2012 Gallery


2012 Finalists films and Jury line up!

We are pleased to announce our finalist films and jury panel for the 2012 edition of HIFF. Check below to learn more about the top 8 films in the competition and the judges.

The Finalists
The finalist films of the 2012 Harmony Film Festival in no particular order are:


Fade to White 

Experimental, Language: English (5 min)

Director: Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore

Fade to White is a short clip that highlights the issue of skin-bleaching amongst women from Indian, African and Asian backgrounds. Imagery in the media portraying farer as more beautiful has caused non-Caucasian women to feel less equal and less beautiful. This has led to the phenomenon of skin-bleaching.


The Level Crossing Keeper

Animation (10 min)

Director: Hugo Frassetto


An old lady is guarding a railway junction at an abandoned road. Her only companion is a cow and a violin. Until one day she decides to stop the trains…

Love Child


Fiction, Language: Swedish with English subtitles (7 min)

Director: Daniel Wirtberg

A young child enjoys the life of being the only child until one day her parents find a new love...

Hidden Thoughts


Drama, Language: Turkish with English subtitles (10 min)
Director: Mustafa Boga

A man suffering from mental illness faces discrimination and inequality.


Just Like the Others

UK/New Zealand
Fiction, Language: English
(10 min)

Director: Jackie Van Beek

Calvin lives in a council flat with his Mum, Grandma and two little brothers. He wants to fit in with the other kids on the estate but he can't afford an iPod.


Fiction, Language: Arabic with English subtitles (10 min)

Director: Elite Zexer

Tasnim, a strong and opinionated 10-year-old, lives with her mother and siblings in a neglected Bedouin village. For the first time in her life she confronts the conservative norms of the family tribe and learns that she is no longer daddy's little girl.


The Ball of Wool

Fiction, Language: French with English subtitles (10 min)

Director: Kadija Leclere

Aya, an 8-year-old girl, attends school in Casablanca, sponsored by a European NGO. One day, her teacher offers to do some knitting. Aya wants to send a small gift, a message of life to her European sponsor. She decides to send knitting, but her mother doesn't have the money for wool and needles.


The Little Team


Documentary, Language: Spanish with English subtitles (10 min)

Director: Roger Gomez & Dani Resines

Fourteen little kids go over an unsolved football mystery, and they end up teaching an unexpected life lesson to grown-ups.



The Judges

Gregory Read



Gregory Read is an Australian film director, editor, producer and writer, who served an apprenticeship for his production career in the world of advertising. Gregory established Paper Bark Films Pty Ltd in 1990 and produced and directed Television Commercials, Music Videos and Corporate Films under this banner.


In 1992 Gregory directed and co-produced, with Film Australia, the documentary ‘Photographers of Australia – Dupain, Seivers, He then independently through Paper Bark Films produced and directed the documentaries ‘Tides of Passage’. ABC (94) and ‘Spirits of the Carnival ‘Channel 10 (96) during this period he co-produced and 1st assistant directed independent feature films. For an extended list go to: www.imdb.com/name/nm0713828/

In 2006, Gregory wrote and directed the North England set, Weinstein/Lionsgate feature film ‘Like Minds’ (AKA 'Murderous Intent' USA) starring Toni Collette and Eddie Redmayne (My week with Marilyn, Les Misérables) and wrote, directed and produced the Discovery/ABC documentary 'Rocket Compulsion' (2011) and produced the multi award winning, Fred Schepisi directed feature film 'The Eye of the Storm'.  



Sanaz Fotouhi


Dr. Sanaz Fotouhi is one of the co-directors of the Persian International Film Festival in Australia. She holds a PhD in English literature from UNSW, and her focus of research is on post-revolutionary diasporic Iranian literature in English.  She also holds a BA and MPhil from the University of Hong Kong.  Sanaz has great interest in cinema, especially in Iranian and Afghan cinema.  Currently she is one of the guest editors of a special issue of Literature and Aesthetics on New Wave Iranian Cinema due to come out in mid-2013.



Nick Tate

Actor/Voiceover Talent

Nick Tate has worked as an actor for over 40 years in the international film, television and theatre scenes. With major roles in 13 feature films and over 260 hours of prime time television, some of his film credits include, “A Cry in the Dark”, “The Devil’s Playground” for which he won an AFI award directed by Fred Schepisi, “Cry Freedom” directed by Richard Attenborough, “Hook” directed by Steven Spielberg.

He has also featured in many TV favourites including “X Files”, “Star Trek DS9”, “Dr. Quinn ”, “Murder She Wrote” the 2005 runaway success “Lost” and most recently "East of everything" on ABC TV. Nick also has a major career in Movie Trailer voice/overs & TV Promos providing the voice for “Jurassic Park”, “Lost World”, “Independence Day”, “Apollo 13”, “James Bond 007”.

Nick Tate returned to the musical stage in 2006, where he played the leading role of Captain E.J. Smith in the Australian premiere of the musical Titanic. He has directed for television and is currently writing projects for the big screen with his actor son Tom. Their latest film "A knight lost" has been receiving a lot of kudos from around the short film circuit. His latest films are "The Killer Elite" with Jason Statham, Clive One and Robert De Nero  and "Qian Xuesen", the man who made the Atomic bomb for China.

His recent theatre performance was in David Williamson's play "When Dad Married Fury" at the Ensemble Theatre" in LA.

You can visit Nick's website at www.nicktate.com


James Evans


James Evans is an actor, director, dramaturg and arts educator. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and has a degree in theatre and linguistics from the University of WA.

James is currently Associate Artist at Bell Shakespeare and artistic manager of The Players, Bell Shakespeare’s full-time touring ensemble. He sits on the company’s general audition panel and is the director of Bell’s new Professional Actor Training program as well as a visiting teacher in the full-time Acting courses at NIDA and the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, Brisbane. In September he presented a talk, Dreaming, Power, Shame: Shakespeare on the Margins of Australian Society, at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s international conference in London.

As an actor, James’s theatre credits include Paul for Company B Belvoir, Private Lives for the Queensland Theatre Company, Romeo and Juliet for Bell Shakespeare, Homebody/Kabul for B Sharp and The Wind in the Willows for ASC in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. His film and television credits include Underbelly III: The Golden Mile, Me and My Monsters, The Man Who Sued GodYoung Lions and East West 101. James has provided voices for numerous films including The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Mao’s Last DancerDaybreakers, Death Defying ActsUnfinished SkyAccidents Happen and Baz Luhrmann’s  Australia.



Amin Palangi


Amin Palangi is a film director, writer and producer. His filmmaking credits include several award winning documentaries and features shot in Australia, Afghanistan and Iran, including segments for 7:30 Report for ABC and SBS tele-movie, Saved, and his latest feature film Seeing the Elephant.

Amin works as the Screen Culture Producer at Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), where he supports and operates in CCD practices, screen programs and activities within diverse communities. He is also a Post-Production Lecturer at JMC Academy, where aside from teaching editing softwares such as Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer, he mentors emerging filmmakers and storytellers.

Amin has been on numerous judging panels of film festivals, and was invited to present at Vivid Creative Sydney and forums on Iranian Cinema at Sydney Film Festival. In 2012 he founded and is the co-director the first Persian International Film Festival in Australia.