Michelle Law is a writer and actor working across print, theatre, film and television. She wrote the smash-hit play Single Asian Female, which has sold out seasons and continues to tour across Australia. Her screenwriting work includes the SBS show Homecoming Queens, which she co-created, co-wrote and stars in. Michelle has been awarded a Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award, and two Australian Writers Guild awards. She is currently developing two new plays, an opera and an original feature film. Her latest play, Miss Peony, will be staged at Belvoir St Theatre in 2020.
Alexander has produced a wide range of content ranging from graphic design, fashion photography, press shots, web video advertisements, music video clips, marketing films and cinema ads for large-scale developments.
Tamasin Simpkin has experience in both online and traditional media spaces, and a passion for collaborating with diverse talent to create meaningful entertainment. Joining Film Victoria as a Production Executive earlier this year, she works across both the development and production funding programs. An alumni of the Screen Producers Australia Ones to Watch Program, and nominee for Breakthrough Business of the Year, she has over a decade of experience working across casting, locations, production, and most recently producing, giving her a holistic understanding of the production process which compliments her passion and instinct for story. Her most recent production, Get Krack!n, was described by critics as “the finest satire ever put to air on Australian television”, “comedy at its groundbreaking best” and “a must-watch for all Australians”. Tamasin’s previous work on The Katering Show allowed her to develop the knowledge and skills pertinent to online production and distribution – be it an independent project or in collaboration with a network. The first series had 2 million views in its first week online and took out numerous awards, including Best of the Fest and Best Short Form Series at the New York Television Festival, an AWGIE for Best Short Form Series, and the award for Best Comedy at ITV Festival, Melbourne Webfest and the Online Video Awards. Series two also broke the record for most watched ABC iView original program at the time of its release.
Julie Kalceff is an award-winning writer, director and producer. She is best known as the creator, writer, director, and producer of the international hit online drama series Starting From Now and writer, director and co-producer of children’s television series First Day. Attracting both critical and popular acclaim, Starting From Now is one of Australia’s most successful multi-platform projects. It has amassed over 130 million views, been watched in over 230 countries, and was also sold to and played on broadcast television in Australia. With Starting From Now, Julie went against the online comedy trend and created a web series model which is now used as a case-study around the world. Julie was the sole writer and director on all 30 episodes of the series and was a producer on all five seasons. First Day won the MiPCOM Diversify TV’s Excellence Award for Kids’ Programming, 2018, and the Gender Equity Prize at the prestigious Prix Jeunesse International Children’s Television Festival, 2018. Julie won the Best Screenplay Award (My Queer Career) at the Mardi Gras Film Festival, 2018, for her work on First Day, which also picked up the Audience Award. First Day is the first scripted television series in Australia to star a transgender actor in the lead role. Julie is the founder and director of the Sydney-based production company Common Language Films. She has helped raise public awareness around the lack of diversity on screen and has paved the way by embedding diverse characters in stories with broad appeal.
Steinar Ellingsen is co-founder and former director of Melbourne WebFest. He is a senior lecturer in Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Wollongong. Steinar has delivered keynotes and seminars on web series across the globe and is currently working on a four-year international research project on web series, funded by the Australian Research Council. His latest book chapter, “Writers, Producers and Creative Entrepreneurship in Web Series Development”, co-written with Dr Stayci Taylor (RMIT), is available in the Palgrave Handbook of Screen Production. The chapter details the often-liquid roles of writer and producer in web series production.
Ahmed is an award-winning creative entrepreneur, filmmaker, and artist with a passion for exploring the intersection between technology, storytelling, and social impact. He executive produced critically acclaimed “The Tunnel”, the first feature film to be crowdfunded and released commercially via BitTorrent. Building on his early experience in online storytelling, he launched the ‘Free Hugs Campaign’, Australia’s first viral music video and campaign spawning a global movement. Collaborating with Rocky Horror Picture show’s Jim Sharman, he co-produced ‘Andy X’ an experimental online musical about Andy Warhol.
More recently, he co-created 3 seasons of web series That Startup Show, recognised as a Webby Honouree. In 2020 he was a contributing artist for interdisciplinary sci-fi art project “The Parallel Effect” for the 2020 Next Wave Festival, and is currently directing a VR hybrid series exploring the boundaries of empathy. Ahmed is the creative director and co-founder of Futureology and currently lives and works upon the land of the Wurundjeri people. He holds a Master of Design degree from UNSW Art and Design.