Starting in 2015, the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival  is an annual three day event held in July at the iconic Theatre Royal Castlemaine, central Victoria, mainland Australia’s oldest continuously operating cinema.

The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival offers a curated program showcasing the very best in Australian and international non-fiction films. It features a world-class program films introducing audiences to a series of fascinating worlds populated by even more fascinating characters.

The festival provides a deep and enriching experience by connecting audiences with many of the film directors and key contributors by way of live in venue and live via telecast Q&A sessions.

Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival Board of Directors

The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival is governed by a Board of Directors. Stay tuned for updates for the 2020 festival board. Continuing members are as follows:

K Y L I E   P A S C O E | Acting Chair
Kylie Pascoe is a producer with 20 years’ experience in strategic film and TV marketing. Breaking new ground in subscription television, creating innovative campaigns alongside several Hollywood Studios,  in 1996 she moved into film and has been behind the release of 20 feature films – from Samson & Delilah to Paranormal Activity. Kylie spent two years as the director of Queensland’s largest film festival, and still produces their major events today. She was invited to sit on the judging panels for the prestigious Bond University film scholarship program, and student script assessment.

In 2016 Kylie redefined her career as a producer and has been involved with several NITV documentary projects in various capacities. She is currently collaborating with film practitioners around the country on various projects and has two projects of her own in development.

D E N I S E   B U T T O N | Acting Secretary
Denise is a freelance public relations, marketing and events specialist with a passion for people, stories and the arts.  Denise has relationships with both traditional and digital media and fosters connectivity with influencers, stakeholders and the broader community.

Having spent 25 years in corporate communications and events management with a multi-national ASX100 company, Denise now applies that experience predominantly to clients in regional Victoria – partnering with a number of festivals, performers, writers, small businesses and the occasional corporate, to bring their vision to fruition. Denise was the General Manager of the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival from 2016-2019 and was a board member for the Castlemaine State Festival from 2002-2007.

D E R E K   G U I L L E | Board member
Derek was a radio presenter with ABC Radio for almost 25 years, broadcasting from Horsham, Bendigo and Southbank. Before joining the ABC, he presented programs at 3HA Hamilton. Since leaving the ABC Derek has continued in his role as Ambassador for the Port Fairy Folk Festival and has worked as an MC at various events. For the past three years Derek has chaired peer review panels formed to provide grants to musicians, organised through Creative Victoria.

While living in Warrnambool from 2012 to 2017, Derek was involved in an artist-run initiative called F Project. He was President of the committee for one year and, with a few other locals, was involved in creating a film society as an aspect of the F Project. He was also the President of that committee for two years.

Derek has been a member of an eight-piece folk/jazz band, The Ugly Uncles, since its inception in 1995.

A L E X   K E L L Y | Board member
Alex Kelly is a filmmaker, artist and communications and campaign strategist committed to social justice. Alex worked for ten years with Big hART as Creative Producer of Ngapartji Ngapartji and was National Producer from 2012-2014.

Alex’s documentary credits include producing Island of the Hungry Ghosts, THE ISLAND, Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji and co-producing The Namatjira Project production managing Coniston: Telling it True and directing Queen of the Desert. Alex was the Global Impact & Distribution Producer on Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything project. She is currently working on Maya Newell’s forthcoming film In My Blood It Runs as Associate Producer & Impact Producer.

In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and explored at models for social change documentary impact and engagement in UK, Canada and USA. Alex Directed and co-founded the Something Somewhere Film Festival in Alice Springs, Central Australia and was a 2016-2017 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.