Lara van Raay
Lara is another one of those super talented and internationally experienced people who has found her heart is in Tasmania. Lara has worked in broadcast TV for over 20 years with National Geographic in Sydney, SKY in London and MBC in Dubai.
She has made over 60 short documentaries, is an award winning filmmaker and the Tasmanian feature documentary she edited, 'Mary Meets Mohammad', screened around Australia, on the ABC as a half hour special and was a finalist for a Walkley Award.
She moved to Tasmania with the ABC making multi-media stories across radio, online and TV. She now runs her own media company, Small World Documentaries, while also working on the story collecting project, Women of the Island.
Interview with Lara van Raay:
When I am watching a film I am looking for original story as well as good camera work and film that has a great flow from beginning to end. I want to be engaged from the first minute, otherwise I find it difficult to relate to the story.
I watch them online, and try and get through as many as I can in one session so I get into the right head space to judge them. I make lots of notes and use a system of scoring across areas such as technical aspects, originality, engagement etc.
I love seeing all the incredible ideas and adore seeing and hearing the creators, especially the younger voices. When I see a great film I get really happy and excited. There are some incredibly talented people who submit their work to this festival and I know how complicated film making can be, so I'm just excited to see people doing it so well.