Mitch Torres, Director Indigenous Community Stories Program: Mitch Torres is an Indigenous Writer/director from Broome, Western Australia. She has extensive experience as a director, writer, producer, journalist and radio broadcaster as well as a thorough knowledge of her hometown, Broome. Her films have screened in multiple international festivals. A recent example includes; ‘Jandamarra’s War’ (2010) which screened at the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts festival (2012) and Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival (2012). Mitch’s documentary ‘Bungarun Orchestra’ screened on ABC-TV in 1999 and she is known specifically for her work on 'BabaKiueria' (1986), 'The Fringe Dwellers' (1986) and 'Emerald City' (1988). Mitch is an award winning documentary film maker with award credits to: 'Jandamarra's War'- AACTA 2012 Best documentary under 60 minutes. 'Whispering in Our Hearts' - Winner of the Montreal Film Festival - Best Documentary 2000, Winner of the Rigoberto Mechu Human Rights Award Montreal Film Festival, Winner Tudawali Award Best Documentary, Tudawali Film Festival Best Documentary Series - 'Everyday Brave' Series of which wrote and directed 'Saltwater Bluesman'. Best Drama Series Winning Team of writers 'The Circuit 1 & 2, to name a few.
Simon Akkerman Acs, Director, Cinematographer Indigenous Community Stories Program: Simon is an accredited, award winning cinematographer, with a career spanning over 40 years. He has a long list of experience working on feature films, documentaries, TV series and commercials. Throughout the years he has directed numerous programmes, including several of FTI's Indigenous Community Stories.