Claire Dobbin AM leaves Melbourne International Film Festival

Replacing Claire Dobbin is philanthropy expert and social entrepeneur Teresa Zolnierkiewicz.

Disguised as a chairperson, Claire Dobbin AM has been a portable energy generator at the Melbourne International Film Festival since 2003. 

She will leave that post this month, ending what is surely a distinctive era in the history of MIFF. She came into the role at a time of enormous change in the festival movement, as it abandoned the familiar technology of celluloid for the chaos of digital delivery with its mess of nascent formats. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.