Behind the Festival

 

John Seale

John Seale  |  Cinematographer |  ACS ASC

FOUNDING PATRON

Movies were the popular art form of the 20th Century and cinema has confirmed its place today as the world’s leading form of entertainment thanks to landmark films like The Mosquito Coast, Rain Man, Gorillas in the Mist, Dead Poets Society, The Firm, Lorenzo’s Oil, The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Cold Mountain, The Tourist and Mad Max: Fury Road.

The common thread linking all of these films is Australian master cinematographer John Seale. John has spent a lifetime creating cinematic masterpieces - he won an Academy Award for The English Patient and was nominated for another Oscar® for Mad Max: Fury Road.

 

Peter Chenoweth

Peter Chenoweth

PRESIDENT

After a career in IT and telecommunications, Peter gained an MBA from Melbourne Business School/New York University, and created his own events management business in Melbourne. Since moving to Noosa he has served on the management committees of Slow Food Noosa, the Noosa Long Weekend, Business Mentoring Noosa, was President of CCIQ Noosa (Chamber of Commerce), and founded NIFF. He is passionate about the capacity of film to touch and change lives, the economic impact of cultural tourism, and the vital importance of collaboration.

 

Holly Pittman

Holly Pittman

CURATOR

Holly joined the NIFF management committee in 2017 as co-curator and this year will lead NIFF's programming team as curator.  Her passion and in depth knowledge of film is evident - as a member of the Noosa Film Society since 2004 and currently President, her past roles involved film research and programming, publicity and marketing. She regularly attends international film festivals, both in Australia and overseas. These include the Sydney Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival and short film festivals such as Tropfest, the Manhattan Shorts and Flickerfest. She is a founding juror for the Heart of Gold International Film Festival, now in its eleventh year.

 

Alison Cooper

Alison Cooper

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

Alison is a marketing communications specialist and social media strategist with an interest in festival-style events and purpose-driven businesses. With experience in corporate and online communications, event marketing and a Bachelor of Public Relations, Alison is excited to be leading the NIFF marketing team and also manages the Festival's social media channels.

 

Sarah Radge

Sarah Radge

DESIGNER

Sarah is an award winning Graphic Designer with a background in web, graphic design and print. Sarah's eye for current and eye-catching artwork saw her win Gold at the prestigious 2015 Southern Cross Packaging Design Awards. With an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design and a background in hospitality and event management, she is passionate about making the Festival memorable for everyone.

 

Louise McNeish

Louise McNeich

TREASURER

Louise is the principal of LMC Accounting and Financial Services, located in the heart of Noosa. The team at LMC provide its clients with a high standard of service that is friendly and professional. Louise is a Registered Tax Agent, Certified Practising Accountant and has a Diploma in Financial Services. Louise has been in public practice for some 14 years and has been the Principal of LMC since 2012.

 

Chris Chenoweth

Chris Chenoweth

SECTRETARY

Christine established a successful career in Melbourne with management positions ranging from the hotel industry to the finance sector.  She then established her own property development company in 1994 and was managing director until her move to Noosa in 2010. Christine is excited about the future of film and the intersection between technology and the arts.

 

Tasha Lawson

Tasha Lawton

FILMMAKER LIAISON

 

Tania Petsinis

LEGAL

Senior Lawyer, Media Arts Lawyers (Melbourne).

 

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce Hamilton

OPERATIONS

Bruce boasts more than 45 years’ experience in community theatre in Western Australia and locally and NIFF is fortunate to have Bruce head up its Production team. Currently he's involved in the Noosa Arts Theatre, where he is the sound manager, The Lind in Nambour and Coolum Theatre Players. He has toured as sound designer/operator for several independent theatre productions in Queensland, and as sound recording engineer for several locally produced movies. He has also worked as Stage Manager and Production Manager for the Noosa Long Weekend Festival, and as MC and recording engineer for various Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestras and classical music groups.

 

Trent Harvison

Trent Harvison

OPERATIONS

Owner of Starry Nights Outdoor Cinema.