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Spark 2018

Judges Information

Shayne Armstrong

Shayne and his writing partner S.P. Krause are award-winning Australian screenwriters whose feature films include THE DARKNESS (2016), produced by Blumhouse (GET OUT, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY), ACOLYTES (2008) starring Joel Edgerton and BAIT 3D (2012) which was Australia’s highest grossing film internationally in 2012.The partnership is currently developing projects with Tim McGahan (PREDESTINATION,  WINCHESTER); Michael Rymer (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, HANNIBAL); Kristian Moliere (THE BABADOOK); Mark Hartley (PATRICK) and Michael Robertson (THE REEF) and Animal Logic (THE LEGO MOVIE). 
They won Best Short Film AWGIE for RARER MONSTERS and the John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction twice.
Shayne is a Board Member & Queensland National Executive of the Australian Writers Guild.

Rachel Clements

Rachel has produced award winning documentaries including Occupation: Native, The Song Keepers, Big Name No Blanket, Blown Away and Ochre and Ink. She has executive produced documentaries commissioned by ABC and NITV, including Destiny in Alice and Urrpeye (Messenger), NITV’s launch film. Rachel has produced drama projects including 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, the first Aboriginal narrative comedy series, and Double Trouble, the first Aboriginal children’s drama series. Current projects include Finke, a feature documentary for Madman which will premiere in 2018.

Aurora Schellings

Dr. Aurora Scheelings is Screen Media Coordinator/Lecturer at Charles Darwin University. She has assisted Leonard Retel-Helmrich in the teaching of his “Single Shot Cinema” cinematographic style to New York University students in Sydney and taught Masters students studying film production at Stanford University USA. She is currently writing on international screen production practices for The Palgrave Handbook of Screen Production (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) and will be speaking on socially engaged, politically relevant, culturally progressive low-budget fiction filmmaking at Victoria College of the Arts in June. Aurora is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with international and national broadcast credits (SBS, ABC, RTE, Al Jazeera, UK History Channel, Sky Arts).

David Tiley

In his long career, David Tiley has been a researcher, writer and director in documentary, community and corporate education, and a science magazine show for television, both in Australia and the UK, with a side order of script editing in fiction. He has worked for Film Victoria, the former Australian Film Commission, CSIRO, Open Channel, AFTRS and Melbourne University, though the majority of his knockabout professional life has been as a freelancer. Since 2005, he has edited Screen Hub, and crafted a distinctive mix of curiosity, humour and objectivity. He now calls himself a writer who works in screen media, and admits he is a tragic policy and finance wonk.