About Us

Matt Hearn

Matt Hearn

Ambassador / Judge

Matt Hearn has more than 20 years experience in the Australian and international film industry and is the Executive Producer of film blockbusters including Wolf Creek and Rogue.

Matt is also a founding partner of Melbourne-based Hotglue and 403 Productions and has intrinsic links to the filmmaking community on a national and international level.

He has committed to become not just an official judge of Port Shorts, but an ambassador and advocate to promote the festival through his own extensive networks among potential filmmakers and sponsors.

Matt will be involved in youth filmmaking workshops and provide general advice to emerging filmmakers.


Stephen Curry

Ambassador / Judge / MC

Stephen Curry has been a mainstay of the Australian small screen and silver screen for more than two decades.

Stephen is a familiar face through his starring roles in such movies including The Castle and The Cup as well as the Underbelly series and the new teleseries Hiding.

Stephen is keen to work with filmmakers, sponsors and organisers to establish the Port Shorts Film Festival as a leading promoter of the wealth of filmmaking talent in Australia.

Alison George

Alison George


Catseye Productions owner Ali is one of the most accomplished photographers and videographers in Far North Queensland.

Ali has worked on location for a number of productions in FNQ including ABC’s The Straits, filmed documentaries in Haiti and Sri Lanka, shot commercials for Flinders Island Tourism and is in demand as a commercial and wedding photographer and videographer.


Samantha Gowthorp


Sammi has an extensive background as a documentary maker, short film producer, editor, festival director and graphic designer.

Her work has taken her from Tibet to the Northern Territory to Tropical North Queensland and to Tasmania.

Sammi’s background in multimedia brings a wealth of creative design skills to the table, including web design, social media and print media.


Nicole Szalek


Combining her knowledge in business tourism and hospitality management, mixed with a flair for organising and creating, Nic enjoys nothing more than being involved with filmmakers and showcasing their artistic talent.

In particular Nic is keen to nurture indigenous and youth involvement in Port Shorts.


Kier Shorey


Kier Shorey is an accomplished screenwriter whose credits include feature film Blurred and Stop, which appeared at the Cannes Film Festival.

He has also lent his writing talents to successful television series Neighbours, Ocean Girl and Pirate Island.

Kier has been presenting breakfast radio at ABC Far North since 2006.


Greg McLean


Author and former newspaper managing editor Greg has produced his own short films and documentaries and a TV series pilot with Matt Hearn. He now works in communications and events.


Elliot Davidson


Elliot is a passionate filmmaker and high school teacher who has developed the talents of several former students to achieve their dreams as professionals in the film industry.

His commitment to teaching young people the craft of filmmaking is the driving force behind the Port Shorts Young Filmmakers Awards.