2018 Festival Team

Therese Faulkner

Festival President

This is Therese’s second year as the head of the CIFF Committee. Professionally, Therese was formerly a senior executive with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and with AusAID. She now works as a Senior Specialist with Coffey International Development, involved with two major Australia Awards scholarship programs – in Indonesia and in Papua New Guinea. She has a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy from ANU, 2003, and has completed courses in Leadership, Public Sector Management, Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. She is a film enthusiast and a long-time hands-on manager of social clubs, both in the public service sector and in the community.

Andrew Pike, OAM

Festival Director

Andrew is a film distributor, film historian and documentary film-maker. With Ross Cooper, he co-authored Australian Film 1900-1977. His company, Ronin Films, was formed in 1974 and has distributed many hundreds of Australian films including STRICTLY BALLROOM and SHINE. He operated the Electric Shadows Twin Cinema in Canberra for 27 years, 1979 to 2006. In 2007, he received an Order of Australia Medal and an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra. For ten years until 2012, he served on various iterations of the Board of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. As a documentary director, his films include ANGELS OF WAR, THE CHIFLEYS OF BUSBY STREET, EMILY IN JAPAN, and MESSAGE FROM MUNGO. He has been closely involved with the Festival as Manager in 2015 and Director in 2017.