Sheila is a producer with a background in entertainment law. She produced the award-winning feature film Ali’s Wedding in 2016 and prior to this produced a number of acclaimed short films.
Sheila has worked in development at Scott Free, Ridley Scott’s London-based production company, and also as a Development Executive for Screen NSW and Screen Australia.
Passionate about telling diverse stories, Sheila has written and directed various short form productions which have screened at film festivals internationally.
Sheila currently also works as features development producer for Matchbox Pictures.
David Caesar has been making films for over 25 years, writing and directing six features – notably Idiot Box, Mullet – Australian Critics’ Circle award for Best Original Screenplay and Dirty Deeds which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
His documentary Bodywork had a successful theatrical run in addition to winning best documentary at Melbourne Film Festival and an ATOM Award and received rave reviews in both Australia and the UK.
He has also directed over 120 episodes of high end Television shows, from Bananas In Pyjamas to the popular true crime series Underbelly – most recently the miniseries Dead Lucky (2018) starring Rachel Griffiths for SBS / Subtext Pictures which has sold to Sundance TV for their subscription streaming service Sundance Now.
Annmaree Bell is the producer and co-founder of Azure Productions, with near 20 years project management experience Annmaree most recently completed feature film Teenage Kicks with writer/director Craig Boreham which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival.
Her short film Ari with writer/director Alex Murawski screened at TIFF kids and was made with the support of Screen Australia. In 2012 she produced feature film The Jungle with writer/director Andrew Traucki and short Sanctuary with writer/director Benedict Samuel, The Bunker with Rebecca writer/director Kate Vinen and Blue Monday with writer/director Craig Boreham. In 2010 Annmaree produced the AFTRS graduate diploma short films Kiss with writer/director Alex Murawski which screened in the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival and 50-50 with writer/director Megan Riakos. In addition to the AFTRS slate, Annmaree produced The Bind with Michael Chrisoulakis.
In 2009 she produced Craig Borehams AFTRS graduate diploma B&W short portraying the final days of Italian filmmaker Paolo Pasolini, Ostia – La Notte Finale, their short Drowning premiered in competition at Flickerfest and won several awards around the world. Her 2009 short Vinyl won at the 2010 Hamptons Film Festival, Frail won the Best Film award at both the 2010 Newtown Film Festival and the 2008 Bondi Short Film Festival.
Heath Davis is a multi-award winning filmmaker and teacher. Most recently, Davis wrote, directed and produced the Australian feature film Book Week in conjunction with Screen Australia. Book Week recently premiered to sold out sessions at the Melbourne International Film Festival with Bonsai Films’ Jonathan Page (Mary and Max, The Babbadook) releasing the film theatrically across Australia. Book Week is Davis’ sophomore effort following 2016’s award winning drama Broke. The critically acclaimed Broke, which was named in THE GUARDIAN’S Top 10 films of 2016, was released by Bonsai Films. It has played at over 60 international film festivals and has garnered numerous awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress. In 2017 Broke enjoyed a limited UK and North American theatrical run before a worldwide VOD release.
Davis just completed principal photography on a multi million-dollar Australian crime/thriller called Locusts, which he not only directed but also co-wrote and produced.
Davis’ career also includes the award-winning short films Spoon Man, Bella, Bee Sting and Rabbit which enjoyed success at several esteemed film festivals including Tribeca, Telluride, London, Flickerfest, Melbourne, Seattle, Tropfest and Aspen.
As Create NSW Director of Screen Investment, Engagement and Attraction for the past two years Sophia Zachariou led the Screen program since the merger of the two agencies and prior to that was the Head of Development and Production at Screen NSW. During her time at Create NSW, Sophia oversaw the launch of the Made in NSW production fund of an additional $20 million dollars for feature films and TV Drama as well as an increase in core funding for screen development and production. These have included the award-winning productions such as Warwick Thornton’s, Sweet Country, Rachel Perkin’s Mystery Road and Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black.
She was also integral in securing the international box office hit, Peter Rabbit for the state. Prior to joining Create NSW, Sophia commissioned and executive-produced hundreds of hours of television across all genres and was previously Deputy Head of Entertainment ABC TV.
Prior to her time at the ABC Sophia was the producer of the legendary short film series Eat Carpet for SBS, and as an independent she produced Australia’s first short film initiative for smartphones, Micromovies, in 2004. Sophia joins Bunya Productions from January 2019 in the newly-created CEO role.
BRIDGET CALLOW WRIGHT
Bridget Callow Wright is an award-winning screen producer with a focus on scripted narrative film and television.
She has produced three feature films,and is currently producing her first television show for STAN.
Her most recent feature drama, The Butterfly Tree premiered at Toronto in 2017, was nominated for 3 AACTAS, won best film at CIAFF, and has sold around the world. She has a wide network of international and local financing and producing partners, in-depth knowledge of the international content marketplace and an extensive physical creative producing skill set.
She currently has several feature film and television projects in development with support from Screen Queensland and Screen Australia. She holds a Masters Degree in Screen Business.
Emmy award winning director and artist Lynette Wallworth has consistently worked with film using new technologies. Wallworth’s works include the interactive video installation Evolution of Fearlessness; the award winning fulldome feature Coral, with its accompanying augmented reality work; the AACTA award winning documentary Tender, the Emmy award winning virtual reality narrative Collisions which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 World Economic Forum, Davos and her most recent XR work ‘Awavena’ which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
Wallworth has been awarded an International Fellowship from Arts Council England, a New Media Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, the inaugural Australian Film, Television and Radio School Creative Fellowship and the Joan and Kim Williams Documentary Fellowship. She has been awarded a UNESCO City of Film Award, the Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence, and in 2016 she was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the year’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. Wallworths’ most recent VR works have been developed at the invitation of indigenous communities.
Wallworth has been a frequent advisor to Sundance Institute Labs and the HIVE Labs in Australia and is a newly invited member of the World Economic Forums’ Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Jeanie Davison manages the Documentary Development slate at Screen Australia, as well as overseeing initiatives including the ABC Art Bites series and Doculab, a talent incubator initiative with the South Australian Film Corporation.
Prior to joining Screen Australia, Jeanie spent 10 years in the UK producing TV programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Five, before taking on Head of Factual and Head of Development roles for leading independent production companies in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
She’s developed and produced factual programmes and documentaries for a wide range of broadcasters including Discovery, History Channel, National Geographic, ABC and Seven (Australia), TVNZ and TV3 (New Zealand).
She also has extensive experience producing and directing TV and digital content around the world for high-profile non-profit organisations including UNICEF, Amnesty International and Comic Relief.
Mark Joffe has directed six feature films to critical acclaim and commercial success and over one hundred and twenty hours of quality television drama.
Mark’s features include The Man Who Sued God; Cosi and Spotswood (Miramax) and for Working Title, The Matchmaker. Mark’s first feature Grievous Bodily Harm earned him AFI Best Film and Best Director nominations; the children’s short feature Boy Soldiers was nominated for an International Emmy and won the Liv Ullman Peace Prize, Chicago Children’s Film Festival. Mark’s most recent film is the feature documentary Jimmy Barnes Working Class Boy which he directed and produced (with CJZ). The film received unprecedented critical acclaim and achieved the biggest box office opening for an Australian documentary in cinema history.
In 2016 – 2018 Mark directed multiple episodes for the top rating Jack Irish, the mini-series House of Bond and House of Hancock, screening to huge ratings and receiving an ADG Best Director nomination. Other television work includes the BBC Worldwide telefeature Dripping in Chocolate (nominated Most Outstanding Drama 2013 ASTRA Awards) and the mini-series A Place to Call Home. Mark received his first award for the first mini-series he directed – The Great Bookie Robbery – winning the AFI Best Mini-Series and Best Director. Mark has also directed numerous music videos, documentaries and further mini-series.
Highlights included interviews with Morgan Freeman, Quentin Tarantino, Cate Blanchett, as well as John Seale ACS, and Dean Semler ACS. Renée has written, produced and directed five short films and scripted two plays produced on stage in the world’s largest play festival, Short+Sweet and has recently finished a 360 experience of dementia for the documentary Ticketyboo: A Secret in Plain Sight.
She is also completing a postgraduate research degree with a focus on documentary and VR scripting practice. She scripted the winning short film Red Handed which has screened in multiple international film festivals and has a small slate of screen productions in development.
On some days, she lectures in film studies and production at SAE Creative Media Institute. She is a frequent guest speaker, MC, social commentator and continues to be a fervent film buff.
James Fraser made his Australian feature film debut in December Boys, in the lead role of ‘Spit’ playing opposite Daniel Radcliffe. He went on to appear in such TV series as Devil’s Playground, Anzac Girls, Deadline Gallipoli and Black Comedy. James’ feature film credits include Sleeping Beauty, The Turning and Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner.
In 2012 James studied at AFTRS, where he discovered his passion for the other side of the camera. He has since directed a range of Music Videos, Short Films and Commercials.
In 2016 his short film Hench won James the Best Australian Young Filmmaker and Audience Choice Awards at Dungog Festival. In 2017 Dirt Tin won Best Australian Short at Fantastic Planet Film Festival. And in 2018 his parody Safety Driver won the inaugural Blue Datto short film competition.
Miles Gibson is a filmmaker and past FlickerUp award winner, taking the best senior film award for his film Malcolm & John in 2016. Since then he has gone on to write and direct numerous other award-winning short films.
Miles attended the Victorian College of the arts to study Screenwriting in 2017 and the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School in 2018 to study filmmaking.
He is an assistant editor, recently wrapping on an upcoming feature documentary about the race car driver Jack Brabham.
When not behind the camera, Miles enjoys writing and painting.