The tenth anniversary of DIFF amazes me as I have been associated since Day 1. In this time we have to thank several artistic directors, support from all the seven DFS managers, many volunteers and many committee(d) people who have all contributed to make this festival what it is today. I only dreamed we would have the support Screen NT (NT Gov) support of the industry and the many generous sponsors who have made this festival one we can all be proud of.
Harry has lived in Darwin for about 10 years and has been involved with the Deckchair as a volunteer at working bees initially since that time. I became smitten with the venue, ethos
and contribution DFS makes to Darwin. As a member of the Management Committee and the DIFF subcommittee seeing DIFF grow and include other initiatives like SPARK, and The Capricornia Awards to me demonstrates what an effective community organisation can achieve.
Blandine has been part of the DFS family for 6 years. After studying films and film production in her home country France, she roamed the globe for a few years until Darwin found her. Blandine has discovered a vibrant filmmaking community in the Top End through her work as the local content coordinator for DIFF and continues to carry this important mission of industry support in her new role as festival manager. She has found in Darwin what so many have found before her: a sense of belonging… and a pretty sweet lifestyle.
Alexandra Edmondson is an award winning writer/director. She began her career working in script development at Bazmark, Baz Luhrmann’s Sydney based production company. Since then she has written and directed short films across a variety of genres, which have screened at local and international film festivals and won a number of awards. Her work has also been broadcast on SBS and ABC2 in Australia. Alex is currently developing long form narrative projects, several of which have been shortlisted for awards and development labs including the prestigious Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
In 1968 two events made me take cinema seriously. Firstly, I saw a Catherine Deneuve double of Belle de Jour and Repulsion followed a couple of weeks later by a Japanese retrospective of Kurosawa films among which were Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood and Rashomon. I never again saw films as mere entertainment.
Caro is a filmmaker, visual artist and anthropologist working out of Darwin, with a deep and long-standing love of cinema. As a DIFF programmer Caro has a particular passion for the plethora of talent and films emerging from the Northern Australian and Southeast Asian regions.
Thomas is a performer and filmmaker based in Darwin. Thomas has completed a Bachelor of Film & TV at Swinburne University, creating several short films and winning awards in acting, writing and directing. Last year two films Thomas worked on screened at the Deckchair Cinema, You Do You and We’re Family Now.
Adnan Reza, 24, international student (Bachelor of Creative Arts) at CDU. He loves to watch movies, he loves to make movies.