Jurors Announced For 2014 SciFi Film Festival

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With entries about to close for the 2014 SciFi Film Festival the judges of the 2014 Festival have been announced. They are:

  • Lorraine Bayly was born in Narrandera, a small town in Central New South Wales. Her first performance was at age 3, playing tambourine with the Salvation Army. Ages 5-9, she wrote, directed and starred in plays in the local jail; her father being a policeman, amateur magician and ventriloquist. Age 9-10, she had a ventriloquist act which 35 years later she performed part of on The Parkinson Show in 1984, using Michael as her dummy. Age 11-12, Lorraine played classical piano Saturday afternoons live on Radio 2UE and at 21, was a founding member of the Ensemble Theatre at Kirribilli in Sydney. Over the next 55 years Lorraine has played 43 roles in various theatre companies all over Australia.
  • Poppy Cave has been involved in the short film industry for many years on both sides of the camera. During her career in Documentary Film Animation as a Visual Effects Production Manager she collaborated with the producers of the Australian AFI award winning documentary “Death of the Megabeasts” and others for Discovery and National Geographic Channels.
  • David Griffiths has worked as an Entertainment Journalist/Reviewer in Australia for over  twenty years now. That time has seen him host the popular X-Wired television program as well as write for magazines such as Buzz Magazine, The Banner, Heavy and Eternity. He has even branched out into writing online for www.subcultureentertainment.com, The Buzz, Media Search and The Book, The Film, The T-Shirt. He also spent four years working as the Entertainment Editor for Entertainment Scene 360.Dave has also worked consistently in radio since he turned 18 and is today the co-host of Melbourne’s 94.1FM’s own breakfast show – The Wednesday Motley Crew. He is also a host of the world famous ‘The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Podcast’ and is the main man behind the ‘Subculture Podcast’. As far as Film Reviewing goes David is a member of AFCA (Australian Film Critics Association and IPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics)/FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique).
  • Blake Howard is a writer, a podcaster, the editor-in-chief & co founder of Australian film blog Graffiti With Punctuation, but above all he’s a son of Batman. Beginning as a padawan co-host of That Movie Show 2UE and now a member of the prestigious Online Film Critic Society; swaying the Tomato Meter with Rotten Tomatoes approved reviews; Blake loves nothing more than to watch and share the effects of movies.
  • Peter Krausz is a former president of the Australian Film Critics Association, a FIPRESCI-accredited judge for film juries, consultant to the Goethe-Institut for the annual Festival of German Films, judge on various categories for the AFI/AACTA Awards, and judge for the 48 Hour Film Project and Bayside Film Festival. He broadcasts a weekly two-hour film and television program on 3NRG, 99.3FM called ‘Movie Metropolis’, and runs many Q&As for various distributors and cinemas. He also publishes regular film festival reviews on the AFCA website, plus film articles for Independent Education magazine. He recently presented a seminar on the history of science fiction film in Australia at the Con 9 Science Fiction convention in 2013 in Melbourne
  • Vinh Nguyen is a filmmaker whose films Bliss and Handy have been screened nationally and at Cannes, and his festival awards includes Best Film at 48 Green Hours (2011) and Shortcuts (2012). He has a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications (UTS) and has produced quirky and engaging work for Sydney Theatre Company, Cancer Council and Headspace. He continually pursues to tell riveting stories through a tactile aesthetic and aims to better master his craft. An avid fan of B-movies, Vinh strongly adheres to the work ethics of Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi. Apart from film, he has a high passion in ping pong, games and cosplay, proudly donning the Captain America uniform while blitzing through a Breaking Bad Marathon.
  • Enzo Tedeschi produced and edited the enormously successful documentaries Food Matters and Hungry For Change, as well as numerous television series, documentaries and award-winning short films with directors such as Carlo Ledesma, Shane Abbess, Marc Furmie, and Andrew Traucki. He has edited and overseen the post-production paths on Channel Nine’s Logie nominated Things To Try Before You Die, and the observational documentary series AFP for Zapruder’s Other Films. Enzo was nominated for an Australian Screen Editor’s Guild Award in 2008 for Best Editing in TV Non-Drama for Gardening For Kids With Madi.


The festival will be held on Sunday 16th November, 2014 at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. For more information please go to www.scififilmfestival.com