We're at the Jewish International Film Festival!

We are incredibly excited about collaborating with the Jewish International Film Festival this year. We have put together an amazing panel of women screen practitioners following the screening of Israeli feature People That Are Not Me אנשים שהם לא אני, exploring how intimacy, relationships, sex, and sexuality are approached through the female perspective in screen storytelling.

Our panellists are:

Leanne Tonkes

Leanne Tonkes develops and produces engaging and emotional stories with a focus on content for female audiences worldwide. She has become an advocate for Gender Equality in the film industry and champions the careers of female writers and directors. Her credits include director Mairi Cameron’s debut feature The Second which will premiere in cinemas and on STAN in 2018, award winning web series This is Desmondo Ray! (2017)feature film My Mistress (2014), and AFI award winning short Dog with an Electric Collar (2008). She is currently producing Emma Freeman’s feature film The Circus written by Alice Bell and Tigress to be directed by Leena Yadav and written by Jane Hampson. She is also adapting two novels - Erin McKean's The Secret Lives of Dresses and The Wedding Season with Menik Gooneratne, Gurinda Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges (Bend It Like Beckham)


Nina Buxton

Nina Buxton is a Victorian College of the Arts graduate and a director known for telling stories from the female perspective. Her award winning debut short film WOOF! toured Australian and international festivals before being distributed by Flickerfest in 2015. In 2016 Nina participated in the Film School Fest München director’s talent lab in Germany and worked as an EPK director for Matchbox Pictures. Since then she has written and directed her second short film Mwah which premiered in the emerging director’s Accelerator program at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She was recently awarded the 'Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year' at Byron Bay Film Festival.


Dannika Horvat

Dannika Horvat is an award winning writer, director from Melbourne. Inspired by the Australian landscape, Dannika is drawn to telling stories that focus on young women and deals with themes of sexuality and moral ambiguity. 

Dannika is best known for her 2014 graduate short film, The Summer of ABC Burns, for which she was nominated Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year at the 2015 Byron Bay Film Festival and awarded Best Director at the 2016 Melbourne Queer Film Festival. The film went on to win such accolades as the Audience Choice Award at the St Kilda Film Festival in 2015 and Best Tertiary Fiction at the 2015 ATOM Awards, and has screened at festivals including Palm Springs International Shortfest 2015, San Francisco Short Film Festival 2015 and Flickerfest 2016.

Dannika graduated with Film Class Honours in a Master of Screenwriting from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016 and is currently in development for her next short film and first feature length narrative. Alongside filmmaking, Dannika's photography clientele include Acclaim Magazine, Ladies of Leisure and Oats the Label. Dannika’s photography focuses on documenting intimate moments and is inspired by natural light and quiet, private places. 


Moderated by

Associate Professor Olivia Khoo (Monash University)

Olivia Khoo teaches in the Film and Screen Studies section at Monash University. She has published widely on women and gender in cinema, and is a Series editor of the Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia book series at Palgrave Macmillan.  




The screening and panel are Sunday October 29th, 4:15pm at Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn.

Further details can be found via: http://jiff.com.au/films/people/. See you there!

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