PAULINE CLAGUE – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Pauline is a Yaegl women from the North Coast of New South Wales. She entered into the Industry in 1994 through the Indigenous Drama Initiative producing “Round Up”. Since then she has produced Documentaries and Dramas and been Series Producer for various initiatives and worked for ABC, SBS and NITV.
Known for her extensive work in championing and producing the works of Australia’s emerging and Indigenous filmmakers. Pauline has spent the last twenty years helping to develop and mentor other filmmakers and their voices. Pauline was the Series Producer for ABC’s Messagestick from 2000-2004. Pauline was the Indigenous training officer at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School from 2009 to 2013, developing more than 35 courses around Australia and training 650 Indigenous people in Film, Television and Radio. During this time she was also a board member for Arts Law Centre of Australia. She is a strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, especially in the emerging areas.
In 2013 she took up the position of Commissioning Editor and Head of Internal Productions at NITV. Pauline has created a major landmark initiative, Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday which works with 60 Indigenous companies around Australia to produce 120 documentaries from Remote, Regional and Emerging Filmmakers each year. This is currently in its third series. She completed her time as Commissioning Editor at NITV in March 2015. Moving back into the freelance work she has been a line producer for TV shows, a Director for Corporate videos, an EP and Creator of Native Slam, a Programmer for imagineNATIVE in Canada and Founder of a foundation to create a Indigenous Media Hub and is currently developing Documentary and Feature Scripts. In 2015 she won the Stanley Hawes Award 2015 for Contribution to Australian Documentaries.
MEDIKA THORPE – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Medika is a Gunai and Gureng Gureng woman from Melbourne, Victoria. She grew up in and around Sydney being immersed in the Indigenous Arts scene as a young child.
Medika is very passionate for the Arts and has worked in many different Indigenous organizations in Australia and Canada. Medika started as a dancer, facilitating youth dance workshops travelling around regional and remote communities in Australia and appearing on Logie-nominated youth TV program Move It Mob Style and just recently appeared on Express Yourself which aired on NITV in June 2016.
Her background in the performing arts led her to work with Vibe Australia as the Community Engagement Manager and at NITV (National Indigenous Television) as the Production Coordinator for the Indigenous News & Current Affairs Team. Medika recently returned back to Australia after spending two years living and working in Toronto, Canada as the Guest Services Manager for imagineNATIVE, the World’s Largest Indigenous Film Festival.
ROWENA POTTS – GUEST SERVICES COORDINATOR
Rowena Potts is a documentary filmmaker currently completing a PhD in cultural anthropology at New York University. She holds a graduate diploma in documentary from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), and an MA in anthropology from NYU. Her most recent short film is about pigeon flyers in Brooklyn, New York. She joins Winda Film Festival 2017 as the Guest Services Coordinator.
CAITLIN GUNST – VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Caitlin Gunst graduated from UTS with a Bachelor of Communication in creative writing. She has taken refuge in the arts her whole life, and always does her best to contribute what she can. An avid film buff, Caitlin interned at Sydney Film Festival in 2017, where she learnt of the hard work and passion required to create a film festival. With years of experience in management and events, Caitlin hopes to one day organise her own festival, while simultaneously writing a movie as perfect as The Princess Bride and forcing all her friends and family to watch it.