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Program

CEO / Creative Director
Mathew Kesting

Our CEO is a film exhibition and event specialist with a long love affair with film festivals and screen culture.  

Mat’s passion for cinema and strong curatorial voice is well known to Adelaide audiences as AFF’s Programs Manager since 2015 and from his years at the Mercury Cinema as Exhibition Manager programming Cinémathèque, Silent ReMasters, and the hugely popular Seniors on Screen. He programmed six editions of OzAsia Festival On Screen and was previously the Program Manager at the Brisbane International Film Festival. Mat is proud to have been a part of the Lumiere Cinema team following his studies in Media and Cinema.  

 Mat oversees our organisation and leads strategic planning. He manages the AFF Investment Fund. Passionate about commissioning new work from local and national filmmakers, Mat is always on the hunt for incredible films to screen and bold new work to support. 

Mat currently sits on the Festivals Adelaide Board. He is fascinated with the natural world, is committed to sustainability, and recently completed an Environmental Science degree just to keep it real. He also has three small children so no – he has no spare time or hobbies. But has fond memories of camping… 

Email Mat: [email protected]

Program, Audience and Industry Development Manager
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]

Publicist
Tracey Mair

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]

Partnerships Coordinator
Tara Falleti

Tara recently joined the team to look after our partnerships for the festival – if you’re interested or just want to explore how you can possibly get involved in all the fun, she’s your go to girl! And is certainly always interested in exploring creative, exciting, and bespoke ways to collaborate.

Her 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 very at home in movie world at the Adelaide Film Festival.

If she’s not sitting back with a glass of red watching a movie, in her spare time, Tara also likes to further tap into her creative juices as a singer-songwriter, and teaches a Latin style of dance called zouk.


Email Tara: [email protected]

Marketing Coordinator
Ben Drogemuller

If you’ve ever chatted with an Adelaide Film Festival social media account, you’ve met Ben! He takes care of the many marketing and communications channels for the festival, along with overseeing digital content, coordinating partnership deliverables and AFF brand strategy.

Having worked at the Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival Centre and WOMAdelaide, and completed a Masters in Arts Administration, he’s well versed in and passionate about the local arts and festivals scene. Couple this with a life-long obsession with all things film and creative content, and it’s easy to see why he loves working at AFF.

When not hiding away in a cinema with a glass of red wine in hand, he spends his time running, reading and perfecting his laksa paste recipe.

Get in touch with Ben for all your Adelaide Film Festival Marketing queries!

Email: [email protected]

AFF Youth  – Festival team

AFF Youth Ambassador – Tilda Cobham-Hervey

Marketing Coordinator – Ben Drogemuller

Programs Coordinator –  Amanda Hawley

Partnerships Coordinator – Tara Falleti

Volunteer CoordinatorJatin Sabharwal

Education Officer – Deanne Bullen

Production Coordinator – Matt Wildy

Ticketing Services Manager – Dani Raymond

Box Office Coordinators – Tom Lidell & Nicole Cameron

Brand Design & Art Direction – Cul-de-sac Creative

Program Writers – Aimee Knight

Contributing Writer – Mike Walsh

Operations Intern – Brodie Gaston

Programming  Intern – Mason Renfrey

Marketing Intern – Nikki Sztolc

Events Intern – Maybelline San Juan