2016 Fashion Film Series presented by RUSSH: The Panel

As applications open today for the Fashion Film Series presented by RUSSH, part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program, we can announced the esteemed panel of industry judges that will contribute to the 2016 event.

The Fashion Film Series presented by RUSSH is the longest-running and leading platform in Australia for the exposure and recognition of creative talent in the local and global fashion film industries. From the shorts submitted by Australian and international emerging and established filmmakers, 10 Australian and 3 International films will be selected to make up the next year’s Series. The below panel will individually critique the finalist films, in order to choose 3 winning artists to obtain an invaluable prize – nationwide exposure and  amplification of their awarded works via prestigious screening institutions such as, the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) and Fed Square.

Graeme Lewsey

Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

Jess Blanch

Editor-In-Chief, RUSSH

Ilona Hamer

Stylist and Contributing Fashion Editor, RUSSH

James Nolen

Film Programmer, ACMI

Kelli Keating

Multimedia Screen Program Producer, Fed Square

Michelle Carey

Artist Director, Melbourne International Film Festival

More judges will be announced shortly.


Watch the top three films of the 2015 Series:

Life Through Wool Starring Isabel Lucas

Jessie Oldfield and Adam Murfet (C-Kol) [pictured]


Tim White

Wild West

Justin Griffiths


If you are an aspiring or established fashion filmmaker or artist, submit your work today. Head to to apply or to find out more information.