Behind the Festival

Management Committee

 

Peter Chenoweth

Peter Chenoweth

PRESIDENT

After a career in IT and telecommunications, Peter gained an MBA from Melbourne Business School/New York University, and created his own events management business in Melbourne. Since moving to Noosa he has served on the management committees of Slow Food Noosa, the Noosa Long Weekend, Business Mentoring Noosa, was President of CCIQ Noosa (Chamber of Commerce), and founded NIFF. He is passionate about the capacity of film to touch and change lives, the economic impact of cultural tourism, and the vital importance of collaboration.

 

Holly Pittman

Holly Pittman

CURATOR

Holly joined the NIFF management committee in 2017 as co-curator and this year will lead NIFF's programming team as curator.  Her passion and in depth knowledge of film is evident - as a member of the Noosa Film Society since 2004 and currently President, her past roles involved film research and programming, publicity and marketing. She regularly attends international film festivals, both in Australia and overseas. These include the Sydney Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival and short film festivals such as Tropfest, the Manhattan Shorts and Flickerfest. She is a founding juror for the Heart of Gold International Film Festival, now in its eleventh year.

 

Alison Cooper

Alison Cooper

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

Alison is a marketing communications specialist and social media strategist with an interest in festival-style events and purpose-driven businesses. With experience in corporate and online communications, event marketing and a Bachelor of Public Relations, Alison is excited to be leading the NIFF marketing team and also manages the Festival's social media channels.

 

Louise McNeish

Louise McNeich

TREASURER

Louise is the principal of LMC Accounting and Financial Services, located in the heart of Noosa. The team at LMC provide its clients with a high standard of service that is friendly and professional. Louise is a Registered Tax Agent, Certified Practising Accountant and has a Diploma in Financial Services. Louise has been in public practice for some 14 years and has been the Principal of LMC since 2012.

 

Chris Chenoweth

Chris Chenoweth

SECRETARY

Christine established a successful career in Melbourne with management positions ranging from the hotel industry to the finance sector.  She then established her own property development company in 1994 and was managing director until her move to Noosa in 2010. Christine is excited about the future of film and the intersection between technology and the arts.

 

Teams Members 

 

Sarah Radge

Sarah Radge

DESIGNER

Sarah is an award winning Graphic Designer with a background in web, graphic design and print. Sarah's eye for current and eye-catching artwork saw her win Gold at the prestigious 2015 Southern Cross Packaging Design Awards. With an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design and a background in hospitality and event management, she is passionate about making the Festival memorable for everyone.

 

Tasha Lawson

Tasha Lawton

FILMMAKER LIAISON

Tasha has been involved with the media in some form or another for her entire career. She started out in advertising, moved across into TV and radio and now runs a successful video production and marketing agency. She holds a Diploma in Screen, Film and Media and along the way, has produced, directed, filmed and edited a number of short films, with a feature length documentary currently in production. Tasha's fascinated by real people and real stories and believes that film is one of the best ways to unleash your creative genius. "Cinema is as close to magic as it comes these days".

 

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce Hamilton

OPERATIONS

Bruce boasts more than 45 years’ experience in community theatre in Western Australia and locally and NIFF is fortunate to have Bruce head up its Production team. He has toured as sound designer/operator for several independent theatre productions in Queensland, and as sound recording engineer for a number of locally produced movies.He was involved for several years with the Heart of Gold Film Festival on the selection panel, and as a sponsor. He has also worked as Stage Manager and Production Manager for the Noosa Long Weekend Festival, and as MC and recording engineer for various Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestras and classical music groups.

 

Trent Harvison

Trent Harvison

OPERATIONS

Trent is the director of Starry Nights Outdoor Movies - screening outdoor movies and drive-ins in the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Northern NSW since 2009. With a Masters in Community Development, and having worked in communities and not-for-profits in QLD and NT, Trent is passionate about the role that movies and film play in bringing people together and in celebrating all that is good about Noosa and the Sunshine Coast. Trent is a founding curator of the NIFF.

 

Tania Petsinis

LEGAL

Senior Lawyer, Media Arts Lawyers (Melbourne).