Judges

Sandfly is very pleased to have such an exciting array of talent judging this years film awards.

benlee Ben Lee is an ARIA award-winning singer/songwriter that has been around for some 20-plus years. Ben’s early years saw releases on the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal label and Thurston Mooreʼs Ecstatic Peace! imprint, and formation of the band Noise Addict. He has charmed us ever since, unleashing his own unique version of pop, with 7 solo albums including Breathing Tornados, Awake Is the New Sleep and The Rebirth of Venus. With his upcoming self produced release Deeper Into Dream, Ben Lee examines the intricate layers of dreams, looking to make sense out of life’s most complex questions and ideals. Ben’s acting talents were shown off in the 2003 feature film The Rage in Placid Lake.
Karen Johnson Karen Johnson is a highly experienced drama and documentary editor, she has worked on over 50 productions and also been nominated for two IF awards in recognition for her editing work on Beneath Clouds and One Night The Moon. Recently, her body of work has included Katoomba (30 min short film, winner St Kilda FF and Dendy Awards 2007), First Australians (2009 AFI award best Documentary series), and feature films Penelopa and Griff The invisible. Karen is particularly interested in projects that explore the subtext of everyday life.
jessicachapnick Sandfly welcomes back the face of the 2010 winner for Best Music Video; Jessica Chapnik Kahn, aka Appleonia. This singer-songwriter and actress, is well known for her role on Home And Away. In recent years she has toured nationally and internationally as a musician with bands and artists such as Sarah Blasko, Old Man River, Lior and the Kahn Brothers. Jessica has collaborated with musician Ben Lee on a number of projects, including the soundtrack for the Australian film The Square. The album was nominated for both an AFI Award and an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Fine Arts Award for “Best Original Soundtrack”. Jessica’s debut record is due for release in 2012.
byron Byron Quandary is fast becoming a director to reckon with. His recent Music Videos – Husky’s History’s Door and Little Scout’s We Are Walking Out – show a striking cinematic vision with a passion for playful, unique ideas. Forming collaborations with award winning cinematographer Christopher Lee Miles and the team at Marshmallow
Productions, Byron strongly believes in utilising the potential of music video as a medium. His highly acclaimed short film Before The Bloom won best Film at Sandfly 2010, showing that Byron also has the right touch when in comes to tackling drama.
benferris Ben Ferris, is one of the founding partners of the Sydney Film School where he is currently the director. Ferris, a film writer / director / producer, has screened films at L’Etrange Film Festival in Paris, the One Take Film Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Festival in Tokyo, the Singapore International Film Festival, as well as having theatrical releases of his works in Tokyo, Croatia, and Australia. Ben was executive prodcer on the multi-award winning Australian feature film “Three Blind Mice”. Ben’s feature film “Penelope”, the first Australia-Croatia co-production, was released last year to critical acclaim.
cc CC Williams forms the graphics and production design half of Marshmallow Productions and grew up in Jervis Bay. She is the Communications Manager for the renowned Sydney architecture firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. CC tutors Design and Communications at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, and recently won a Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship, studying the interface of Architecture, Theatre and Environmental Graphics. She has a particular interest in pop theory, urban mapping and the transference of decoration, sign and applied graphics into the built and cinematic environment.
ulysses Ulysses Oliver covers the film production and web design half of Marshmallow Productions. A graduate of the Sydney Film School, Ulysses has won awards for his work in Sound Design and Editing, and has experience as a Director of Photography. Ulysses was the producer for two award winning shorts; Amanecer, which has been featured in over 30 festivals around the world, and The Telegram Man, a 35mm short set in 1932, which was selected for Flickerfest, Australia’s most prestigious short film festival.

They all look forward to scoring some amazing content!