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We had an expert jury from the disability and film community, watch all the films made in 2023 and deliberate on the winners for our first ever Golden Bus Awards. Our jury consisted of Sasha Close, Robbie Miles, Jessica Giacco, Nathan Borg, Elliot Clifford, Courtney Gibson-Chan and Anthony Keirnan. Get to know our jury and a bit about their experience in inclusive filmmaking.

SASHA CLOSE 

Sasha has worked extensively in the Australian cinema and screen industry, starting in distribution before moving into exhibition, programming, and festivals. A highly regarded screen industry executive and leader in the independent screen and film sector, Sasha sat on the Board of the Independent Cinemas Association (2016-19) and was a member of Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Taskforce (2017-19). In 2016, Sasha was the recipient of the Natalie Miller Fellowship recognising female leadership in the screen industry. Sasha was most recently Head of Programming for the Brisbane International Film Festival and Gold Coast Film Festival.

ROBBIE MILES 

An experienced producer and development executive. Robbie spent several years working in Los Angeles and New York as a Development Executive for Full Clip Productions on projects such as Deadline Gallipoli and Danger Close, as well as producing branded content for Bonds, Coca-Cola and Australian fashion label Kahlo. After several years as Subject Leader for Producing & Production at AFTRS, Robbie is now Head of Industry & Alumni Engagement, consulting with companies, guilds and agencies to support the future of screen & audio storytelling in Australia.

JESSICA GIACCO 

Jessica’s two decades of screen industry experience in film producing, television production and festival management has led to her current role at Screen Producers Australia as the Industry Programs Manager. This includes program curation for SCREEN FOREVER and the innovation forum GENR8, as well as spearheading the pitch to streamers initiative Pitch On Demand and the ever popular Ones To Watch producer mentorship program. Alongside these programs, Jessica is also working to build future initiatives and opportunities within SPA both domestically and globally.

NATHAN BORG 

Nathan Borg (He/Him) is a Deaf, Queer actor and advocate within the Australian film, tv and theatre industry. He is recognised for his current roles in “Neighbours” and “BONDS” and has gained visibility for his advocacy accessibility work on ABC, Channel 7 and 10, including the ListenABLE Podcast. Whilst he is a proud Deaf actor, he is fluent in English and Auslan, also a cochlear implant user. 

ELLIOT CLIFFORD

Elliot Clifford is the Founder and Co-Producer of EMERGE, a panel and networking night for emerging filmmakers based in Sydney. The recurring event is designed to bring together people from various creative and institutional silos across the greater Sydney region and offer opportunities to learn from panellists and network with one another. Elliot has worked in the Australian film and television industry for 10 years, at companies including ITV, Aquarius Films, Endemol Shine Australia and Screentime. As Director and Producer, his own work has screened at Flickerfest, Gold Coast Film Festival, St Kilda Festival.   

COURTNEY GIBSON

Courtney is the Managing Director of C-Type. With a background in screen content development, production, financing and commissioning, Courtney has served as CEO of Screen NSW, Screen QLD and the South Australian Film Corp, as well as Programming Production Executive at the Nine Network, Director of Programmes at Endemol, Executive Head of Content Creation at ABC TV, Head of Arts, Entertainment and Comedy at ABC TV and Commissioning Editor of Documentaries at SBS. 

ANTHONY KIERANN 

Anthony is an Ambassador and Jury member for SF3 Smartphone Film Festival, a past jury member for AACTA and Gold Coast Short Film categories. Anthony is on the Board of Directors for The Alliance Franchise French Film Festival and Screen Advisor for Wild Earth Oceania Film Festival. Anthony was the GM of Film Festivals, Australian Cinema and Programs at Event Cinemas, winning an International award.  He worked with Australia’s largest Film Festivals, Sydney, Adelaide, Queer Screen and Japanese.  Anthony created successful programs,  In the House, Niche505, Outta The Box, Hollywood Classics, JFF Fringe and The Artists Room series with Phillip Noyce and Gillian Armstrong. He recently produced, ACA In Conversation series with Hugh Jackman, David Collins and David Wenham, ACA Graduate Theatre Company and ACA Wheelhouse.

Anthony, a long-term advocate for Bus Stop Films was instrumental in the development and creation of the Accessible Acting Program and bringing showcases out of the classroom and into cinema to inspire students’ works.