The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival is held annually in July in central Victoria (90 minutes from Melbourne) in Castlemaine’s iconic Theatre Royal. The Festival offers a curated program of superb Australian and international non-fiction films. Audiences are introduced to a series of fascinating worlds populated by even more enthralling characters.

The Festival provides a rich, multi-layered experience and connects audiences with film directors and contributors through in-venue and live telecast Q&A sessions. The aim is that the discussions continue long after the credits have rolled.

Festival Team

Claire Jager is the new Festival Director, and Scottie Charalambous is General Manager.  Both live in the Castlemaine area, and each brings a wealth of experience to the Festival.

Claire is a director and producer, with award-winning films to her credit.  She has worked with the ABC as an Executive Producer; with SBS as a Commissioning Editor (Documentary); with the Australian Film Commission as a development executive, and Screen Australia as Investment Manager for Documentary.

Scottie is a producer and production manager and has worked in film, advertising and event management over her extensive career in the creative industries.

Claire and Scottie are both looking forward to bringing an exciting and inspiring festival.

Festival Director
General Manager

Our Board 

The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival is governed by a Board of Directors.

From L to R, bottom row: Derek Guille, Leonie Van Eyk (Secretary), second row: Damien Kingsbury (Chair), Shirley Hardy-Rix, Claire Jager (Festival Director), top row: Scottie Charalambous (General Manager), Kylie Pacoe (Deputy Chair), Jeni McMahon (Treasurer).