2019 Festival Team

Dr Michael Kindler

Festival President

Dr Michael Kindler is a life-long educator who believes in the transformative value of cinema and its short but legendary value not just as entertainment, but as an educative tool that allows for insights and understandings not readily available off-screen. In this digital age, Michael believes that both analogue and digital worlds have much to make us enjoy and learn. He has taught and teaches in several Australian schools, colleges and universities, as well as in Japan, the UAE and Hong Kong. In particular, he enjoys the way cinema champions the underdog as well as the triumphant, and has become an aficionado of cinema since being a teenager and wants others to also enjoy this medium. He lives in Canberra and currently holds the position of Project Advisor in the Executive Master of Arts Program in the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change, at the Education University of Hong Kong.

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, 2018 and 2019.