2007 Gallery

We have a fantastic line up of finalist films and judges in 2007 so take a look below to learn more about them.

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The Finalists
The 8 finalist films of the 2007 Harmony Film Festival on the theme of respect in no particular order are:

Brown Trash
By Tresa Ponnor, Sydney, NSW (7 minutes)

Asha has a formal to go to and finding the right dress is no easy task, but help arrives when dad calls in the neighbours!

Without Seeing
By Salvador Gomez Cuenca, Spain (10 minutes)

Martin is 45 years old and blind. His world breaks into a thousand pieces when he is informed of the death of his guide dog and faithful companion, Pluto...



By Derrick Lui & Lee Chee Tian, Singapore (8 minutes)

A school girl's black & white world changes when one day she finds a pair of rainbow glasses and begins to appreciate the world in colour.


By Vikash Nowlakha, India (8 minutes)

This is the true story of Anita Kumari a village girl in the state of Bihar who against all the odds and opposition from her family went to school and became a successful businesswoman.


Rob Tim Tom
By Brendon Brown Killen, Dural, NSW (6 minutes)

Robert Smith is an autistic man who likes sewing, trains, babies and listening to white noise. But he also possesses an amazing creative talent.

How to be Australian... with Vin & Raj
By Manushka Khisty, Melbourne, VIC (8 minutes)

An 'old migrant' Vin imparts to a 'new migrant' Raj, his unique take on Australia, Humorously touching upon topical issues like the citizenship test, refugees, the flag, 'sorry', multiculturalism, and 'unaustralian'...

Vin encourages us not to forget what he feels is the most important of all Australian Values, and the fundamental essence of Australia: 'A Fair Go'.


By Parth Nanavati, Sydney, NSW (7 minutes)

A girl comforts her wheelchair-bound boyfriend in a park, when her ex-boyfriend appears and tries to convince her to dump her crippled lover!

Little Brother
By Michael Kam, Singapore (7 minutes)

Two young brothers are home alone one summer afternoon when the elder tries to read a book and the little brother decides to play!


The Judges

Catherine Simpson

Catherine Simpson is a lecturer in the Media Department at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has organized film festivals in Australia and Turkey and writes on the cinema of both countries. Catherine has a first class Honours degree in English from the University of Western Australia, and a TEFL Diploma from Edith Cowan University (Perth). She completed her PhD thesis on contemporary Australian women’s filmmaking at Murdoch University in Perth in 2001. In 2000 she attended IFU’s (International Women's University) postgraduate semester at Hanover & Bremen Universities in Germany. Her current research includes an edited book, Diasporas of Australian Cinema.



My Le Thi    

My Le Thi was born and brought up in Buon Ma Thuot (Village of Father Thuot), Central Highland of South Vietnam. Both her mother who was a maid and the Central Highlanders had a great influence on her about tolerance, compassion, acceptance and appreciation.  In Vietnam from 1975, she worked as a performer in the Central Highlands troupe in South Vietnam.  She came to Australia in 1985 and studied Arts at the Northern Territory University and University of Technology in Sydney.

She has been working on projects with other artists and non artists including the detainees in the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney. Her work concerns about human conditions and in many aspects her work speaks about multiculturalism and against racism and discrimination. Her work has been included in many major exhibitions in Australian, USA and many Asian and European countries.

She practices her art in mixed/multi-media in installation, painting, sculpture, sound, music and video. Apart from practicing art since 1986 she also works as a set designer, a performer, a musician, an art teacher and a curator. Currently she is one of the founders and director of Ian Bowie Association which is to help young people in the performing arts. 


Frances Calvert

Award-winning writer/director/producer Frances Calvert is originally from Sydney, Australia and graduated from Sydney University. Her film-making began in earnest when she teamed up with British producer/director Lindsey Merrison in 1987 in Berlin to make TALKING BROKEN, her first film. The company is now based in Berlin and produces films with an Australian connection for German and English-speaking foreign markets.

A lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies (Film & TV) at Potsdam University, Frances Calvert also teaches students of production at the HFF Film School in Babelsberg. She acts as a mentor to young film-makers and students broaching their first film.

Frances Calvert was Associate Producer on Lindsey Merrison's 35mm feature-length documentary OUR BURMESE DAYS (Die burmesischen Tage) (1995) and the award-winning FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES (2001). Both also ran in Berlin cinemas (Filmbühne am Steinplatz and Klick) before broadcasting on television.

Calvert's second film, CRACKS IN THE MASK (Risse in der Maske) (1997, 35mm) sets out to acquaint the rest of the world with the art of Torres Strait and to examine what museums are really for. The journey to Europe by Ephraim Bani, a knowledgeable Torres Strait Islander, proves to be revelatory for him and for the museum curators he encounters. Ephraim's quest for his past and the film-maker's interrogation of her cultural institutions create an ironic dialogue that goes far beyond mere journalistic reportage.

A co-production between WDR Cologne, SBS Independent Australia and DRS Swiss Television, this documentary was also acquired by broadcasters in Taiwan and Maori TV in New Zealand and was released theatrically at the Filmbühne am Steinplatz in Berlin. The film has travelled to 24 film festivals and special events in museums, universities and schools and has accrued four awards and a great deal of press coverage. The film is distributed by First Run Icarus Film in the USA, EZEF in Germany/Austria/Switzerland and by Ronin Films in Australasia.


Teresa Rizzo

Teresa Rizzo lectures in Screen Studies at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She worked as a television producer for over a decade in the Australian Pay TV industry. Her honours thesis-video /On Becoming /won numerous awards nationally, and internationally. She completed a PhD on Deleuze and feminist film theory at the University of New South Wales in 2004.



Greg Dolgopolov

Dr Greg Dolgopolov is a prominent Australian academic, teacher and researcher.  His primary areas of interest are: video production, short film, mobile phones, documentary, Australian Cinema and screen theory. He describes his work as combining heterogeneous theoretical interrogations with creative media practice.

Greg holds PhD from Murdcoh University and has taught screen studies at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media and cultural studies at Murdoch, Melbourne and Curtin Universities. He currently teaches Film Studies and video production at UNSW School of English, Media and Performing Arts. He has worked as an actor, director and a ‘spin doctor'.


The Winners

The 2007 opening and awards ceremony took place on Saturday October 6th and the trophies went to:

Best Film: "Rob Tim Tom" by Brendon Brown Killen ($1000 prize money donated by Eden Creative)

Most Original Concept: "Anita" by Vikash Nowlakha

The Achievement Award: "How to be Australian... with Vin & Raj" by Manushka Khisty

And the Audience Choice was also awarded to "How to be Australian... with Vin & Raj" by Manushka Khisty

The Night

About 400 people from around Australia attended the festival, which was hosted by actor Ritchie Singer and Dr. Michelle Langford. In addition to our line up of international films the audience was treated to a live performance by "Deleuze and Guittari" a duo consisting of Joe Cummins on trumpet and Sam Pettigrew on Double Bass. A lucky member of the audience also won a bedroom set courtesy of Super Furn which was drawn on the night. View images by clicking a thumbnail below.

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Photos by: Julian Seeto