered at PÖFF Tallin Black Nights International Film Festival Official Selection in 2020 and received Best Director and Best Actor awards at Sydney Women’s International Film Festival and received a Best Supporting Actor nomination in the 2020 AACTA awards. ‘The Flood’ began a theatrical run December 2020 and appeared in David Stratton’s Best Films of 2020 piece for The Australian newspaper. Sally Regan Ms Regan has over 30 years experience working in the screen production sector. She has produced film and television in Australia, Europe, Asia and America and has, for the past five years, been a Drama Investment Manager at Screen Australia. Previously Ms Regan worked as a Development and Production Executive at Screen NSW working across documentary, features and television drama and she was, from 1999 to 2003, Business Affairs Manager of Documentary Production at Film Australia, responsible for over production of over $6 million a year. Her producer credits include the multi-award winning theatrical feature documentary thriller Forbidden Lie$ and she also co-produced the international Russell Crowe-featured series The Colour Of War, and produced the ABC documentaries National Treasures, Korean ANZAC, Peter Berner’s Loaded Brush, Road To Tokyo and Nerves of Steel, amongst others.
- HaiHa Le
- HaiHa Le is an Actor and TV Editor based in the Blue Mountains. She has been a series regular on TV shows such as ‘Boy Swallows Universe’ (Netflix), ‘Back To The Rafters' (Amazon Prime), 'Bed of Roses' (ABC), 'Kick' (SBS) and 'Neighbours' (Fremantle Media). She has had guest roles on popular Australian TV shows such as; Hungry Ghosts (SBS), Mr Inbetween 2 (FX Network), '7 Types of Ambiguity' (ABC), Hard Ball (ABC), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (ABC), Sea Patrol (Network 10) and many more. On the main stage, HaiHa has worked with companies such as Melbourne Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre and Malthouse Theatre to name a few. She toured the theatrical hit 'Rupert' to the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. As an editor HaiHa has worked at SBS Insight, Australian Geographic, Northern Pictures to name a few. In 2022, HaiHa and her husband Guy Edmonds established the Blue Mountains Screen Hub, which aims to deliver quality training in Screen Acting and Screenwriting in the Blue Mountains/Western Sydney Region. Mike Honey There’s not such thing as a short bio about Mike! Mike Honey has a wide experience of post-production spanning several decades and has spent many years as a film editor working in both Australia and Canada on award winning drama and documentary projects. He has edited eight feature films and been nominated for three AFI awards for the The Custodian directed by John Dingwall, Waiting directed by Jacki McKimmie and Rebel directed by Michael Jenkins.His television work includes The Leaving of Liverpool, GP, Spring and Fall and The Scales of Justice. Mike was one of the first editors to embrace non-linear editing in Australia working on Touch Vision at Spectrum Films Willoughby.
- Scotty Wilcox
- Scotty is an image specialist with decades of experience in computer graphics, video post production and computer visual effects. He's worked in the background with many directors, agencies and clients within Australia and internationally on cinema commercials, television commercials, exhibition displays, stadium screen content, documentaries, short films, music videos and mobile phone content. Although he's known mostly in the industry for visual effects supervision, 3D animation and post production, he has been adapting to the changing industry and he now covers live action direction with a large cast through the entire post production process to a final master. He's also a musician, playing bass guitar in the three piece blues band ‘That Old Chestnut’. Amanda Hood Amanda Hood is an award-winning Australian comedy writer and director. A graduate of the prestigious UCLA film school, Amanda made documentaries for the BBC in London and freelanced on feature films, tv series and commercials before pursuing her passion for improv comedy. Amanda’s films have screened at major film festivals and on television sets around the world. In 2017, Amanda won the Australian Director's Guild Metroscreen Open Fellowship and took part in an intensive program where she pitched her projects to producers, managers, agents and studio execs. Amanda was a finalist in the Page International Screenwriting Awards with her feature script Baby Boomers which placed in the top ten (comedy category) out of more than 6,000 scripts from around the world. She is currently in development on her first feature film. Amanda has just returned from New York City where she wrote and directed five short films in five weeks.
- Genevieve Clay-Smith Genevieve is an Australian director and writer who is known for making inclusive films and telling stories that carefully knit together pathos and humor. She began her career at the age of 18 when she was hired to make a documentary for the not-for-profit organization, Down Syndrome N.S.W. Since then she has been a dedicated advocate for inclusion, authentic casting and diversity in the film and media industries. Her work has been screened at the United Nations and has won over sixty awards. She first rose to national attention in 2009 when she won Best Film at Tropfest, Australia's largest short film festival with her critically acclaimed and inclusively made student film, Be My Brother. To date her work delicately explores themes to do with social prejudice, isolation, reconciliation, the family unit, disability, and the refugee experience.
- Lutfi Hady
- Lutfi has an outstanding background in digital media production, having worked in the industry since 1999, with a broad skill-set in broadcast, video, photography, animation and design. He has worked as a technical director, cinematographer and creative director for various media and production companies both in Australia and the UK, including Sky News, ITV News, Fremantle Media, Channel 9, Network Ten, ABC, SBS and Yahoo!7. Lutfi also teaches for TAFE NSW, where he shares his passion for the creative arts with his students. Lutfi is a senior vocational education provider at TAFENSW with a broad background in Broadcast and Media Production, Cinematography, Photography and Design with over 22 years in the industry, both in Australia and in the UK.