2013 Panel of Judges

Pearl Tan


Pearl Tan is the director of Pearly Productions, creating independent films and providing services to businesses, arts organisations and actors. She graduated from the NIDA Acting course in 2005. Originally from Western Australia, she also holds a Communications degree majoring in Media Studies from Edith Cowan University. In 2013 she received a Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarship from The University of Sydney to undertake a Master of Commerce, specialising in Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her short films Seeya Rach, Thanks for Coming and Baby Cake have screened both nationally and internationally at numerous film festivals. There have been well over 115,000 views of content produced by Pearly Productions on YouTube including her acclaimed series MINORITY BOX. She teaches filmmaking at NIDA, screen acting at the Actors Centre Australia, is the Head of Screen Acting at North Shore Drama and has worked behind the scenes for Channel 7, Channel 9, Network 10, Perth’s 96fm and Faith Martin Casting. Pearl was a recipient of the 2009 Mike Walsh Fellowship to attend the New York Film Academy. Her credits as an actor include Motel (Sydney Theatre Company/Wharf 2Loud), Love’s Triumph (Darlinghurst Theatre) feature films Home Song Stories, Sleeping Beauty and for television Channel 9’s Sea Patrol and ABC’s upcoming show Nowhere Boys. Visit www.pearlyproductions.com for more information.

Craig Boreham

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Craig Boreham, is a Sydney based writer, director. A graduate the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Craig has directed short films, several ads, music clips and has worked extensively in the area of post-production on many projects. His films have been seen in over 150 festival screenings and received numerous awards including “Best Film – My Queer Career,” Mardi Gras Film Festival, “The City of Melbourne Best Short Film Award”, Melbourne Queer Film Festival. His short drama TRANSIENT, premiered at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Teddy Award for best short film and the following year Craig was invited to return to Berlin as one of two Australian directors chosen to attend the Berlinale Talent Campus with classes and seminars held by industry heavy weights such as Michel Gondry, Wim Wenders, Christopher Doyle, and Anthony Dod Mantle. In 2008 a retrospective of Craig’s work, CINEMA OF TRUE POISON was presented by Fundacion Triangulo in Madrid. Craig is currently developing two feature films with producers Annmaree J Bell.

Donna Chang

Donna CroppedDonna Chang is an Sydney producer. She recently produced the 1-hour documentary for ABC TV Arts ‘William Yang: My Generation’ which screened at Sydney Film Festival and New Zealand International Film Festival, and is also producing two other adaptations of William’s works – ‘Blood Links’ and ‘Friends of Dorothy’. She is also currently co-producing ‘The Dream of Perfection’, a documentary which will be screened as part of the Sydney Opera House’s 40th birthday celebrations on ABC TV.

Her recent credits include ‘Ash Wednesday’, which was part of The Turning film anthology (Melbourne International Film Festival 2013).

Currently she is working for Felix Media, as well as producing her own work for production company Studio Balloon. Her latest project, supported by Screen Australia, is THE CROSSING (dir. Marieka Walsh), a short stop-motion sand animation.