2017 Festival Team

Therese Faulkner

Festival President

This is Therese’s first year on 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. In 2015 he was General Manager of the Canberra International Film Festival, and was a Consultant to the Festival in 2016.

Alice Taylor

Festival Co-Programmer

Alice is a Canberra-based 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 has worked in the film industry for 16 years in Sydney, the UK and Alice Springs (as a Producer for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association). Locally Alice has worked at the NFSA, has been an invited member of the ACT Screen Industry Association, a judge for the Canberra Short Film Festival, a consultant to the Stronger Than Fiction documentary film festival and was Festival Director of CIFF in 2016.

Ronin Films

Festival Manager

Ronin films is a Canberra business that has functioned nationally for 42 years as a specialist film distributor, focussing on the promotion of independent Australian films including features such as STRICTLY BALLROOM, SHINE and ROAD TO NHILL. Today Ronin manages a curated collection of about 600 Australian documentaries. The company has also managed cinemas in various east-coast cities, and especially Electric Shadows in Canberra, from its formation in 1979 to its closure in 2006. Ronin’s key staff will be an essential part of the CIFF management team:

Business Manager: Craig McConnell
Craig managed accounts and film freight (inward and outward) for CIFF in 2015 and 2016. For Ronin Films he has served for 15 years as Business Manager responsible for the company’s accounts, invoices and business systems, as well as fulfilling sales orders and preparing financial reports for the large number of filmmakers that the company represents.

Operations Manager: Sue Faulkner
Sue has worked at Ronin for 33 years and is pivotal to the company’s success as a cinema operator and distributor. An experienced graphic artist, Sue is also responsible for the company’s advertising and promotional materials and has personally designed ad campaigns and schedules for many Australian feature films including STRICTLY BALLROOM and SHINE. She also manages the Ronin website, email newsletters and social media. She worked as Operations Manager for CIFF in 2015.