Claire Jager

Claire Jager is the new Festival Director from the Castlemaine area, and brings a wealth of experience to the Festival. She is a director and producer, with award-winning films to her credit and 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.


Wynne Kelly-Buttfield

Claire is also joined by local Wynne Kelly-Buttfield, a recent graduate from RMIT’s Advanved Diploma of Professional Screenwriting who interned with the Castlemaine Documentary Festival in 2020. Wynne has worked alongside renowned Australian producers, is a part of the script coverage team at Night Fox Entertainment and is thrilled to be back for 2021.

Tina Helm

Tina Helm, Event Manager for the 2021 CODC Festival, brings with her 13 years of experience in arts and events management. She has recently lead a number of projects in Castlemaine, including most recently the Castlemaine Artists Market and local radio station MAINfm. She will be directing the operations and logistics for the festival, including the special events, and CDOC’s local and regional partnernships.


Claire Jager – Festival Director
Tina Helm – Event Manager & Sponsorship
Wynne Kelly-Buttfield – Program Assistant & Social Media Management                                Bradley Dawson – Online Customer Support

Monsieur LeBlanc – Festival Trailer
Leonie Van Eyk – Photography
Mike Hamilton – Photography                           Penny Ryan – Photography

Elizabeth Geddes – Brand & Graphic Design
Josh Poole – Social Media Specialist
Greengraphics – Website                                  Bergen O’Brien & Tim Radcliffe – Technical Support

To The Theatre Royal

A special thank-you to the management and staff of the Theatre Royal Castlemaine for their support and assistance.
This beautiful venue is a treasure – your continued support will see it prosper for future generations.

Our Board

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

DAMIEN KINGSBURY – Chairman of the Board 

Damien Kingsbury is a former journalist and now Professor with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. He has published extensively on political issues and is the author and/or editor for several books.


Shirley Hardy-Rix, now retired, was a journalist for almost 40 years. During that time, she worked on radio and television. She has also worked as a publicist for The Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Reader’s Feast Bookstore and the Crime and Justice Festival, and is the author of several books.


Leonie Van Eyk has a long-standing inclusive and participatory arts practice working within the marginalised community as a film-maker, community artist, facilitator, project manager, mentor and performer. Leonie brings fifteen years of experience to each new project she takes on.


Derek Guille spent 25 years with ABC Radio, broadcasting to both regional Victoria and Melbourne. Much of his broadcasting revolved around the arts – visual, musical and performance. Derek and his artist wife Barbie were also involved in establishing and running a successful film society in Warrnambool.


Hollie Fifer’s films have screened at festivals and broadcasted within Australia and internationally including The Opposition screening in over 35 countries. Hollie is also the Director of Schoolhouse Studios and on the Board of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).


Marylou initially worked as a lawyer in top-tier firms across Australia and in Hong Kong, before moving into the offices of State and Federal members of parliament as well as a role as the Victorian Director of Social Ventures. Marylou also consults to the film industry on impact strategy and developing philanthropic partnerships.
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