IFFM 2021 Awards Jury

Geoffrey Wright

Formerly a film critic, Australian filmmaker Geoffrey Wright made his directorial debut with the poignant short drama “Lover Boy. Lover Boy went on to win awards for Best Australian short film at both the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals.

Geoffrey Wright gained cult success with Russell Crowe starrer, Romper Stomper. Described as gritty, edgy, compelling, and authentic glimpse into inner dynamics of hate groups, Romper Stomper was lauded by critics and audiences. It received nominations for nine Australian Film Institute Awards and won three awards.

In 1994 he directed the gritty suburban thriller film Metal Skin, starring Ben Mendelsohn, and later directed the teen horror film Cherry Falls, starring Brittany Murphy. In 2006 he adapted Shakespeare's Macbeth for film, starring Sam Worthington and Lachy Hulme.

In 2017, Geoffrey Wright returned to create a sequel to the breakthrough classic Romper Stomper as a six-part series for Stan video streaming service.

Jill Bilcock

Synonymous to the world of film-editing, Jill Bilcock is an immeasurable professional with the world’s most sought-after awards and titles to her name. With four BAFTA nominations, five AACTA awards (including the International Award for Filmmaking Excellence), and an Oscar nomination for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge – Bilcock’s prolific collection of work includes six of the 20 highest-grossing films produced by Australia. Her credits further include one of Australia’s highest honours titled – the ‘Order of Australia’, which she received in 2018 for her extensive contribution to the Australian film fraternity. Some of her beloved films include - Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo +Juliet (1996), Muriel's Wedding (1994), Elizabeth (1998), Road to Perdition (2002) and The Dressmaker (2015).

The thrilling achievements in her life as celebrated by director Axel Grigor’s documentary, Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible (2017). The documentary pays tribute to Bilcock’s amazing career which spans over three decades and features commentary by an extended list of film personalities such as Cate Blanchett, Baz Luhrmann, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Kriv Stenders and Rachel Griffiths.

Rajeev Masand

Rajeev Masand is one of India’s renowned film critics and columnist, with a vibrant career reviewing numerous movies for over two decades. His journey commenced with working for the ‘Times of India’ as a correspondent following which he paved a new path into critiquing films. As part of being an affluent entertainment journalist – Masand has conducted famous interviews with big names like Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Guy Ritchie, and M Night Shyamalan alongside ace Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and the likes. His impressive work as a film critic earned him the ‘Best Entertainment Critic’ award by the National Television Awards thrice in the years 2008-11.

Vince Colosimo

Vince Colosimo is one of Australia’s renowned Australian Film Institute Awards winning film, theatre, and the television actor. With several award nominations and bagging awards such as the ‘Best New Talent’ and ‘Best Actor’ at the Sydney Film Critics Circle Award and Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF), Colosimo is a celebrated personality both in Australia and the United States. He is best known for his roles in Andrew Dominik’s Chopper, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Ray Lawrence’s Lantana (for which he won the AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor), Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies as well as Australian Box Office hits such as Wog Boy 2 and Face to Face (which got him a nomination at the AACTA awards and won him the Best Actor award at NBFF). His television roles in numerous shows such as Underbelly and The Secret Life of Us have made him one of the most recognised and loved Australian actors which the fraternity has witnessed till date.

In addition to this, the versatile actor has enjoyed a dynamic theatre career as well. He has featured in some successful productions such as The Wogboys (which was later adapted to a feature film), The Club, Piaf for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and the infamous Shakespeare inspired play, Twelfth Night for the State Theatre Company of South Australia.