Honorary Jury 2015
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.
Head of Jury 2015
Abhishek Bachchan (born 5 February 1976) is a Leading Indian film actor, producer of repute . He has starred in many blockbusters during his 15 year career in Indian Film Industry.
His father Mr Amitabh Bachchan is an Iconic Lead Actor in Hindi cinema, his mother Mrs Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan is a highly acclaimed leading actress & a Member Of Indian Parliament and his wife Mrs Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a leading Bollywood actress & International Star.
In 2000, Mr Abhishek Bachchan made his film debut playing the male lead in J. P. Dutta's war drama Refugee opposite Kareena Kapoor. Since then he has starred in many Indian films and has had widespread success.
Dr. Mandy Thomas
An anthropologist by training she has published more than 8 books as well as numerous book chapters, journal articles, reports and exhibition catalogue essays. She has researched primarily in the area of social and political change in Vietnam.
Before moving to Brisbane in 2012, she was Pro Vice Chancellor of Research at the Australian National University and prior to that she was an Executive Director of the Australian Research Council.
Mandy now runs a Faculty with more than 330 staff and a budget of $AUS50m per annum. The Creative Industries Faculty has a commitment to excellence through the development of active and productive connections with the wider world to deliver on the promise for our partners and for future generations of students. Creative careers in the 21st century are driven by forward-looking courses, cutting-edge research and a proven track record in growing the creative economy, where Creative Industries aims to lead the way nationally and internationally. The Faculty offers innovative, industry focussed courses in a range of areas including: film, television and new media; drama; fashion, journalism; animation; music; interactive and visual design; architecture; and entertainment. In this role she is also responsible for developing the next generation of researchers and in mentoring them to succeed.
Honorary Jury 2015
Dr. Anne Demy-Geroe