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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]

Development, Events and Operations Manager
Tara MacLeod

Tara manages the areas of Development, Events and Operations for the Festival. A background in events and project management, operations and partnerships, Tara joined the Festival from the Port Adelaide Football Club where she spent 13 years in the roles of GM – Events & Game Day and GM – Strategic Projects. At PAFC, she was offered a position on the Club’s Senior Executive (only the second woman in Club history to reach such a level) and in the role, became one of the Lead Project Managers facilitating the complex move from the AAMI Stadium to the redeveloped Adelaide Oval and delivered the best game day experience nationally, in 2014 -2016 (AFL data). Tara also project managed the Club’s promotional tour and exhibition match in London in 2012, and went on to project manage and lead the promotional tour and all associated events in China in 2016/2017. Recent highlights were the delivery of – the 150 year celebration in 2020, Heartland Strategy and the precinct masterplan. Tara has loved being involved with and learning about the local film industry and building the profile of the Festival.


Email Tara: [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 Coordinator – Tom Lidell

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