Team

AMANDA DUTHIE | FESTIVAL DIRECTOR/CEO

As Director of the ADL Film Fest, Amanda curates and manages the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund, a slate of award-winning and critically acclaimed fiction, documentary, interactive and moving image projects.
Amanda is the CEO of both Adelaide Film Festival and Hybrid World Adelaide. Amanda is on the Festivals Adelaide Board, the Board of Ukaria and the South Australian Museum Board. Amanda was previously Head of Arts & Entertainment at ABC TV delivering popular and award winning content across all platforms.

FIONA HEUCH | GENERAL MANAGER

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 2018 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.

CALLUM McLEAN | ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

Callum is an active member of Adelaide’s theatre and screen culture. Callum has previously worked with Zoos South Australia and community station Channel 44, and is thrilled to be working with Adelaide Film Festival this year. Callum also writes as CJ McLean, and his work has appeared on stage with the Australian National Theatre for Young People, on radio with ABC Radio National, and in print with InDaily, Rip It Up and Glam Adelaide. His play The River won the 2017 State Theatre Company of South Australia’s Young Playwrights Award, and his short film won Best Film at the Adelaide 48-Hour Film Project. He looks forward to seeing Adelaide come alive in a truly unique way in October.

MAT KESTING | PROGRAMS MANAGER

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.

JUSTIN MARTYNIUK | PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

Justin has always had a passion for film as long as he can remember, being a fan of Fellini, Bergman and Kubrick from as early as 14 years old. After briefly studying psychology and media, Justin switched his focus to film studies at University, and is still currently the President for the Adelaide University Film Society (AUFS). After Uni, Justin completed a diploma in screen and media at MAPS Film School. After years of volunteering, Justin was blessed with the opportunity to be the Curator in Residence for the 2017 festival and now returns for 2018 as Program Coordinator.

LAURA VOZZO | MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Laura Vozzo is a global entertainment industry professional bringing 15 years experience working with some of the biggest names, events and content in music, film and television. Former Head of Publicity and Talent at MTV Networks Australia and NZ and more recently Director, International Publicity at NBC Universal in London, Laura’s special brand of comms fuses owned and earned media to create true cut through delivering talkabliy and headlines. Her long list of entertainment industry credentials range from music festivals and concerts to awards shows, Hollywood and film festival premieres, international junkets and talent tours to Emmy award winning TV shows and productions. Since returning from London, Laura has consulted for the likes of Foxtel, Moccona and Junkee Media through her consultancy LVC and has taken on the new role as Mum to an adorable 22 month old little boy.

ELIZABETH COOK | SENIOR MARKETING COORDINATOR

Elizabeth Cook was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Growing up with the tech hub in her backyard, she started her career in advertising and app development, working as an Account Coordinator for veteran marketing agency ‘A3 Creative’ before moving on to start-up ‘Hop Market’ to explore the ecosystem of digital technology and early stage product development. Her professional experiences in client service and project management have been an outlet for her passion for strategy, details and dependencies. In her roles at Hop and A3, she demonstrated an ability to quickly and fearlessly grab projects giving her a large portfolio of experience for her age. In her spare time, Elizabeth loves to shoot photography and assist in commercial production shoots. You won’t often find her not doing something.

STEPHANIE MITCHELL | MARKETING COORDINATOR

Stephanie is a regular on the Adelaide arts and festival scene. She has a degree in graphic design and marketing and has worked in various roles across Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival and most recently Royal Croquet Club. Her poster design was the face of the 2015 Adelaide Fringe. She looks forward to returning to Adelaide Film Festival for her second year.

NICOLE WEDDING | SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR/COPYWRITER

Nicole is a keen storyteller who’s worked across broadcast, print and online platforms. She started out at community radio station Radio Adelaide, where she was a part of the Breakfast team before becoming a reporter for national current affairs radio program The Wire. Focusing on international news, politics and art, she then got even more involved with radio as an international correspondent for New Zealand station 95bFM. She loves music, art, food and travel, and regularly contributes to Broadsheet Adelaide in her spare time. You can find her writing across the Adelaide Film Festival and Hybrid World Adelaide websites and social media channels. Say hi!

JESSE MILES | GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Combining a love of all things pop culture with a passion for art and design, Jesse brings a vibrant and stylish eye to all things ADL Film Fest. After joining the team in 2017 he has gone on to work as graphic designer for multiple festivals across the city. Returning in 2018, Jesse brings his eye for detail and passion for creativity to everything he does from tram side artwork to colouring competitions in the Sunday paper. Drawing inspiration from anime, video games, RuPaul’s Drag Race and everything in between, Jesse’s design work is a perfect fit for the film festival.

FREDDY KOMP | HEAD OF PRODUCTION

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 with the Brisbane Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Festival, and the Adelaide Film Festival. In 2017, he was one of the many birth partners of Hybrid World Adelaide, and is excited to see it grow up fast since then.

CLARE HEALY | EVENTS MANAGER

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.

OLGA NOWICKA | COORDINATOR, GUEST & INDUSTRY LIAISON

Olga has been interested in creativity since forever. She would rather go to an Arthouse cinema than cause mischief with her peers. Her artistic passions include photography, film and theatre, and nothing has changed since. Olga would like more hours in the week to be able to pursue a variety of creative and artistic endeavours, however her current role with Adelaide Film Festival is helping her balance it.

EMMA HOUGH HOBBS | CURATOR IN RESIDENCE

Emma is a young queer artist and filmmaker recently emerged from Flinders University. Her previous short animation Umi was nominated for a South Australian Screen Award and she was awarded young inspirational filmmaker at the 2018 Fleurieu Film Festival for her short film Purpose. She works part time at the Media Resource Centre and in 2018 has travelled to help produce the Melbourne International Animation Festival. Her life’s purpose is to spread the joy and wonder of animation, as such she has come to Adelaide Film Fest to curate animation and other fantastic short films as 2018’s Curator in Residence.