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.
Melissa has worked in the Australian screen industry for over 25 years and has developed and produced scripted TV comedy, drama and feature films. Recent credits include the IGGY&ACE comedy series for SBS Digital Originals, the documentary series LAURA’S CHOICE for ABC TV and the AACTA Award winning comedy/ drama series UPRIGHT for Lingo Pictures, Foxtel and Sky UK starring Tim Minchin. Melissa produced the feature film I MET A GIRL in collaboration with Monsoon Pictures which stars Brenton Thwaites and Lily Sullivan. In 2016 Melissa produced the international award-winning feature film HOUNDS OF LOVE by writer/director Ben Young (Venice Film Festival).