THE CHAUVEL COMMITTEE
The Chauvel Award Committee features six of Australia’s most respected film industry members.
Jan Chapman, producer of the AFI Best Film winner, Lantana and Academy Award® winner The Piano, and 2002 Chauvel Award recipient, Melanie Coombs, producer of the Academy Award® winner Harvie Krumpet and film industry veteran, actor and producer Alan Finney, Australian film critic and TV personality David Stratton, major festival sponsor Screen Queensland’s CEO, Tracey Vieira and Professor Emeritus Bruce Molloy are the esteemed 2017 Chauvel Committee members.
JAN CHAPMAN AO
Jan Chapman has produced some of Australia’s most critically successful and popular films – including Palme d’Or nominated Bright Star, AFI Best Film winner, Lantana and Academy Award® winner The Piano.
Jan has supported and nurtured the careers of some of its most talented filmmakers and was the executive producer on Somersault, Suburban Mayhem, Griff the Invisible and The Babadook. Her films have won many awards including co-recipient of the Palme d’Or at Cannes (The Piano, 1993), three Academy Awards® (The Piano, 1994), Camera d’Or at Cannes (Love Serenade, 1996), over 38 Australian Film Institute Awards, and have had numerous screenings and honours across the globe at the world’s top film festivals including Venice, Toronto, Berlin and Cannes.
In 2004, Jan was honoured for her outstanding contribution to the Australian film industry as the recipient of the Order of Australia.
Melanie Coombs has produced award winning shorts, animation, documentaries and features since 1999 under her Melodrama Pictures banner. Harvie Krumpet won 2003 Academy Award ® for Best Short Animation. Mary and Max, opened 2009 Sundance, won Grand Cristal at Annecy and the Asia Pacific Screen Award APSA Best Animated Film 2009 and released worldwide. Melanie was awarded Screen Producers Association of Australia SPAA Feature Film Producer of 2009 Award.
In 2011 Melanie created Optimism with award-winning creative producers Mish Armstrong (Movie Mischief) and Alicia Brown (Honeymooner) who also champion talent, push boundaries and enjoy the process: Optimism is developing and financing a broad range of feature film and TV projects in both Australia and the UK.
ALAN FINNEY OAM
Alan Finney has an extensive background in film production and distribution, first becoming involved in the industry in the early 1960s.
In 1971, he joined Roadshow Film Distributors and brought the movie Stork to Roadshow’s attention. This acquisition led to the formation of Hexagon Productions, the first ongoing joint venture between production and distribution entities in contemporary Australian history producing such movies as Alvin Purple, Alvin Rides Again, Petersen, End Play and Eliza Fraser. During his time with Roadshow Film Distributors, Finney supervised the release of many Australian titles including Mad Max, Breaker Morant, My First Wife, Proof, Romper Stomper, The Piano, Bad Boy Bubby, Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Dead Heart and The Castle.
Alan joined Buena Vista International (now Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) in 1998 as Vice President and Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. Since then he has overseen the theatrical releases of The Sixth Sense, Pirates of the Caribbean, Chicago, Whalerider, Mallboy, The Man Who Sued God to name just a few and most recently, the record breaking Finding Nemo from Pixar Studios and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. He left the Disney Company in April, 2010. Finney has also served on the board of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and as Chair of the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia and was previously on the board of AFI.
In 2002, Alan was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Australian film. In November 2010, Alan received the Screen Producers’ Association of Australia’s Maura Fay Award for Services to the Industry.
PROFESSOR EMERITUS BRUCE MOLLOY
Professor Emeritus Bruce Molloy joined Bond University Film & Television in 1994 after a distinguished career at QUT. Past president of ACANZ, former board member of BIFF, PFTC and Barron Entertainment, he was awarded the Figuera da Foz festival medal in 1998 and the Kinetone Award at BIFF in 2005.
David Stratton was from 1966 to 1983 Director of the Sydney Film Festival, during which time he fought the censorship imposed on festivals and was instrumental in bringing in the R18+ classification. For many years he was a contributing critic for the international film industry newspaper Variety and currently writes film criticism for The Australian and for his presentations on At The Movies on ABC.
He is a recipient of the Raymond Longford Award, of the Centenary Medal and is was named Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.
He has served on the International Critics Jury in Cannes and on the Competition Jury in Venice.
He has authored three books and is currently lecturing in Film History as part of the Continuing Education Program at the University of Sydney.
Tracey Vieira was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Screen Queensland in February 2014, the highlight to date of a stellar career promoting the Australian screen industry in Queensland and the United States.
Tracey graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Education majoring in Film and Media in 1993. She initially worked in events management, including several roles in the Queensland Events Corporation, before securing a position with the Brisbane-based Pacific Film and Television Commission as Executive Manager – Locations and International Production.
Tracey moved to Los Angeles in 2004 where for the next ten years she took on senior roles in Ausfilm, the industry-government partnership that connects the international film community with Australia’s screen incentives, talent and facilities.
At Ausfilm and Screen Queensland she has played an integral role in attracting a billion dollars in production investment in Australia, including Legendary Pictures Kong: Skull Island, Columbia’s The Shallows starring Blake Lively, Walden Media’s Nim’s Island, Twentieth Century Fox’s The Wolverine, USA Network’s television mini-series The Starter Wife, and HBO Film’s television series The Pacific. Most recently, she helped to secure Queensland as the location for Marvel Pictures Thor: Ragnarok, Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, NBC Universal’s Unbroken, a film directed by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie in addition to Warner Bros. blockbuster San Andreas which also filmed in the State.
Since returning to Queensland Tracey has launched new initiatives for the industry including the first fully funded features program with Streaming Video on Demand company Stan (Queensland: Originals), a creative partnership initiative with YouTube, a business building program Enterprise Queensland and Emerging Programs.
Tracey is the Chair of Australians in Film, a Los Angeles based non-profit organisation and a Board member of Ausfilm.