cause film festival team

  Festival Director: Suki Foster    Bio:  Suki is our new Festival Director who joined us in early 2017 to take over the reins from Yolandi. Suki previously volunteered for Cause Film Festival as copywriter and photographer and is now bringing her project management, website building, user experience design and entrepreneurial skills to Cause. Give the woman a clipboard and call her Monica! She is also a professional portrait and headshot photographer and although she is most comfortable behind the lens, she has recently been in front of the camera interviewing our top ten finalists. A Darlo Drama student, she's recently tried out her acting in front of poor unsuspecting audiences.   Cause:  Animal welfare, spinal cord injury research, mental health awareness   Didn't need to know:  Reggae lover. Dances a lot. Very Fussy Eater.

Festival Director: Suki Foster

Bio: Suki is our new Festival Director who joined us in early 2017 to take over the reins from Yolandi. Suki previously volunteered for Cause Film Festival as copywriter and photographer and is now bringing her project management, website building, user experience design and entrepreneurial skills to Cause. Give the woman a clipboard and call her Monica! She is also a professional portrait and headshot photographer and although she is most comfortable behind the lens, she has recently been in front of the camera interviewing our top ten finalists. A Darlo Drama student, she's recently tried out her acting in front of poor unsuspecting audiences.

Cause: Animal welfare, spinal cord injury research, mental health awareness

Didn't need to know: Reggae lover. Dances a lot. Very Fussy Eater.

  Digital Director - Damian Nixey    Bio:  Damian is our Digital guru who is also an Actor and a Film Addict. Forget IMDB, this guy is "Information Movies Damian's Brain". Damian has supported the making of several movies including "The Babadook”, he has acted in Communicado’s "The Steven Shuttleworth Story”, "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys", "Young Hercules", numerous other small budget films and has produced “Other World” among many others that we don't have room to list.   Cause:  Alzheimers awareness   Didn't need to know:  Likes coffee. Lots.  

Digital Director - Damian Nixey

Bio: Damian is our Digital guru who is also an Actor and a Film Addict. Forget IMDB, this guy is "Information Movies Damian's Brain". Damian has supported the making of several movies including "The Babadook”, he has acted in Communicado’s "The Steven Shuttleworth Story”, "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys", "Young Hercules", numerous other small budget films and has produced “Other World” among many others that we don't have room to list.

Cause: Alzheimers awareness

Didn't need to know: Likes coffee. Lots.
 

  Awards Night Coordinator - Matthew Vella    Bio:  Matt is a young energetic go getter who says he "strives for the best in everything he does".  He has been involved with Cause Film Festival since day 1 and seen it grow and develop into what it is today. He believes it opens eyes and hearts through film. Matt is currently working with Yolandi on her Miss Multiverse reality TV series as well as many other initiatives.   Cause:  Breast cancer awareness, Multiple Sclerosis Australia   Didn't need to know:   Solo car pool karaoke master

Awards Night Coordinator - Matthew Vella

Bio: Matt is a young energetic go getter who says he "strives for the best in everything he does".  He has been involved with Cause Film Festival since day 1 and seen it grow and develop into what it is today. He believes it opens eyes and hearts through film. Matt is currently working with Yolandi on her Miss Multiverse reality TV series as well as many other initiatives.

Cause: Breast cancer awareness, Multiple Sclerosis Australia

Didn't need to know:  Solo car pool karaoke master

  Assistant to Festival Director: Cherie Stevenson    Bio:  Working from Ohope Beach, New Zealand, Cherie is a Digital Marketer and Virtual Assistant. Working with Suki on the Festival since Sept 2017 on a list a mile long. Getting it done is her motto. Working through her business Stellar Creative she works on a diverse range of businesses using her vast expertise. When not working she's all in at the local Playcentre with her nearly 3 year old daughter.   Cause:  Mental Health, Kids Can   Didn't need to know:  Espresso martini lover, novice kite runner    

Assistant to Festival Director: Cherie Stevenson

Bio: Working from Ohope Beach, New Zealand, Cherie is a Digital Marketer and Virtual Assistant. Working with Suki on the Festival since Sept 2017 on a list a mile long. Getting it done is her motto. Working through her business Stellar Creative she works on a diverse range of businesses using her vast expertise. When not working she's all in at the local Playcentre with her nearly 3 year old daughter.

Cause: Mental Health, Kids Can

Didn't need to know: Espresso martini lover, novice kite runner   

  Founder and Patron: Yolandi Franken    Bio:  Yolandi founded Cause Film Festival in 2014 because she wanted to help as many charities as possible. It combined her love of film and vast experience as film producer, actor and philanthropist. A previously nominated candidate for Australian of the The Year, former Mrs World Australia and Miss Multiverse title holder, Yolandi is the epitome of the "over-achiever". She has produced way too many films to list and has recently taken on the big task of producing and hosting a TV series, so she decided to hand over the reins of Cause Film Festival so she can focus on continuing to spread her awesomeness around the world.   Cause:  Ovarian cancer awareness (and many others)   Didn't need to know:  Insanely funny sense of humour  

Founder and Patron: Yolandi Franken

Bio: Yolandi founded Cause Film Festival in 2014 because she wanted to help as many charities as possible. It combined her love of film and vast experience as film producer, actor and philanthropist. A previously nominated candidate for Australian of the The Year, former Mrs World Australia and Miss Multiverse title holder, Yolandi is the epitome of the "over-achiever". She has produced way too many films to list and has recently taken on the big task of producing and hosting a TV series, so she decided to hand over the reins of Cause Film Festival so she can focus on continuing to spread her awesomeness around the world.

Cause: Ovarian cancer awareness (and many others)

Didn't need to know: Insanely funny sense of humour
 

  Charity & Community Liaison - Stefan Whitecunas    Bio:  Stefan is a passionate advocate for social and community issues with extensive experience working in the not for profit sector. He joined the team in 2016 after meeting Yolandi at an event and falling head over heels with Cause Film Festival's mission. It perfectly combines his professional experience and passion for film making and videography. Stefan is a talented editor, aspiring film maker, travel junky and drone addict who flaunts crazy aerial and travel videos on Instagram.   Cause:  Mental health awareness, disability, homelessness, Indigenous Australia   Didn't need to know:  Stefan has been a cast member on a reality TV show driving Tuk Tuks across Asia.

Charity & Community Liaison - Stefan Whitecunas

Bio: Stefan is a passionate advocate for social and community issues with extensive experience working in the not for profit sector. He joined the team in 2016 after meeting Yolandi at an event and falling head over heels with Cause Film Festival's mission. It perfectly combines his professional experience and passion for film making and videography. Stefan is a talented editor, aspiring film maker, travel junky and drone addict who flaunts crazy aerial and travel videos on Instagram.

Cause: Mental health awareness, disability, homelessness, Indigenous Australia

Didn't need to know: Stefan has been a cast member on a reality TV show driving Tuk Tuks across Asia.

  Cinematographer - Jack Kelly    Bio:  Jack is an actor/cinematographer who has been working both sides of the camera professionally since 2010 but recently he has been more in front of the camera. His cinematography work includes web series, music videos, short films and award winning features. Jack's acting life has seen him go from extra work in the early days to more recently appearing as an actor on "Deadly Women", ABC's "Rake" and as “Dolly Dunn” in the Seven miniseries "Blue Murder: Killer Cop". Jack is a great all-rounder, happily working either side of the camera and on some films both sides, such as the feature "Other World" where Jack is not only DOP, but also Commander Jake O’Rourke.   Cause:  CareFlight   Didn't need to know:   He has been known to go exploring Minecraft worlds with his son. Love Sci-Fi. Walked the streets of Paris with his wife in a spring shower.

Cinematographer - Jack Kelly

Bio: Jack is an actor/cinematographer who has been working both sides of the camera professionally since 2010 but recently he has been more in front of the camera. His cinematography work includes web series, music videos, short films and award winning features. Jack's acting life has seen him go from extra work in the early days to more recently appearing as an actor on "Deadly Women", ABC's "Rake" and as “Dolly Dunn” in the Seven miniseries "Blue Murder: Killer Cop". Jack is a great all-rounder, happily working either side of the camera and on some films both sides, such as the feature "Other World" where Jack is not only DOP, but also Commander Jake O’Rourke.

Cause: CareFlight

Didn't need to know:  He has been known to go exploring Minecraft worlds with his son. Love Sci-Fi. Walked the streets of Paris with his wife in a spring shower.

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