WMAFF 2023 ~ International Jury Panel

Kate Fitzpatrick is a stage/film actor and writer. She has worked extensively in Australia and Europe over the past 50 years. She has had 4 books published, and written for film and television. She is a NIDA BA graduate, and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for services to the theatre.  She was also the world’s first female cricket commentator – 1983/4. (Australia)

Narges Abyar is an Iranian film director, author, and screenwriter, best known for directing Track 143, Breath, and When the Moon Was Full. The film Track 143 is adapted from Abyar’s novel titled The Third Eye narrating the story of a woman and her son during the time of war. Her films sensitively picture the sufferings of women and children caused by the society, war or radicalism. Narges Abyar graduated in Persian literature; she started writing books in 1997. So far, she has written over thirty story and fiction books for children, young adults, and adults. Abyar graduated in Persian literature; she has written several story and fiction books for children, young adults, and adults. She began her directing career with the film Objects in mirror are closer than they appear in 2005 and some short films and documentaries, most of them about the Iran–Iraq War. Although she has written four drama films, she has also made several short and feature-length documentaries since 2005. Her first experience in fiction was “The Kind Dead-End,”; the winner of the best short film of the Setayesh Festival and in several international festivals were also presented for the competition section. (Islamic Republic of Iran)

Margot Nash  is a New Zealand-born Australian-based filmmaker. Her directing credits include the award-winning feature dramas Vacant Possession (1994) and Call Me Mum (2005), the experimental short Shadow Panic (1989) and the feature documentary The Silences (2015). She was a co-filmmaker and editor on the landmark feminist films We Aim To Please (Robin Laurie, Margot Nash1976) and For Love Or Money (Megan McMurchy, Margot Nash, Margot Oliver, Jeni Thornley 1983). Margot has worked as a consultant and mentor for Australian Indigenous filmmakers as well as working in the Pacific running documentary workshops for Pacific Island women television producers. In 2016 she won an Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Award for the screenplay of The Silences.  She is currently a Visiting Fellow in Communications at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. (New Zealand-Australia)