The 2020 AFF Feature Fiction and Documentary competitions were decided by a prestigious jury. Their expertise covered a broad range of engagements with the screen, from writing, criticism, exhibition to production.

We thank them for their passionate and dedicated investment in deciding the 2020 winners, awarding $20,000 in prizes.

Andrew Bovell

Andrew Bovell

Playwright, screenwriter

Andrew Bovell is the writer of numerous films and plays. His screen credits include, Lantana, Blessed, Head On, A Most Wanted Man, Edge of Darkness and Strictly Ballroom. Recent plays include When the Rain Stops Falling, The Secret River and Things I Know to be True. He’s currently working on an adaptation of the novel Stoner for Blumhouse and Film Four and a six-part TV adaptation of Things I Know to be True for Matchbox Pictures.

Khoa Do

Khoa Do

Film director, producer, screenwriter

Khoa Do has received awards for his work in film, television and community theatre. His work has also been nominated for AFI Awards, IF Awards, AWGIES and Logies. In 2013, Khoa wrote and directed the mini-series Better Man for SBS, for which he received Best Director at the Australian Director’s Guild Awards. Khoa currently sits on the board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Zak Hepburn

Zak Hepburn

Film critic, film programmer, cinema manager, Q&A moderator

Melbourne-based Zak Hepburn currently appears on the nationally broadcast ABC News Breakfast as the resident film critic. Zak is also the General Manager of Melbourne’s iconic Astor Theatre, in which he curates the eclectic program of repertory and event cinema. Zak holds a Masters in Cultural Arts & Management Specialising in the Moving Image and when not in the cinema he enjoys spending time with his bulldog Kubrick.

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Rebecca Summerton – Producer, owner/director of Closer Productions

Bec’s credits include Animals, an Australian- Irish co-production which premiered at Sundance 2019, and SBS mini-series The Hunting which became SBS’s highest rating Australian drama series. Bec produced feature documentary Sam Klemke’s Time Machine and the innovative feature 52 Tuesdays which won the Directing Award, World Cinema at Sundance and the Crystal Bear for Best Film at Berlinale. Bec is currently in production on Aftertaste.

Natasha Wanganeen

Natasha Wanganeen – Actress, singer, dancer

Natasha Wanganeen is an internationally renowned actress, winning the AFI Young Actors Award in 2004 for her role in Jessica. Her credits include Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), Australian Rules (2002), Black and White (2002), Cargo (2017), Lucy and DiC (2019) and Storm Boy (2019). Her extensive stage credits include Secret River, Shadow King and Cloud Street. Recently, Natasha was honoured as one of the faces of AFF 2018 and an icon of South Australia.