The Team

Man­age­ment Committee

John Schi­er

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 Abrahams

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.

James Park­er

Bio pend­ing.

Gen­er­al Manager

Blan­dine Ruffo

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.

Pro­gram­ming Committee

Alexan­dra Edmondson

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.

Neil Lud­vigsen

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 Mac­don­ald

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 Mide­na

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

Adnan Reza, 24, inter­na­tion­al stu­dent (Bach­e­lor of Cre­ative Arts) at CDU. He loves to watch movies, he loves to make movies.

Pro­mo­tions team


Mike Frier