CinefestOZ acknowledges the Wardandi, Piblemen, and Menang people, the spiritual and cultural custodians of this land on which we live and work. We honour and respect the significant role First Nations people play in our community and in guiding us and allowing our festival to flourish.
A former Variety Australian reporter, Mark Woods was Showtime Australia Head of Acquisitions & Investment where he backed 30+ films including Golden Globe-nominated Rabbit Proof Fence, Cannes-selected Somersault and Japanese Story, Berlin-selected Alexandra’s Project and Walking on Water, Venice-selected The Tracker, Sundance-selected Australian Rules, and box office hit Crackerjack, as well as annually acquiring 100+ completed international films. Woods served as CEO of Screen Ireland, where projects he backed included Cannes Palme d’Or Winner The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Golden Globe nominated Breakfast on Pluto, Oscar-winner Six Shooter, mini-series Showbands, and children’s TV series Foreign Exchange. Woods was also CEO of content attraction agency Ausfilm, when international productions in Australia included The Pacific, Superman Returns and Charlotte’s Web, international production incentives were enhanced and a federal digital incentive introduced. Woods is the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Industry Director, managing film co-financing event 37ºSouth Market and emerging director workshop Accelerator Lab (whose alumni includes the directors of Snowtown, Animal Kingdom, 52 Tuesdays and JoJo Rabbit) as well as serving as Executive Producer of MIFF Premiere Fund, which has backed 85+ projects that have been selected for such A-list festivals as Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlinale, Cannes, Venice and Toronto including Balibo, Bran Nue Dae and Paper Planes.