The judging panel will consist of the Founding Committee. Films chosen as finalists for the Prize will be shown at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture in Canberra. The winner will be announced on the same night.

Meet the judges

Rev Dr David Millikan

David is both a film-maker and theologian. His first role in TV was as presenter of the highly successful ABC series, The Sunburnt Soul. He was Head of Religious Broadcasting at the ABC for seven years and has presented, and produced, programs for Four Corners, Sixty Minutes and more recently for Sunday Night on Channel 7. His most recent special can be seen here. David has been involved in many independent film projects in Australia. David is author of several books and many articles dealing with religion and New Religious Movements and Cults. At the moment he is working on an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment set in Newtown, Sydney called The Eden Tree. David was the Founding Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture which is sponsoring the Religious Short Film Prize. He is the part-time minister of Berry Uniting Church in NSW.

Dr Susan Murphy

Susan is the co-author (with Elizabeth Jacka) of three key works on the revival of the Australian film industry up to the late 1980s (The Screening of Australia, Vols I and II, and The Imaginary Industry). In 1977, she participated in establishing Australia’s first media degree (BA Comm) at UTS (formerly NSW Institute of Technology), developing the first full Screen Studies major in the country. In 1993 she wrote and directed Breathing Under Water. Recently she has written and produced many freelance feature radio documentaries for ABC Radio National, as well as directing the annual Sydney Buddhist Film Festival, Reel to Real, established in 2003. Dr Murphy is a Zen Roshi in the lineage of Robert Aitken. She is the author of Upside Down Zen (2004, 2006) and Minding the Earth, Mending the World (2012).

Steve Mason

Is an Australian cinematographer living in Los Angeles. He has a huge range of credits in film, television and documentaries. He has a deep interest in the relationship between faith, religion, belief and the film industry. “After all” he says: “ we are in the business of bringing words to life. His credits include: DP, 4 episodes of The Gilmore Girls; DP, The Bag Man; DP, 6 episodes of Castle; DP, 4 episodes Mad Men. Features: Venom, Bootmen, Rollerball, That Old Feeling, Fame LA, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Strictly Ballroom and The Tale of Ruby Rose.