2016 Judges

Serhat Caradee is an award winning Australian filmmaker, Serhat’s films have screened at over 50 local and international film festivals, winning numerous prizes and awards. He wrote, directed and co-produced the feature film ‘Cedar Boys’, which won the Audience Award at 56th Sydney International Film Festival, screened at 5 international film festivals and garnered many nominations and accolades in Australia, including AFI (AACTA), AWG, ADG and IF.

Serhat comes from an extensive background in theatre, drama and performing arts studies. His vast experience covers all aspects of working in film and television. As an actor he has performed with Shakespeare by the Sea, New Theatre, Genesian Theatre and The Pilgrim Theatre companies. On TV in the second series of the award winning ‘East-West 101’, recently in the 2015 SBS TV series ‘The Principal’ and the 2016 U.S Sci-Fi series ‘Hunters’, produced by Gale Anne Hurd (‘Terminator’ 1 & 2) and created by Natalie Chaidez (‘Heroes’). Serhat also teaches casually at NIDA, Sydney Theatre School, NYFA and UNSW.

Martha Ansara

Martha Ansara – Recipient of the Australian Film Institute’s Byron Kennedy Award (1987), is a documentary filmmaker whose films on social issues have won international prizes and been screened in Australia, the UK, Europe and North America. A full member of the Australian Cinematographer’s Society (ACS), Martha was one of the first women in Australia to work as a cinematographer.

Martha has been a founding member of a number of cultural, women’s and industry organisations. She is a recipient of the Women’s Electoral Lobby’s Edna Ryan Award.

In 1999, she was invited to screen her films in a tribute to Australian Women’s Cinema at the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival, France. She is a graduate of the Australian Film Television & Radio School (1978) and has an M.A. in Applied History (University of Technology, Sydney, 1994).


Peter Rees is an author and journalist. He was federal political correspondent for some of Australia’s major papers before leaving the Canberra Press Gallery in 2000 to write a biography of the former Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer, The Boy from Boree Creek. His book, Tim Fischer’s Outback Heroes, followed in 2002.

His award-winning true crime book about the unsolved murder of the Sydney publisher, Juanita Nielsen, Killing Juanita: a true story of murder and corruption, was published in 2004.

In 2008 his book, The Other Anzacs: The extraordinary story of our World War I nurses, was released. The book inspired the recent ABC mini-series, Anzac Girls, was based. The book has been re-released as Anzac Girls.

In 2011 his book, Desert Boys, was released, followed in 2013 by Lancaster Men.

His award winning book, Bearing Witness: The remarkable life of Charles Bean, Australia’s greatest war correspondent, was published in March 2015.

In February 2016 his most recent book, Inside the Vault: the history and art of Australian coinage, was published to mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of decimal currency in Australia.

Renee Brack

Renee Brack is a versatile multiplatform content producer, storyteller and journalist with TV, film, print, digital and radio credits. A lot of her work is about crafting the most compelling story for the right audience that resonates with measurable results.

Some highlights of recent work include:
• producing segments on Star Wars, Inside Out (Disney)
• producing the lead news segment for Movie Juice – a half hour weekly show on Network 10 (Context Media)
• ghostwriting the autobiography of an Australian icon in the health and business sectors
• conducting interviews for Mission Australia awareness campaign videos and interviewing tennis star Maria Sharapova for Porsche’s Woman With Drive initiative (iSentia)
• writing spirited op-ed and commentary for SBS News Online and the On The Water series of feature articles for Ocean Media

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Elizabeth Grinston is a Sydney lawyer. Currently, Elizabeth is General Counsel at the University of New South Wales with responsibility for the legal and governance functions within the University. Previously, Elizabeth was General Counsel, and a member of the senior management team, at Screen Australia. Elizabeth has worked in both the public and private sectors as a lawyer, tribunal member and non-executive director. Her areas of legal specialisation include intellectual property law and film law. Fluent in Japanese, she has also worked as a lawyer in Japan.