CEO & Creative Director

Mat Kesting GAICD

Mat Kesting is a festivals and programming specialist having worked in the sector since the late 1990s. Named as a one of Screen International’s Future Leaders, Mat has led the Adelaide Film Festival since 2019 as CEO & Creative Director. In this time, he has curated the AFF Investment Fund investments overseeing more than 50 commissions, driven year on year box office and audience growth, a doubling of the AFF Investment Fund and overseen AFF’s transition from biennial to annual presentation. Mat has held an association with AFF since 2008 in various programming roles and has a deep love for the organisation and championing Australian cinema.

Previously, Mat was Exhibition Manager at the Mercury Cinema and Program Manager at the Brisbane International Film Festival. Mat has also produced the 15/15 Film Festival and worked with the AFTRS, Lumiere Cinemas, ACMI and various other arts festivals. Mat is Deputy Chair, Festival City Adelaide and has a passion for the Adelaide’s renown cultural life.

Email Mat: [email protected]

Head of Programming & Industry

Gail Kovatseff

Gail manages AFF’s programming department, responsible for film submissions, selection and Awards alongside industry development, audience expansion and AFF Youth. A prominent figure in the SA Screen Industry, Gail led the Media Resource Centre and Mercury Cinema for 12 years as CEO, transforming its professional program including introducing the Screen Makers Conference and establishing the cinema as a vital part of the city’s cultural life via launching programs such as Seniors on Screen.  Gail graduated university with an on-going love of American Literature and European History.  

Email Gail: [email protected] 

Marketing Manager

Lewis Brideson

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As Adelaide Film Festival’s Marketing Manager, Lewis oversees and implements AFF’s brand and communication strategy, marketing campaigns, digital channels and content.

Lewis established his place in the local arts scene as a Co-director of street magazine and creative collective Yewth, a freelance content creator for the likes of WOMADelaide, Illuminate Adelaide and Groovin The Moo, and spent five years honing his integrated marketing skill-set at leading independent agency, Fuller Brand Communication.

Alongside a passion for film and tech, Lewis DJs to dancefloors at music venues and nightclubs.

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Finance & Governance Manager

Robyn Wigley

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Robyn is the rock of the AFF office, keeping our accounts in order, supporting the board and ensuring AFF maintains top notch governance. She’s worked across private and state government sectors and brings broad experience from a range of industries, with over twenty years of experience as a Certified Practising Accountant. Robyn’s extensive experience in financial accounting, reporting, and compliance compliments the creative team.

Development & Partnerships Manager

Tara Falleti

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Tara looks after our partnerships for the festival – if you are interested or want to explore how you can get involved in the fun, she’s your go to – and is always interested in exploring creative, exciting, and bespoke ways to collaborate and make memorable moments for your brand.

Tara’s background stems across account management in print, television, digital, and cinema advertising, as well as facilitating as a production assistant for a local film and commercial video production company. Studying Media Arts: Film and Television and completing her honours project in cinema advertising and promotional discourse at university, Tara has always had a strong appetite and appreciation for film and feels right at home at the Adelaide Film Festival.

If she’s not sitting back with a glass of South Australian red watching a film, in her spare time, Tara is also a singer-songwriter and teaches a Latin style of dance called Zouk.

Email Tara: [email protected]

Philanthropy Manager

Jo Barry-Murphy

Jo oversees Adelaide Film Festival’s philanthropic program, engaging with donors and other community contributors to AFF’s mission. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, having worked across a range of arts and education organisations, and is currently the Chair of United Nations Youth Australia’s Board. She holds a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts, and developed an appreciation for filmmaking as a craft sitting in on her Film major friends’ crits. Jo is passionate about connecting audiences with new and innovative films, and contributing to South Australia’s vibrant screen culture. Outside of the cinema, she loves seeing local bands play, rock climbing, and watching multi-hour video essays on niche topics.

Email Jo: [email protected]

Special Initiatives Manager – Expand & Publications

Julianne Pierce

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Julianne serves as Adelaide Film Festival’s Special Initiatives Manager looking after EXPAND Lab and the print program publication.

Julianne has a rich background in the arts as a Creative Producer, Executive Director, Artistic Programmer, Curator and Arts Manager. She has made significant contributions to digital culture in Australia and internationally with leadership roles including Chair of International Symposium on Electronic Art from 2006–2013 and Chair of Emerging and Experimental, Australia Council for the Arts from 2013–2015. She is currently a board member of Open Space Contemporary Arts and sits on the External Advisory Board of Assemblage Centre for Creative Arts at Flinders University.

Julianne is also a founding member of the influential cyberfeminist digital artist group VNS Matrix, who formed in 1991 and continue to have their work included in significant exhibitions and publications worldwide.

Email Julianne: [email protected]

Programming Coordinator

Bridget McDonald

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As Programming Coordinator, Bridget works closely with Gail to support the activities of the programming team. This includes everything from film submissions, to creating the printed program, AFF Youth and guest services. 

Bridget studied Screen Production at university, during which time she interned with Adelaide Film Festival. She previously assisted with programming at Adelaide Cinémathèque.

Publicist

Tracey Mair

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Tracey liaises with all media and filmmakers regarding stories, interviews and reviews and is the main contact regarding publicity at the Festival. A film and television communications specialist with 30 years with experience across production, distribution, festivals and industry strategy, Tracey runs her own dedicated boutique PR agency. When she can tear her eyes away from the screen, she is usually found busy in the kitchen, sipping on a natural wine and planning her next travel adventure.

Email Tracey: [email protected]

The Adelaide Film Festival 2023 Crew

CEO/CREATIVE DIRECTOR Mathew Kesting

EXECUTIVE & OPERATIONS COORDINATOR Dahlia Opala

FINANCE & GOVERNANCE MANAGER Robyn Wigley

HEAD OF PROGRAMMING & INDUSTRY Gail Kovatseff
PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR Bridget McDonald
SCREENINGS, TRAFFIC & PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR Waleed Sheikh
PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT Louis Campbell

GUEST COORDINATOR Vera Tarasenko

SPECIAL INITIATIVES MANAGER — EXPAND & PUBLICATIONS Julianne Pierce
EDUCATION COORDINATOR Deanne Bullen

HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT & PARTNERSHIPS Eira Swaine
DEVELOPMENT & PARTNERSHIPS COORDINATOR Tara Falleti
DEVELOPMENT & PARTNERSHIPS ASSISTANT Victoria Cnotek

PUBLICIST Tracey Mair

MARKETING MANAGER Lewis Brideson
MARKETING COORDINATOR Larissa Dubrowsky-Ryan
MARKETING ASSISTANT Aryani Singh

PRODUCTION & EVENTS MANAGER Jason Warner
PRODUCTION & EVENTS COORDINATOR Kahl Hopper

BOX OFFICE & INSIGHTS COORDINATOR Cy Martin

VOLUNTEER & OFFICE COORDINATOR Cecile Saidi

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MARKETING ADVISORY KWPX
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