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Debra Liang Producer

Debra Liang is a Chinese-Australian producer who was raised in Adelaide, South Australia. She was recently awarded the 2016 Carclew Film & New Media Scholarship for career development and was also nominated for the 2016 Channel 9 Young Achiever Award.  Debra began her career in film as a Music Supervisor, garnering credits on short and feature films, including the internationally award-winning 52 Tuesdays. To foster her love for film, culture and innovation, she recently produced Australia’s first Horror Virtual Reality short film Madeleine funded by Screen Australia’s Multi Platform Drama Program, which premiered at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival and screened at the Sydney Film Festival Hub.  Another notable project includes associate producing the Australian Director’s Guild award winning Music Video ‘It’s Alright’ by Matthew Chuang. In 2015, Debra was the recipient of the South Australian Film Corporation’s Seed Talent Grant and undertook a yearlong Producer Placement with award winning producer, Julie Ryan of Cyan Films (Tracks, Red Dog, Ten Canoes). 

Makoto Koji Director/Writer

Makoto Koji is a female Japanese/Aussie Animator, born in Hiroshima and raised in the wilderness of rural Queensland. Her work draws from her unique upbringing of both Eastern and Western sensibilities.  After graduating Griffith University in Queensland with a Bachelor of Animation, in 2007, she migrated South to begin her professional animation career at The People’s Republic of Animation as an Animator and Character Designer on Short Films (Including Oscar Short Listed - The Cat Piano, 2009), and TVCs. Since then she has worked with many other award winning Studios on Animated Television Series, Music Videos.  In 2014, Makoto’s distinct work was recognised by QANTAS Spirit of the Youth Art Awards (SOYA Awards) where she was a Finalist in the Animation category and was awarded a Highly Commended in the Visual Design & Communications category. In the past, she has been a successful grant recipient multiple times, where her work has been backed by institutions such as Carclew Youth Arts, Media Resource Center and Adelaide City Council.  Makoto was the featured animator for January 2016 LoopdeLoop x WANDAA (Women and Animation Australia) screening event, celebrating female animators in Australia. In May 2016 Makoto's most recent film Peppercorn, Babycorn, Unicorn won Best Animation and Best Sound Design at the South Australian Screen Awards. 

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