Our volunteers include university students, industry professionals and local film enthusiasts. They include a wide range of nationalities as well as Australian. People who support this initiative and are willing to help are always welcome in our team.
Nalina Cat Tran
Nalina Cat Tuong is a Vietnamese-Australian producer with a background in film, advertising and documentary. As a passionate cultural advocate, she strongly resonates with PADIFF and the festival’s core values, which thrives to provide a platform for underrepresented and marginalized voices.
Nalina is currently working as a commercial producer at News Corp while actively taking on impact-driven screen projects, including: Did I Choose My Trauma? (2021) and Cleaning Our Trauma ( 2021), both are mini docuseries exploring the confrontational question of the journey to healing, transformation and growth.
In 2022, Nalina produced a mental health focused short film, titled: I’m Good, supported by Metal Wheels Foundation. The story is more than just a tale about the crisis of mental health in Australia, but a creative aim to break the stigmas about men living with mental health.
Recently, she was selected as a Factual Producer Attachment recipient for a documentary series: Australia’s Sleep Revolution with Dr. Michael Mosley, with SBS and Artemis Media. Nalina has also been involved in a producer mentorship during development for Here Out West feature film (Sydney Film Festival 2021) as part of Behind Closed Doors initiative.
As a producer, Nalina’s career focus is to bring bold voices from underrepresented communities to screens. She is passionate about authentic story-telling in the digital era, filmmaking practices, and cultural diversity in this ever changing landscape.
Camera & Drone
Mark Thurston is a passionate filmmaker from Adelaide who has been producing a TV show for years. The show airs on Channel 44 and focuses on telling stories through music.
Jay is a creative individual who appreciates learning about many customs, pop culture, video games, technology, motorcycles, and muscle cars. He is organised, disciplined and enthusiastic, and has an eye for detail and a talent for problem solving.
With experience in UI/UX design and app development, Jay is always learning and evolving in terms of design and visualisation. Having completed his diploma and bachelor’s degrees in design in India, Jay moved to Australia to study for a Masters degree at UniSA. Bringing his interests in minimalistic and digital art, logo design and Japanese culture, Jay works creatively across both web and online learning projects, as well as being involved in the Port Adelaide Diversity and Inclusion Film Festival.
Blake Battersby is a recent UniSA Film and TV Graduate, he has volunteered working on a number of Channel 44 shows including Our Time which is the current editor. He has also worked on a few short films including the award winning Flugelbound.
Colin J. Pearce
Production Sound Recordist
Colin is a Sony Digital Imaging Advocate and a film sound recordist. He was manager of Dale Street Studios, a professional music recording and filmmaking facility in Port Adelaide. He has done a wide range of jobs in film production including producer of three feature films, as well as assistant director, production manager, unit manager, continuity, D.O.P, camera operator, camera assistant, gaffer, grip, stills photographer, editor, colourist, boom operator and sound recordist on numerous projects over the years.
Bidur is very passionate about filmmaking. He has been generating promo videos and BTS for many films and music videos. He loves to go out and create some amazing content for his youtube channel.
Neelu teaches Journalism at the University of South Australia and has also been a lecturer in multimedia in the UK. She has a broadcast background working as a producer, presenter and journalist in radio and TV in the UK.
Currently she course coordinates Production for News and Social Media and the first year core course Ideas, Innovation and Communication in UniSA Creative. Working as a producer and editor she has produced the Talking Papers videos for UniSA https://www.unisa.edu.au/research/talking-papers/ and currently produces Research Corner for UniSA Creative. She has also been a judge for the South Australian Media awards for the past ten years. Neelu works with the Salvation Army working with the homeless in Adelaide and is beginning work with the Refugee Association of South Australia.
Antonia is a solicitor at Douglas Hoskins Legal who practises Family Law and Wills and Estates. Antonia has a long association with the arts, having completed an Arts Degree at Flinders University, including Screen Studies, and having worked in commercial art galleries in Adelaide and the UK.
Cat is an experienced Medical Secretary at Adelaide Spine & Brain, working with Dr Selby whose specialty is assisting patients with scoliosis of the spine. She is also the founder of Outstyled, an event management and outdoor space enhancement business.
Sina Matezki is a German Video Editor located in Australia. She has worked on numerous film and video productions. Sina is also skilled in developing and creating motion graphics, animations and live production mapping for immersive live productions and has a strong fascination for live experiences.
Sina has an open mind and is constantly learning and evolving her skillset as a creative professional. Her passion for storytelling, arts and evoking emotions has led her to different places and experiences and made her a strong team player, always ready to take on a new challenge.
Keegan is a screenwriter and editor from Adelaide. Since achieving a Bachelor of Film and Television from the University of South Australia, Keegan has applied their skills to numerous projects across narrative, documentary, and corporate sectors of production. Keegan has a passion for the diverse modes of storytelling that paint our understanding of the world, and the independent voices that allow those stories to be told.