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Crowdfunding - The Wisdom of the Crowds
CHAIRMAN, CROWD FUNDING INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
Causeway Films Pty Ltd
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER
David Whealy and Associates
Matthew is the Chairman of the Crowd Funding Institute of Australia, and Director of TMeffect, a Syndicate investment and CSEF platform lobbing for regulatory change to enable innovative funding for small business and start-ups. Matthew holds several start-up investments from FMCG to digital disruptors.
As an ICAANZ fellow and Licensed Business Broker, Matthew has been deeply engaged in M&A and Start-ups throughout his professional career, including highlights such as trade sales to Oracle & IGT.
Kristina Ceyton produced the critically acclaimed and award-winning psychological thriller The Babadook that premiered in the 'Park City at Midnight' section at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and significant international sales. The film went on to screen at numerous prestigious film festivals worldwide, winning Best Film and Best Actress Awards among them.
Her other producing credits include award-winning shorts Small Boxes (2006) and The Ground Beneath (2008). Both films have received great international success, winning over 40 awards collectively. The Ground Beneath was short-listed for nomination for the 2010 ACADEMY AWARD as Best Live Action Short.
Kristina associate produced Australian feature Newcastle (2008), and is developing a select slate of features, including Cartagena by Nam Le (based on the short story from his award winning collection The Boat), the feature version of YouTube sensation and Tropfest Finalist short film Cargo in collaboration with US producer Russell Ackerman (Mama), and This Dark Wood with Jonathan Auf Der Heide (Van Diemen’s Land). Kristina also just completed a 6-month placement with top US sales agency & development and production company FILMNATION in Los Angeles supported by Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator Program. Her company, CAUSEWAY FILMS, was also awarded the Screen Australia Feature Enterprise grant, in 2014.
Hattie Archibald is a producer with a background in impact producing, crowdfunding and distribution.
Hattie has been at the helm of the independent release of four Australian feature films: The Connection (2014), Last Paradise (2013), Rites of Passage (2013) and Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea (2011), delivering films to audiences via event screening tours, VOD, DVD, self-hosted community screenings and educational packages. She is currently working as the Impact Producer on Gayby Baby and Cast from the Storm, both to be released in 2015.
As a crowdfunding consultant Hattie has co-developed the strategy for several successful crowdfunding campaigns (including Gayby Baby), collectively raising $400,000 across 12 campaigns. Hattie and her team also recently raised $14,891 for a web series she hopes to direct called Gut Feeling.
Hattie is a graduate of AFTRS for Directing Fundamentals (2013), has a BA from the University of Sydney and learnt french whilst on exchange at the Sorbonne (Paris IV).
Claire Merquita has worked as a writer, producer and educator in the media and broadcast industries for the last six years. Originally based in Singapore, her work has appeared on television, film, corporate video and collateral, audio tours and the local press.
Her clients have included McDonald’s, Lanxess, the National Environment Agency and Mediacorp, Singapore’s main broadcasting station. She also worked as an editor for The Weekender, Singapore’s newest lifestyle paper.
A media practitioner and educator, she has hosted and covered major media events and conferences, including Ad-tech Singapore, the iMedia Brand & Agency Summits, and the International Communication Association’s Conference.
She lectured in media for two years at Lasalle College of the Arts Broadcast, Video Art and Animation divisions.
In her current role as Pozible’s Public Relations Manager, Claire works with international project creators to help them prepare releases and pitch to the press, resulting in wide coverage that includes CNN, TechCrunch and the BBC.
David is the principal of entertainment legal firm David Whealy and Associates admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW. David is regarded as one of the leading and most experienced entertainment legal practitioners in Australia, possessing over 20+ years’ entertainment legal experience including senior executive positions with Omnilab Media, Holding Redlich, Beyond, ABC TV and PolyGram.
David’s areas of expertise include copyright, trademarks, Australian and international film and television financing, production and chain of title agreements, music, advertising, distribution, production and marketing funding, and sales. He has been in involved in providing legal advice to Australian and international clients ranging from studios, distributors, broadcasters, major production companies, talent and creative across the globe across hundreds of film, television, advertising, music and theatre projects.
David has also executive produced cumulatively over $350 million worth of film and television production in his career.