Chayan Sarkar was awarded 'La Connaissance De La France' for his cultural excellence by the French Government, 'National Multicultural Marketing Award' by New South Wales Govt., Australia. Chayan's recent Australian feature film 'The Sleeping Warrior' was nominated for 'Golden Pegasus' award in Peloponnesian International Film Festival and 'Golden Aphrodite' award in Cyprus International Film Festival. 'The Sleeping Warrior' won 'Best Feature Film', 'Best Direction' and 'Best in Show' awards in Chico Independent Film Festival, California in 2013. 'The Sleeping Warrior' brings out the strong political land rights issues about the lost sacred ancestral and spiritual dreaming sites of First Nations people and the film was made with the support from Australian Indigenous media legend Tiga Bayles. Chayan has a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Griffith University, Australia, a Superior Diploma in Modern French Literature from Alliance Francaise. Sarkar has been promoting Queensland to Indian film industry for many years and was the man behind the extraordinary organisation and execution of Indian Screen Legend Dr.Amitabh Bachchan's historical visit to Brisbane in 2011 along with Queensland Govt. and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) when the megastar received his Honorary Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology.
Artistic Director & Founder
Michael Hawkins is a company director of diverse commercial experience. In addition to being the Executive Chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, his roles include Executive Director of the National Association of Cinema Operators – Australasia, Chair of the Australian International Movie Convention and Director of the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation Ltd. He is also the Deputy-Chair of Screen Queensland and a member of the Advisory Board to HLB Chessboard. He serves on the Foundations of the Queensland State Library and the University of Queensland Diamantina Research Institute. He was formerly CEO of Australian Multiplex Cinemas Ltd and also served for many years as an Executive Councillor of the Australian Entertainment Industry Association. He is a lawyer by training and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
IIFFOQ Well wishers
Anup Kumar Mukhopadhyay, a graduate of Film and TV Institute of India (FTII) attended training in Television film & video programming from Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, Kualalumpur. He worked at Doordarshan (Indian National Govt. TV channel) and at National Film Development Corporation (India). Former Dean of Satyajit Ray Film and TV Institute in India, Mr. Mukhopadhayay has recorded, designed and re-recorded for film legends like Satayajit Ray, Lifetime Achievement Oscar Winner & Mrinal Sen, ex-Jury (Berlin Film Festival), Jury Prize winner at Cannes Film Festival. Mukhopadhayay worked with some of the best movie directors of India e.g., Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Tapan Sinha, Tarun - Majumder, Goutam Ghose, Aparna Sen, Sandip Ray, Goutam Halder, Shekhar Das, Koushik Ganguli, Bratya Basu, Anjan Das, Rituparno Ghosh. He designed and mixed final sound tracks for more than 300 feature films and received National Award from Honble President of India for Best Audiography four times, Best Audiography award from E TV for the film ”Utsav” directed by Rituparno Ghosh, Special film award from Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal (India) for his achievement in Sound designing and mixing. Presently he is part of the guest faculty of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute of Govt. of India. He is in the Advisory Board & technical committee of Kolkata (Calcutta) International Film Festival.
Mark Melrose has been involved in the entertainment industry for 18 years. His experience includes managing large scale events and festival both on a national and international stage. For the past 4 years MDM Consulting Group has been using Mark's experience in consulting with clients to improve their events operationally and marketing or by building support through relationships. Mark is currently a Non-Executive Director of 31 Digital (Brisbane's Community TV Station), Festival Director of Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, and Event Manager for the Triple M/Mates 4 Mates Anzac Classic 2015.
Rajeev Jalnapurkar is the Chief Executive Officer of Ramoji Film City, which is the largest Film Studio Complex in world as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. It boasts of world class film shooting facilities with equipments, trained man power, varied locations, multiple post production studios, hosting the biggest of stars and other things which are necessary for hassle free film making.
As a part of the senior most management of Ramoji Film City, Mr. Rajeev Jalnapurkar is instrumental for opening up the Ramoji Film City as India’s first Film Tourism Destination comprising of Theme Parks, Studio Tour and other tourism specific attractions. This made Ramoji Film City as one of the premier tourist destination in India apart from being the largest Film Studio Complex in the world.
Anne Démy-Geroe is co-Director of the Iranian Film Festival Australia and was the inaugural Artistic then Executive Director of the Brisbane International Film Festival from 1991 until 2009. She currently teaches Asia Pacific cinema at Griffith Film School and is a doctoral candidate on Iranian Cinema at the university of Queensland.
Anne has curated many regional festivals and retrospectives, including internationally, and served on many international juries. Anne is a NETPAC board member, a Nominations Council Member of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, a past Council Member of the National Film and Sound Archive, and in 2003 was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for services to the film industry.
Arun is the Principal at Raniga Lawyers. The firm deals predominantly with Criminal Law, Family Law and Litigation. Prior to his law career, Arun has been involved directly with Indian entertainment business. Raniga Lawyers has been operating for almost 7 years and has Arun been practising Law for 16 years. Arun’s other interests include being involved in the Entertainment Industry and was heavily involved when Amitabh Bachchan was in Brisbane in 2011 for the awarding of the Honourary Doctorate.
"Brisbane has always shared a unique and wonderful connection with our city's Indian community in a number of ways. We take pride in our sister city relationship with Hyderabad, one of India's many thriving cities. I trust your festival will further enhance the ties we have with the people of India and create cultural and economic partnerships in the near future."
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk