Fashion and film are powerful forms of artistic expression. Just as fashion defines an era, it also inspires the look and feel of a film.

Six original films were woven into the six shows of FASHFEST 2016, each created by an emerging local filmmaker. Each film pushed boundaries with style, creativity, technology and expertise. They encouraged guests to see the capital in a new light and covered a diverse range of genres, including sci-fi, thriller and fantasy.

The films of FASHFEST were produced under the guidance of By George Studios, and with the support of the ACT Screen Industry Association and CIT Student Association.



Robb Shaw-Velzen – Creative Director

Robb Shaw-Velzen ACS, a multi-award-winning cinematographer, has travelled the globe shooting for ‘Survivor’, HBO’s ‘The Pacific’ and ‘Good Morning Britain’. He has been Director of Photography on many short films and two feature films, ‘Blue World Order’ and ‘Locks of Love: Capital L’. Robb has won 14 Australian Cinematographers Society Awards, including a coveted Golden Tripod.

Georgina Jenkins – Creative Producer

Georgina Jenkins is a writer and producer of award-winning short films, including ‘Past Imperfect’, and the documentary ‘In the Cannes’ broadcast on ABC TV. Georgina has a low-budget feature and television drama series in development. Georgina founded Canberra production house By George Studios with Robb Shaw-Velzen ACS in 1996.

Elise Dare – Associate Producer of Film

Elise Dare is in her final year at the University of Canberra studying a double degree of Media Production and Communications in Public Relations. She has managed and produced multiple short films and is currently the President of the University of Canberra Media Society.

Ellen Britton – Associate Producer of Film

Ellen Britton has worked on many short films, including ‘The Elevator’ which was a top 20 finalist in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts qualifying film festival ‘Aesthetica’ in 2015. She is completing a Bachelor of Media Arts and Production at the University of Canberra.

Damien Maher – Director

Head of video production and live streaming company Newcast, Damien has worked in the broadcast industry for over 25 years.  He has directed music videos, TV commercials, live concerts and most recently TEDxCanberra.

Rohan Dadswell – Director/Cinematographer

Head of Rotating Head Productions, Rohan has 20 years’ experience in all aspects of television and drama production.  He is an award-winning cinematographer and member of the Australian Cinematographers Society.

John Kovacs – Cinematographer

Head of Candlelight Pictures, John Kovacs is an award-winning film and video professional with 18 years experience as a cameraman, editor, director and producer of films, documentaries, corporates, commercials and news.

Martin Helmreich – Cinematographer

Martin has 18 years experience as a cinematographer and editor.  He began his career at the ABC, then worked as an independent freelancer and now runs Production Haus based in Canberra.

Mark Funda – Cinematographer

Mark has extensive experience in TV Outside Broadcasts for the ABC, Fox Sports, Channel Seven and Network Ten, as well as TV Drama and Entertainment shows such as Blue Heelers, Thank God You’re Here and Rove Live.

Chris Hurley – Editor

An aspiring producer and editor, Chris is studying Screen & Media at CIT. He has also been interning with ScreenACT and is a camera operator at the Echo Sports Network.

Richard Nicholas – Editor

New to the filmmaking world, having only recently discovered his passion for creativity and storytelling, Richard is studying his Diploma of Screen & Media at CIT.

Anna Lee – Editor

Anna specialises in videography and editing as a media production artist for Grasshopper Media.  She incorporates her visual arts background to create visually entrancing works.

Ashlee Robertson – Editor

Aspiring writer/director, Ashlee was a featured artist at Raw Canberra.  She recently won Best Script at the CIT On Screen Awards, and her short films and music videos have been showcased at Canberra Shorts.

Shane Grieves – Editor

Shane has a Diploma in Screen & Media, a Certificate IV in Interactive Digital Media and is currently studying his Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media. He won Best Editor at the CIT On Screen Awards 2016.

Prazdnik Awasthi – Editor

Prazdnik specialises in editing, motion graphics and 2D animation. He has a Bachelor Degree in Multimedia and is now studying his masters in Digital Arts.  His first-year project was selected for the Canberra Short Film Festival.



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