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We’re excited to be offering some great prizes to film makers who get involved in this important project.

JUDGES’ CHOICE

  • Our panel of judges will be selecting the film they believe is most successful at breaking the stigma of the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).
  • A shortlist will be announced on Monday 4 October 2010.
  • The winner of the Judges’ Choice Award will be announced on Tuesday 19 October 2010 at the Live and Love Awards and receive a cheque for up to $10,000.
  • The top 5 finalists will receive one return airfare and one nights accommodation to attend the Awards.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

  • When people view the Live and Love films they can click ‘vote’. People will only be able to vote for the same film once every 24 hours.
  • The five films that receive the most votes will each be awarded a prize of up to $1,000 People’s Choice Award at the Live and Love Event on Tuesday 19 October 2010.

JUDGES

Genevieve Clay

  • Award winning writer/director
  • Specifically deals with social justice themes within her work
  • Recently showcased her first feature documentary, made for Down Syndrome NSW, at the Sydney Opera House
  • Winner of the 2009 Movie Extra Tropfest film festival with her critically acclaimed short film, Be My Brother
  • Her latest short film Frances and Annie, made a successful debut at the 2009 Bondi Short film festival, winning
  • Best Script and was recently selected to screen at the prestigious 2010 Dungog film festival
  • Her work has been screened at over thirty festivals, both nationally and internationally
  • Recently nominated to be a part of the 2011 edition of the ‘Who’s Who of Australian Women’ magazine for her services to the film industry
  • Currently director for Beyond Vision, Australia’s first theatre for the blind
  • Earned a director’s attachment with award-winning director Alister Grieson, on the 3D feature film Sanctum, of which James Cameron is Executive ?Producer
  • Recently accepted into the 2010 Young Social Pioneers program run by the Foundation for Young Australians
  • Setting up a new production company with partner, cinematographer and designer, Henry Smith and producer, Eleanor Winkler

Anthony Macfarl &Jarod Green

  • Creators of popular series Beached Az
  • Pioneered a new social-broadcast distribution model with ABC TV
  • Anthony is one of Australia’s leading music video producers creating clips for the likes of
  • The Cat Empire, The Potbelleez, Faker, Brian McFadden and Delta Goodrem
  • Jarod wrote, directed and produced several plays whilst gaining his degree in Visual Media
  • Focusing on digital distribution methods and building social marketplaces, Radical Love has collaborated on digital media concepts for brands including 20th Century Fox, Coca Cola, The Wine Society, Mattel, Dosh and Sega
  • Have presented their experiences with monetising social media marketplaces at the Screen Producers
  • Association of Australia, the Sydney Film Festival, and the Sydney Film School
  • Have written opinion pieces for Triple J radio and the ABC’s political blog ABC Unleashed
  • Contribute and consult to the NSW government on digital media,
  • Social media ambassadors for their beloved Sydney Swans.

Dr Catriona ooi

  • MBBS BSc (med), FAChSHM, MM (HIV/STIs)
  • Director of Sexual Health for The Hunter New England area
  • Conjoint lecturer for the University of Newcastle
  • Chair of the General Practice Working party for Herpes Viruses
  • Board member of the Australian Herpes Management Forum (AHMF)
  • Regular columnist for the Medical Observer

Professor Adrian mindel

  • Professor of Sexual Health Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Director of the STIRC, Westmead Hospital.
  • Considerable experience of both the clinical and psychological management of patients with herpes
  • Frequently invited to lecture on the subject
  • Presently on several advisory boards for sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, and the
  • Editorial Board of Herpes, the journal of the International Herpes Management Forum (IHMF)

Cassandra Hawkins

  • Cass, 38, who describes herself as “keen, enthusiastic and a catch!” has a penchant for “travel, and chocolate”.
  • She is a passionate entertainer with an extensive performing arts background.
  • Cass has a Bachelor of Theatre degree. She has performed in countless stage shows and in children’s theatre, sung in bands, worked as a karaoke queen host and had many marketing/promotional jobs.
  • This “jack of all trades” who has lived all over Australia, has worked with wedding photographers and in hospitality, served as an arts director on cruise ship and more recently, spent time as a professional house sitter looking after a variety of animals, including a peacock who fell madly in love with her!
  • Cass has performed a lot of character costume work, appearing as Humphrey B Bear and as a Rug Rat. She has also created her own clowning character, Cass the Clown, run clowning parties and developed an educational clowning program for preschoolers.
  • Cass has been living with HSV for the past decade.
  • She was diagnosed after months of experiencing extreme and inexplicable lower back pain, headaches and cold and flu like symptoms.
  • Cass believes she contracted the virus from a former, long-term partner. As that relationship disintegrated, Cass was confronted with the lonely reality of living with HSV.
  • She has found that many people are afraid of herpes – they don’t understand the virus. She often feels as though she is tainted and classed as a ‘bad person’ when she tells people about her diagnosis.
  • Herpes has changed how Cass interacts with men – she is constantly and acutely aware of the rejection she receives when she tells a potential partner she has HSV.
  • Cass wants to stand up, change how the public views HSV and help those who have it find strength in numbers so no one else need confront the loneliness she’s experienced.