GKCFF is Australia’s peak Chinese film festival, and aims to promote Chinese films and boost Australia’s understanding of Chinese culture. It brings to Australia the best Chinese language films this season, showcasing new, up-and-coming directors. Tickets are free, all films are subtitled in both English and Chinese, and all members of the community are encouraged to come along.
Members of the ACYA P2P team around Australia are leading the organisation of the festival. Meet the team below!
JOSEPHINE MACMILLAN – NATIONAL MANAGER
Josephine Macmillan (麦佳慧) is completing a dual Bachelors of Arts and Law at the University of Queensland. Her major in Arts is Art History and she has interned with the Queensland Art Gallery. At the Gallery, Josephine assisted with the launch of a new corporate sponsorship network, the Asia Pacific Council. Thanks to this experience, she has become passionate about cultural diplomacy and its role in the Australia-China bilateral relationship. Josephine sees the appreciation of Chinese art, music, cinema, history and language as key to genuine cultural engagement, which in turn can enhance mutual economic and social prosperity. She will spend this semester working on her Mandarin at Peking University in Beijing.
SCOTT GIGANTE – NATIONAL ASSISTANT-MANAGER
Scott Gigante (高世荣) is in his final year of a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Melbourne. Scott is also undertaking a Diploma of Languages in Chinese, which he began alongside his degree in 2013 and which sparked his passion for Chinese language and culture. In 2015, as the inaugural New Colombo Plan Fellow for China, Scott embarked upon a year-long exchange at Shanghai’s Fudan University, furthering his language studies and completing an internship with VMware, a multinational computer science company.
CYNTHIA YUAN – NATIONAL ASSISTANT-MANAGER
Cynthia Yuan (袁迪雅) is currently completing a dual Bachelors in Law and Commerce at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. In 2015, Cynthia was the President of the Macquarie University ACYA Chapter and joins the National Executive Committee in 2016 as the National Secretary. Growing up as an Australian-born Chinese, Cynthia often felt the pressure to suppress her Chinese roots in order to assimilate to the broader Australian community. It was only through her involvement with ACYA that she was able to reconcile her inner cultural dichotomy and develop a genuine passion for the Australia-China space. She hopes to further encourage involvement in ACYA amongst today’s youth so that those who have faced the same challenges can experience such cultural enlightenment.
JESSICA FENG – PROJECT MANAGER
Jessica is a university student at UNSW, studying Bachelor of Commerce and Economics. She is currently the Vice President for ACYA UNSW, responsible for planning and executing large scale events. In her free time, she enjoys cafe-hunting, watching movies and planning her next travel destination!
JULIA YAN – ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER
Julia is currently studying International Relations and International Business at the University of Sydney. She is the Events and People to People Director for ACYA USYD.
ADELE THIELKE – PROJECT MANAGER
Adele is in her penultimate year of bachelor of law/arts (politics and policy studies/international relations) and heading up the Melbourne team of GKCFF in 2017.
Adele has been involved with various ACYA events and this year will be the internal Vice President of the ACYA Victoria Bilingual Language Completion, along with the Marketing Director of Deakin University ACYA.
ARDEN BAKER – ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER
An avid polyglot, Arden is passionate about foreign culture and the power of film. He hopes that the GKCFF represents the first step for Chinese directors presenting their work to an Australian audience.
GARLINA YAN – PROJECT MANAGER
Garlina studied a Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade) and Bachelor of International Relations at the University of South Australia. Garlina joined the GKCFF team as she has always been interested in learning more about the Chinese language and culture and to gain a better understanding of the China-Australia relationship.
BEN LU – ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER
Ben graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2016, completing a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Media Studies. Ben works as a graduate officer at the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion and also manages a small cocktail bar in Adelaide. Ben has always been an advocate for travel and cultural exchange. He has been fortunate to have studied in Mannheim, Germany, Utrecht, the Netherlands, and Michigan, USA. In 2015, Ben also lived in Bogota, Colombia.
However, China remains at the centre of his heart. Ben was originally born in Nantong, Jiangsu province, China, and has been passionate about China engagement for as long as he can remember. ACYA has been a great platform for Ben to meet other like-minded individuals who are as excited about China, and he is looking forward to sharing some of his passion for China, its culture and the arts at the GKCFF this year.
JACK CANAVAN – KEY PROJECT MANAGER
Brisbane based Law/Economics graduate working within the banking and investments sector. Having travelled and worked abroad, specifically in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific, Jack is committed to progressing Australia’s business and cultural relations within the region.
TONY GU- PROJECT MANAGER
Tony is in his third year studying a Bachelor of Asian Studies and a Bachelor of International Relations at the ANU. Originally from Melbourne, Tony has a keen interest in studying Chinese language, politics, and minority customs and culture, and can’t wait for Canberra to host the GKCFF for the first time ever!
SOPHIE LI – ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER
Sophie is a third year Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Relations student at the Australian National University. She enjoys the study of Chinese history, culture and has a particular interest in China’s approach to foreign policy.