Joanna Elena Batsakis is an up-and-coming film academic and an artist. Currently she is writing her PhD on her favourite artist, Dennis Hopper. Joanna has recently published academic papers not only about Hopper, but also on Julian Schnabel, Robert Mitchum, Marc Maron, Sofia Coppola, and Scarlett Johansson’s relationship with the fashion house Dolce & Gabbana and the history of Italian fashion. Joanna has published for journals such as Screening the Past, Celebrity Studies, Senses of Cinema and Refractory Journal.
Athena Bellas teaches in the Screen and Cultural Studies department at the University of Melbourne. Her book, Fairy Tales on the Teen Screen: Rituals of Girlhood, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.
Felicity Chaplin is Scholarly Teaching Fellow in French Studies at Monash University. She also teaches European cinema at the Monash Prato Centre in Italy. Her book, La Parisienne in cinema: between art and life (Manchester UP, 2017), is published by Manchester University Press. Her work appears in Australian Journal of French Studies, Colloquy, Lola, Metro, Screening the Past and Senses of Cinema. She is currently working on a monograph on Charlotte Gainsbourg and a project examining the French reaction to the #MeToo movement.
Emma Downey a California native, is currently a graduate student of English at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Her interest in film stems from her academic research projects but her passion for film comes from childhood nights where films were an escape from reality into places filled with fantasy and imagination.
Soham Gadre is a filmmaker and writer based in DC, America. He works for an environmental non-profit and volunteers and contributes to local film festivals as well as short film productions in the DC area.
Belinda Glynn is a doctoral candidate at Monash University. She is interested in how female stars operated as figures of power and negotiation in classical Hollywood and spends much too much time watching black and white movies in the name of research.
Ammar Keshodia is a filmmaker and curator with a background in advertising and commercial production. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Cinema Studies. In the past, he’s taught a variety of workshops and classes focused on helping first-time filmmakers learn about directing, cinematography and editing. Since 2016, Ammar has been working at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in the Festival Programming department, screening short film submissions from around the globe.
Whitney Monaghan is an Assistant Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University. Her background is in screen, media and cultural studies and her research examines the representation of gender, queer and youth identities, digital culture, and new forms of screen media. She is the author of Queer Girls, Temporality and Screen Media: Not 'Just a Phase'(Palgrave, 2016).
Tom Vincent is the Program Manager for film at the Perth International Arts Festival in Australia and a program consultant for Leeds International Film Festival in the UK. He curates film seasons and manages film projects across Western Australia.
Kate Warren is a Lecturer of Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University. She received her PhD in Art History from Monash University in 2016, and her current research focuses on cross-overs within contemporary film, video, moving image and photographic practices She was previously a curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, and she writes regularly about contemporary art and cinema, including in publications such as emaj: Online Journal of Art, Senses of Cinema, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, History of Photography, Persona Studies and Discipline.