2023 Festival Team

Isabelle Faure

Festival President

Isabelle is a French Australian actress who was trained in acting, music (piano) and visual art in France where she was raised. Isabelle arrived in Australia in 2012 and was General Manager of the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival from 2012 to 2016. She is passionate about heritage cinema and joined the CIFF committee in 2018.

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 Festival Director from 2017 to 2023.