2010 Gallery

Reconciliation is the 2010 theme and we received many great entries from around Australia and the world exploring this topic. We also have a fabulous line up of industry professionals on our judging panel which you can learn more about below. See photos from the opening night here.

The Finalists
Here are the 8 finalist films of the 2010 Harmony Film Festival in no particular order:


Can You Imagine...

Lithgow, Australia
Documentary , Language: English (5 min)

Director: Lithgow High School film students

This documentary is about the stolen generation and the story of a special artwork.


The Authority

Fiction, Language: Spanish, English subtitles (10 min)

Director: Xavi Sala

A Spanish-Moroccan family returning from a vacation is stopped by the police on the highway.

War Paint

Brisbane, Australia

Fiction, Language: English (3'30 min)

Director: Heather Phillips

A woman applies her make up while listening to the radio.

Manos (Hands)


Drama (7'19 min)
Director: Jon Sagala

The last night, everything is said and done. There's no turning back. How could you say goodbye to someone you still love?


Francesca & the Spirit of the Mask

Sydney, Australia
Fiction, Language: English
(9'57 min)

Director: Ehsan Knopf

With the aid of an enchanted mask, troubled 14 year-old Francesca is transported to the home of a mysterious granny who seems at once willing to accept and understand her. But unconditional love this is not and for everything there is a price.

Hiyab (Hijab)

Fiction, Language: Spanish, English subtitles (8 min)

Director: Xavi Sala

Fatima, a new student finds out on her first day that it is against school policy to wear a scarf in the classroom.


Living on the Banks of the Mimosa
Woorabinda, Australia

Documentary, Language: English (9'19 min)

Director: Wadja Wadja High School Year 9 students

A message to the elders.




Animation (10 min)

Director: Moritz Mayerhofer

For many years Urs looked after his aging mother. Now he sets out for a dangerous journey. He carries her up a mountain to find a better place for both of them. But his mother doesn't want to leave her home...


2010 Vox pops

(6 min)

What do people on the street think about reconciliation?


The Judges

Susan Moylan-Coombs

NITV - Head of Commissioning and Strategy & Stakeholder Manager

Susan Moylan-Coombs was born in Darwin, Australia. Her name at birth was Susan Calma and she is a proud Aboriginal woman born of Guringi heritage on her father’s side and Ngangikurrunggurr lineage from her mother.

With an impressive professional career, Ms Moylan-Coombs has extensive experience working within Aboriginal Affairs both with government and non-government organisation.

In 1997, Susan left the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, after 12 years service as a Producer/Director and Series Producer with the Aboriginal Programs Unit, (today known as the Indigenous Programs Unit) travelling the country, meeting and working with diverse groups of Indigenous people and communities as well as producing and directing mainstream programs.

She has worked for a number of years within the NSW State Department of Education & Training, Northern Sydney Institute as the Institute’s Aboriginal Co-Coordinator, creating identified and mainstream courses. Susan was the facilitator for the “Aboriginal Families Workshop for Parents As Teachers” Conference. She has delivered Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Program for the Department of Women & Community Colleges and has regularly spoken to school groups; primary and high schools, community groups, Reconciliation groups, local government councils. Was recently the Project Officer for the Northern Sydney Aboriginal Social Plan and Senior Policy Officer, Aboriginal Policy Unit, Department of Ageing Disability & Home Care.

Her service to the community can be seen through the numerous committees that she has been involved in over the years. Susan was the former Chair, Manly Council’s Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Committee, Creator & current Co-Chair of the Guringai Festival, former Secretary and current member Guringai Local Aboriginal Consultative Group and former member for the Northern Sydney Executive, Aboriginal Child, Youth Family Strategy.

In 2006, she returned to the ABC to again take up the position of Series Producer with Message Stick in the Indigenous Programs Unit. In 2007 Susan was appointed as the first Aboriginal Executive Producer for the IPU.

In August, 2010 Susan joined NITV as the Strategy and Stakeholder Manger and now also taking up the role of Head of Commissioning.


Jackson Pellow

Marketing Executive

Screen Australia

Jackson Pellow is the Marketing Executive at Screen Australia, has developed marketing and release strategies for more than 60 Australian documentaries and factual websites. He was Promotions Manager at Film Australia (now Screen Australia) where he oversaw campaigns for high-profile and award-winning documentaries including Captain Cook – Obsession and Discovery, Mawson – Life and Death in Antarctica, Rare Chicken Rescue, The Prime Minister is Missing, Rogue Nation, Life at 3, Darwin’s Brave New World and Bombora – The Story of Australian Surfing. At Film Australia he launched marketing campaigns for MobiDocs – a series of mobile phone documentaries with Telstra BigPond and the cross-platform social-change initiative Change the World in 5 Minutes with SBS. Prior to this, he worked at the Australian Film Commission launching the Film Festival Profiles resource, and as a journalist and editor at Inside Film magazine.


Deidhre Wauchop

Creative Arts Manager

NSW Department of Education and Training

Deidhre Wauchop is Manager of the Creative Arts Unit of the Curriculum K-12 Directorate of the NSW Department of Education and Training. Her role is to lead and support the development of arts education policy in New South Wales and facilitate initiatives to implement arts curriculum in government schools.

Pioneering the use of film-making as a form in dance education, Deidhre has also recently collaborated with Kaldor Public Art Projects to develop 'MOVE Video art in schools', which provides commissioned video artworks by notable Australian artists to schools for study. This resource has been shared with teachers and students nationally.

Deidhre is formerly a secondary school dance, drama, media and visual arts teacher, lecturer in dance (University of NSW) and author of 'Dancing in Space' 2004 and 'Dancing in Time' 2009. She has also worked in professional theatre as an administrator, set and costume designer, and choreographer.

Teresa Rizzo



Teresa Rizzo is researcher and lecturer in screen studies. She was awarded a PhD at the University of New South Wales in 2005. She is currently completing her book Deleuze and Film: A Feminist Introduction, due for publication in 2012 by Continuum Publishing London. She has published in the areas of film and television in international refereed journals. For over a decade Teresa worked as a television producer in the Australian pay TV industry and maintains a research interest in new forms of television. She also lectured at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School for five years.


Paul Brennan


Paul Brennan has worked in marketing and publicity in Australian media for many years. His areas of work include PR and film distribution, promotions and advertising, media and communication.

With studies in teaching, film production and advertising and a focus in marketing and promotion, Paul has strong expertise in entertainment resource strategies and project management.

He is also a regular weekly guest on ABC 2BL East Coast Radio 702 each Thursday night.  With the host (Jon Casimir, Angela Catterns & Rod Quinn) they discuss and review many new release films and the state of the industry. As the ABC Summer schedule goes nationwide this programme will be heard on 57 stations across the country.


The Night

The 2010 opening and awards ceremony hosted by Anja Nicke was held on Saturday December 18th at the Fig Tree Theatre. This historic theatre was the first home of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and where the old Tote Theatre Company began. The audience was treated to a live performance by "Ine Unuka" from "Mana". View images by clicking a thumbnail below.

Photo Gallery


Photos by: Steve Martin