REELise is about youth empowerment

We provide a platform for young people to shape a better online environment through pocket  filmmaking and student activism.

Our aim is to create a force for change that makes it unacceptable to bully and the norm to step in and help.

We offer:

  • School based programs (REELise Revolutions) to empower students to take united action to create positive peer pressure to reject and report bullying behaviour;
  • An innovative youth film festival based on pocket phone filmmaking to broaden understanding and awareness about issues arising from today’s digital world that impact youth mental health (REELise Film Festival)
  • Filmmaking instruction and mentoring with leading Australian filmmakers to encourage youth activism through digital filmmaking and to build teamwork, resilience, confidence, filmmaking and other skills (REELise Mentoring);
  • Opportunities for young people from various socio-economic backgrounds to join together and lead a cultural change (REELise Youth Council).


The REELise Team

Program & Festival Director:


Karen Hamilton

Tel: +61 407 076  787
Fax: 612 9337 4466

REELise Management Committee Members:


Yasmin London


Luise Elsing



REELise Youth Council

The REELise Youth Council is a representative group of young people to 25 years of age who guide and help manage the development and operation of the REELise Film Festival and its related programs.

Led by Emma Hamilton as Executive Director, the Council acts as an advisory group and with the support of adult mentors, undertakes media management, marketing, fundraising, friendraising, creative, performing and visual arts activities; and event management functions for REELise.  Students are welcome to apply to join  the Council as an executive member or to be networked into its activities as a youth REELise ambassador for their school or youth organisation.

If you are interested please contact

REELise Mentors

REELise mentors are chosen based on their expertise in film directing, production, script writing, composition or editing.

They are innovative and inspiring.  Passionate about the art of storytelling and the power of film, they enjoy helping our students develop skills and knowledge, acting as confidante, consultant and coach.

Meet some of our mentors:


 Matthew Dabner

Matthew is a writer/producer and freelance script editor and script consultant.  He has assessed for Screen Australia and most of the State film agencies within Australia and taught screenwriting at AFTRS and the University of Technology Sydney.  He has also consulted to Screen Australia’s production investment division.

Matthew’s credits as a writer include the AFI nominated contemporary noir, The Square, co-written with Joel Edgerton.  His credits as a producer include Cedar Boys, an IF Award nominee for Best Film and Sydney Film Festival Audience Award winner.

image Alexandra Edmondson

ALEXANDRA is an award-winning filmmaker. She has worked in research and script development for production companies in Australia and the UK including Baz Luhrmann’s Sydney based company Bazmark, Universal Pictures and Focus Features.

Recent credits include the ABC TV series The Time of Our Lives and the documentary Red Obsession, which screened at the 2013 Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals. In 2010 she made her directing debut with her short film The Burnt Cork. It screened at festivals around the world and was the recipient of the 2012 Black Shorts Award at Adelaide’s Shorts Film Festival, one of Australia’s richest film prizes. The film was also nominated for the SBS Television Award and Best Indigenous Film at the St Kilda Film Festival in 2011.

Alex was shortlisted for the Qantas Spirit of Youth award for film in 2010 and has since written and directed several short films which are currently screening at local and international festivals. She is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Writing and the Metro Screen Multi-Platform Producing Scholarship. Alex recently returned from New York where she worked with transmedia storyteller Sparrow Hall on an upcoming project.


 Pauline Findlay

PAULINE is an award-winning filmmaker and the founder of Story Rock Star a storytelling consultancy. She has written, directed and produced short films, documentaries and theatre plays in Australia and the UK.

In 2002 Pauline’s play GIRLS’ TALK, opened at the Soho Theatre in London’s West End. In 2007 Pauline created the first online documentary for Tropfest Super Series. Pauline has been nominated for the Monte Miller award by the Australian Writers’ Guild for two consecutive years. In 2011 for her short film LIV and again in 2012 for her debut feature film script LOLA. LIV world premiered at the 2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest and had its Australian premiere at FlickerFest International Short Film Festival in 2013. In August 2012 LOLA became a quarter finalist of the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Pauline is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Writing and Producing along with being a scholarship student of Metro Screen Multi-Platform Producing.

 imageAlexandra Long

Alexandra Long is a screenwriter and novelist.

Alexandra’s screenwriting credits include Thank God He Met Lizzie, Out and Lucinda 31. Her      published written works include The Year of Christiana Cleaves and I Took My Harp to a Party.

     imageKirk Marcolina

Kirk Marcolina has worked in television and documentary filmmaking for over 15 years. He co-produced, co-directed and co-edited The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, produced and directed the award winning feature documentary Camp Out, was co-executive producer of Boy Meets Boy, Switched and That Ying Yang Thing and created and produced Gay Weddings.

Kirk also directed and edited the critically acclaimed Disney Channel documentary series Bug Juice. He has edited many reality based and documentary series including Project Greenlight, the Bachelorette and Crime & Punishment: The Best of America Undercover.

 Lindsay Moss

Lindsay Moss has a career spanning almost 20 years in the Australian entertainment industry as a director, producer, actor and tutor.

With his extensive experience on both sides of the camera, he has become an industry expert in developing camera acting techniques for young people. He is founder of StarTime Studios which provides performing arts workshops and training, including acting for camera courses, for young people.

 Jacquelin Perske

Jacquelin Perske is a leading Australian writer and producer. She was the producer, co-creator and writer of the first and second series of Spirited and received the Australian Writers Guild Award for Best Drama in 2010 for the pilot script.

Her work credits include Love My Way (which received 14 awards including an AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a television series and 24 nominations), Fireflies, The Secret Life of Us, Raw FM, Big Sky and Star Wars: Underworld; and the short screenplay Roses are Red. Jacquelin is the writer behind one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed films of 2005, Little Fish which received 13 AFI award nominations.

image Adrian Rostirolla

Adrian Rostirolla is an accomplished and awarded film editor. His feature film credits include Kokoda, Gabriel, The Nothing Men, Being Venice, Black White & Sex, Coffin Rock and the highly acclaimed feature documentary, Bomb Harvest. He also edited the Oscar nominated animation Birthday Boy and the AFI nominated shorts Small Boxes and The Ground Beneath.

Adrian’s television projects have included House Husbands, SLiDE, Outback Kids, Inspiring Teachers, Law and Disorder: Going Public and Law and Disorder: Allan Kessing – The Reluctant Whistleblower.

image Rowan Woods

Rowan is an Australian film and television director, actor and screenwriter. His feature film debut, The Boys, was nominated for 9 AFI awards, winning 4, including Best Director. Rowan’s acclaimed second feature Little Fish was nominated for 13 AFI awards, 11FCCA awards and 8 IF awards including Best Film and Best Director. His first US feature film was Fragments aka Winged Creatures.

Rowan’s television credits include Farscape, Fireflies, Police Rescue, Spirited, Rake, The Straits, Spartacus: Blood and Sand and the BBC telemovie 3 Acts of Murder.

If you would like to join our mentor team please contact us.


REELise Supporters

REELise Inc. is a not for profit community initiative proudly supported by:

Founding Partners

Grant Partners

Corporate Supporters

Prize Sponsors

Community Supporters