As Director of the ADL Film Fest, Amanda curates and manages the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund, delivering award-winning and critically acclaimed fiction, documentary, interactive and moving image projects. Amanda is on the Festivals Adelaide Board, the Ukaria Board, the South Australian Museum Board and on the Advisory Board of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Western Australia. Amanda was previously Head of Arts & Entertainment at ABC TV delivering popular and award winning content across all platforms.


Fiona caught the festival bug volunteering at the New York International Film Festival in 2011, when Pedro Almodovar smiled at her. After working at the Tribeca Film Festival and Rooftop Film Festival, she returned to Adelaide to get stuck into the festival scene. She worked as a Marketing Assistant for 2013 AFF, then spent 6 months in Melbourne doing Event Administration with Token Events. She returns for 2017 ADL Film Fest and Hybrid World Adelaide as General Manager. She still can’t quite believe she gets to come to work and talk about films all day.


Marg has had a varied working life, running her own catering company working as a chef for some 20 years. Her earlier training in accounting then sent her off to teach Accounting at TAFE and consulting as a MYOB trainer and bookkeeper. For the past 8 years she has worked as a finance manager in the Arts sector. Loves the job, loves her workmates.


After her debut as Marketing & Partnerships Manager in 2015, Clare has returned to the Film Festival team with gusto in 2017 and has visions for ADL Film Fest to become a household name. Clare draws from previous commercial experience in the Australian and NZ wine and beer industries, with specific experience in global marketing partnerships.


Freddy hails from Germany but studied, taught and worked in Queensland 2007-2014, before making Adelaide his home. While coming from a Design and Production Management background in Theatre, he has been increasingly involved in the Brisbane and Adelaide Festival scene since 2011, with regular positions at the Brisbane Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival and, since 2015, the Adelaide Film Festival. With the launch of Hybrid World Adelaide, he is excited to help this latest newborn of the Adelaide Festival Scene into the community.


Mat has had a long love affair with film festivals and screen culture and has been the AFF Programs Manager since 2015. In between AFF’s biennial outings, Mat programmed Adelaide’s cultural screen, the Mercury Cinema since 2010 where he was the Exhibition Manager. Previously, Mat was the Program Manager at the Brisbane International Film Festival. He produced the 15/15 Film Festival in its infancy and is proud to have been a part of the Lumiere Cinema team following his studies in Media and Cinema. Mat also has a deep passion for the natural world and recently completed an Environmental Science degree just to keep it real.



Combining a love of all things pop culture, from video games to punk music, with a passion for art and design, Jesse brings a vibrant and stylish eye to all things ADL Film Fest. After years of working the freelance design circuit in Adelaide, creating album art for South Australian bands and artists, he transitioned to a more fixed role in 2017 as graphic designer for both AFF and Hybrid World Adelaide. Drawing inspiration from The Fifth Element, Gorillaz, RuPaul’s Drag Race and everything in between, Jesse’s eclectic work is a perfect fit for the film festival.


Dani’s venture into the wonderland of Festivals began with the ADL Film Fest 2013 as Ticket Coordinator followed by Box Office Manager in 2015 and ticketing and administration roles in the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Her background is in chamber music management and marketing with a special interest in audience development and event management.


Tess’ past life as a dancer has given her an avid appreciation of the arts, leading to wonderful opportunities in the creative world. She spent the past 6 years jumping between WOMADelaide, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide International Guitar Festival, OzAsia Festival and Arts Projects Australia. When she isn’t watching films, or listening to music, she normally has her head in a book.