The Struggle - Colleen Hope

Short Film Judges

Michael McMahon

Michael McMahon is a Melbourne based lawyer and screen content producer. He was a founder and first Executive Chairman of Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd.     

His documentary production and executive producing credits include Sadness, Wildness, the Anatomy Series, Next Stop Hollywood and The Coming Back Out Again Ball.  His television drama credits include Call Me Mum, Saved, The Slap andseries 1 of Nowhere Boys.    He was an executive produced the Netflix series Clickbait.  Feature film credits are The Home Song Stories, Lou, Cut Snake and Ali’s Wedding

He is executive producing the SBS Screen Australia Digital Original Night Bloomers. 

His company Big and Little Films Pty Ltd currently has several projects in development.   

Michael has held a wide range of management and legal positions as well as board appointments, including Screen Tasmania and Film Victoria. He has also held academic positions at the University of South Australia and Swinburne University of Technology where he is an Adjunct Professor.

He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Screen Producers Australia in 2018.   

Laura Waters

Laura Waters founded Princess Pictures in 2003 driven by a vision to support creative ideas, pushing audiences to see the world in new ways.

Born in the US, she studied at Boston University and produced current affairs and documentary television in London and LA. She’s produced all five of Chris Lilley’s ABC/HBO/BBC comedy series, We Can Be HeroesSummer Heights HighAngry BoysJa’mie: Private School Girl, and Jonah From Tonga, as well as Chris’s most recent series, Lunatics for Netflix.

Laura has overseen the production of a range of groundbreaking series with recent productions including ABC ME’s ‘vlogumentary’ series My Year 7 Life and My Year 12 Life; the award-winning documentary, The Graceland Happiness Project; Foxtel’s sketch comedy show Open Slather; landmark series from John Clarke, Sporting Nation and The Sounds of Aus; Jonn Safran’s look at cross-cultural love, Race Relations and his documentary on the 2016 Australian vote The Goddam Election!; Peter Helliar’s acclaimed comedy anthology It’s a Date and feature film I Love You TooAustralia’s first Aboriginal sitcom, 8MMM; and Outlanda comedy series about gay science fiction fans. Currently, she is delivering a unique comedy/documentary/musical series to the ABC written by Andrew Hansen and Chris Taylor from The Chaser and developing as many mind-boggling things as she can handle.

Recently Princess partnered with the acclaimed animation company Bento Box to not only produce original Australian adult animation but also establish a studio based in Melbourne. Currently, Princess Bento is in production on several animated series, including Yolo and Smiling Friends for Adult Swim, and Koala Man for Hulu.

Laura has won two TV Logie awards, one AFI award, the NYC Webfest, and been nominated for dozens of international television awards for various Princess Pictures productions.

View the videography prizes for this years competition