2016 Festival Team

Alice Taylor

Festival Director

Alice Taylor is a Canberra-based film producer with a background in TV documentary and feature films. Alice studied film and TV production and film history at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and began her career working in television at Beyond Productions in Sydney in 2001. Since that time she has worked in the UK on a number of documentary series’ and feature film Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont. Her portfolio of work includes programs broadcast on the National Geographic Channel, Nine Network, Channel Seven, Discovery Networks Europe, UK History Channel, Carlton TV, Imparja TV, NITV, and Foxtel. Since returning to her hometown in Canberra, Alice has been involved in local feature films The Competition and Locks of Love, is an invited member of the ACT Screen Industry Association, a regular judge for the Canberra Short Film Festival and has been a consultant to the Stronger than Fiction documentary film festival. Alice was Vice-President of the Canberra International Film Festival committee in 2015 and one of four programmers led by program convener Andrew Pike.

David Caffery

Festival Event Management

With a background in arts event management, programming and cultural philosophy, David founded Dionysus to support Canberra’s cultural development.
Dionysus stemmed from Dave’s four years as Events and Cultural Coordinator for Molonglo Group as well as demand for cultural programs and advice from governing and development bodies.
Whilst researching the importance of an artistic culture for existential meaning, David started uniVibes, an events society hosting concerts at ANU and across Canberra. He coordinates NewActon’s Cultural Program, started the ACT Music Awards, curates ensembles and visual productions for his events, and has produced Art, Not Apart Festival from its inception. Most recently, David’s role in MusicACT helped to deliver a whole-of-government strategy for policy to support a vibrant musical capital, designed a $340k activation grant program for Canberra CBD and is a founding director of Australian Dance Party, a contemporary dance company based in our wonderfully evolving city. He is honoured to be the lead event manager of the Canberra International Film Festival in its 20th year.

Michael Liu

Festival Marketing and Communications

Michael Liu is a prominent marketing and events strategist with close relationships to many of Canberra’s media brands.
Michael began work in Canberra in the parliamentary Press Gallery before working a stint as a political staffer. He then branched out into the retail and hospitality industries in a range of sales and business development roles to broaden his skillset. He has also worked with Fashfest, Dendy Cinemas, Canberra Centre, as well as maintaining an ongoing relationship with Canberra International Airport.
Michael’s social media expertise and love of good content saw him selected as one of Visit Canberra’s 101 Human Brochures, and he continues to promote Canberra’s vibrant arts and events scene.
In 2015 Michael joined David Caffery as part of cultural development company Dionysus. He joins the team as Media and Events Strategist and has managed marketing and communications for the NewActon cultural program, Art, Not Apart festival, Hotel Hotel’s Fix and Make program as well as the redeveloped Grants In the City scheme.
Michael is excited to be working on Canberra International Film Festival in its 20th anniversary year.

Anna Trundle

Festival Design

As an innovative and versatile designer, Anna has never backed down from a solid creative challenge. Her approach to visual problem solving is lively and engaging, expressed through her own artistic practice and by supporting other creatives to recreate our world visually in a vast array of styles, conceptual approaches and mediums.
Anna is armed with a degree in Illustration, 8 years of experience operating her own freelance creative studio, and has exhibited her work in both formal galleries and impromptu spaces in Melbourne and Canberra. She has artistically directed and collaborated on a diverse range of client’s projects across a variety of industries, including publishing, education, small business, and the arts. Highlights have been large scale installations for Sofitel Melbourne with Craft Victoria, identity design for Soldier On Australia, stop-motion papercraft animation for Etsy, and workshops for the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Art, Not Apart Festival and Westfield Woden.
Anna joined the team at Dionysus in 2016 to assist in the delivery of the Art, Not Apart festival in NewActon, where she was responsible for overseeing the festival’s 150 artists and their artworks, installations and performances. She now advises Dionysus’ clients on the best practices to visually communicate their projects thoughtfully and courageously as the company’s Creative Co-ordinator.

Konrad Lenz

Programming Contributor

Konrad Lenz is a Canberra-based artist and musician. He studied visual arts at Meadowbank TAFE in Sydney and at the Canberra School of Art majoring in Photomedia. He has always had a love for films and was a co-founder and a co-programmer at the Big House Film Society. He is a filmmaker and a self-published reviewer of films online.

Ronin Films

Festival Consultants

Andrew Pike, OAM is a film distributor, film historian and documentary film-maker. His company, Ronin Films, was formed in 1974 and, from its base in Canberra, has been responsible for the national release of many Australian feature films, most notably STRICTLY BALLROOM and SHINE, and today specialises in the distribution of Australian social documentaries. The company has also managed cinemas in several cities, most notably the Electric Shadows Twin Cinemas in Canberra from 1979 to 2006. Andrew and the Ronin team managed the 2015 Canberra International Film Festival and this year have continued their support for the festival in acting as consultants to the festival director and committee.