TEAM

Yogi Devgan - Founder

Yogi Devgan is a multiple award-winning indie film writer/director/producer. He is currently working on a show called “Our Time” on channel 44. Yogi is passionate about equality and cultural diversity in the film industry, and started the festival in 2022. 

Stuart Baulk - Web & Digital Media

Stuart is a lecturer in digital media at UniSA Online and runs his own business, Sleeping Bear. Specialising in web and e-learning design, Stuart has developed online courses and web presence for a wide variety of industries. 

Justin Radus - Camera Crew

Connor Patterson - Camera Crew

Connor has worked on corporate videos, community television (Channel 44) and several short films from Swinburne University, UniSA & independents. He is committed to creating stories for and about the LGBTQ+ community and his primary interest is in breaking or challenging the status quo for gender, sexuality and heteronormative storylines. Connor’s aesthetic style is about injecting heart into each project and taking the audience on an emotional & relatable journey.

Antonia Kloss - Sponsorship and Events

Antonia is a solicitor at Douglas Hoskins Legal who practises Family Law and Wills and Estates. Antonia has a long association with the arts, having completed an Arts Degree at Flinders University, including Screen Studies, and having worked in commercial art galleries in Adelaide and the UK.

Cat Papadopoulos - Events and Sponsorship

Cat is an experienced Medical Secretary at Adelaide Spine & Brain, working with Dr Selby whose specialty is assisting patients with scoliosis of the spine. She is also the founder of Outstyled, an event management and outdoor space enhancement business.

Neelu Sharma - Communications

Neelu teaches Journalism at the University of South Australia and has also been a lecturer in multimedia in the UK. She has a broadcast background working as a producer, presenter and journalist in radio and TV in the UK. Currently she course coordinates Production for News and Social Media and the first year core course Ideas, Innovation and Communication in UniSA Creative.  Working as a producer and editor she has produced the Talking Papers videos for UniSA https://www.unisa.edu.au/research/talking-papers/ and currently produces Research Corner for UniSA Creative. She has also been a judge for the South Australian Media awards for the past ten years. Neelu works with the Salvation Army working with the homeless in Adelaide and is beginning work with the Refugee Association of South Australia.

Jay Chavan - Graphic Design

Jay is a creative individual who appreciates learning about many customs, pop culture, video games, technology, motorcycles, and muscle cars. He is organised, disciplined and enthusiastic, and has an eye for detail and a talent for problem solving.

With experience in UI/UX design and app development, Jay is always learning and evolving in terms of design and visualisation. Having completed his diploma and bachelor’s degrees in design in India, Jay moved to Australia to study for a Masters degree at UniSA.
Bringing his interests in minimalistic and digital art, logo design and Japanese culture, Jay works creatively across both web and online learning projects, as well as being involved in the Port Adelaide Diversity and Inclusion Film Festival.

OUR WONDERFUL INTERNSHIP / PLACEMENT STUDENTS

Liliana Carletti - UniSA

Liliana Carletti is an emerging creative, business owner and theatre performer. She is currently in her final year studying a Bachelor of Creative Industries at University of South Australia, majoring in Digital Media and Communications.

Liliana is the founder of Lily Rose Media – freelance media services in Adelaide, specialising in portrait & product photography, videography, graphic design, and social media management. Through this venture as a part-time business owner, she has worked with a variety of clients and industries, including local theatre companies, small businesses, non-for-profit education organisations, and individuals.

For Liliana, being involved in the PADI Film Festival is her ideal industry opportunity, combining both her love for acting and digital design. As no stranger to the stage, she has worked with a number of local theatre companies and directors, such as G&S Society of South Australia, Northern Light Theatre Company and Adelaide Youth Theatre. Audiences last saw her as Eponine in Les Miserables (NLTC 2022) and Little Red Ridinghood in Into The Woods (G&S 2022).

Liliana is excited to bring her enthusiasm and love for the Arts to the PADIFF team, meet other passionate creatives and expand her portfolio.

Erin Moran - Flinders Uni

Erin Moran is about to enter her final year of a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen) degree and is an aspiring editor and screenwriter based in Adelaide, South Australia.

She has had a wide range of experience both behind and in front of the camera; in front of the camera, Erin has acted in web series Warpath Chronicle shot across South Australia by NewBlood Studios, and Closer Production’s The Hunting. Working on these projects and experiencing directors such as Ana Kokkinos firsthand developed Erin’s interest in directing.

Behind the camera, Erin has directed a music video for local band Vann Rango, supported by the Mercury CX, and over the course of her degree she has had the opportunity to write, direct, produce and edit various projects. Her studies have a broad focus of all facets of video production, with Erin gaining skills in short form narrative and documentary filmmaking, client video production, and working with 16mm film.

For the future, Erin hopes to develop her portfolio of projects and see what the future holds.

Maya Smale - UniSA

Maya Smale is a student at the University of South Australia, studying a Bachelor of Communications and Media with a sub-major in Marketing. Maya is eager to gain hands-on experience in a range of industries, but with a keen interest in cultural diversity and inclusion, she is especially excited about utilising her media and marketing skills to support the PADI Film Festival and its mission to showcase unique and diverse perspectives in the film industry.

SELECTION PANEL

Jason Ken

Jason Ken is a Director, digital media teacher and video content creator. He has directed TV shows for Channel 44 such as Our Time and the SA Sport Show.

Sam Matthews

Sam Matthews is a film director with an extensive background in post-production. Her breakthrough webseries profiling gender diverse Australian artists – ‘Unboxed’ – launched on ABC in 2018. The series was screened at festivals worldwide and won numerous awards including Best Documentary or Educational Seriesat the International Academy of Web Television Awards in Los Angeles.

Adam Gerard

Adam is a disabled artist who turned to filmmaking and writing to treat his CPTSD and to aid in recovery from a broken back and 16 month Rehabilitation.

In 2018 Adam established Cabana Productions – the 2020 and 2021 Onkaparinga ON Business Award winners for Professional Services. In 2022 Adam was voted one of InDaily’s 40 Under 40.

Susannah Emery

Susie (Susannah) is a Game & Narrative Designer and Lecturer at UniSA holding a PhD from Curtin University. Susie’s research interests explore the use of games and digital media for learning and to promote social change. She has worked as a game and narrative designer on several award-winning and nominated games across PC, console and mobile. Susie is committed to promoting diversity in the games industry and as an International Women in Games Ambassador she helps encourage women and non-binary folks to explore careers in game development.

SPONSORS

Hayley Staltari - HARRIS Real Estate

Hayley Staltari is an award-winning local Real Estate agent and was passionate about the PADI Film Festival as soon as she heard about it – she is also a founder of the annual ‘Crucial Women in Construction’ event – a successful network that both recognises and supports businesswomen across the building and construction industries, she is also a proud local sponsor of Rowing SA at West Lakes Shore.

Malcolm Harslett - STAR Theatres

Malcolm has spent 50 years in the entertainment industry from live theatre to television (‘Here’s Humphrey’ between 1972-2002). Currently Malcolm is the co-host of “Our Time” a national television interview programme aimed at Baby Boomers and retirees now in its 3rd year on the community network.