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Judge: Deanne Weir

Welcoming Deanne Weir to the Very Short Film Festival Judging Panel

We’re thrilled to announce an exciting addition to the VSFF (Very Short Film Festival) judging panel this year – the accomplished Deanne Weir! Deanne’s extensive experience and passion for storytelling will bring invaluable insights to our festival. 

“As Paul Kelly tells us, from little things, big things grow.  And from imaginative and innovative filmmakers who master the art of the small film, the big films of tomorrow can be born. I can’t wait to see the talent on display in this year’s Very Small Film Festival!”  Deanne Weir. 

Deanne Weir is a former media lawyer and senior executive turned producer, investor, and company director.  An accomplished business leader, strategist and communicator, Deanne has over 30 years of experience in the media, communications, and technology sectors. Deanne’s private investment group WeirAnderson.com and her production company WeirAnderson Films invest in entrepreneurs and storytellers to help them change the world. After 14 years, Deanne retired in February 2024 as Chair of Ai-Media, an ASX listed technology company (ASX: AIM).  Deanne has been Chair of Seer Data & Analytics since July 2018. 

A board member and then Deputy Chair of Screen Australia until 2016, Deanne was instrumental in the development of its Gender Matters program. Deanne was Chair of the Sydney Film Festival until November 2023.  Deanne leads The WeirAnderson Foundation, a private ancillary fund with a strong focus on gender equality, cultural institutions, and social justice, and she is a Trustee of the global NGO The Asia Foundation.

Through WeirAnderson Films and Storyd Group Deanne invests in Australian female creatives making feature films for international audiences, with Deanne acting as Executive Producer on many projects.  Film credits include Run Rabbit Run, Babyteeth, How to Please A Woman, Blaze, Seriously Red, and I Used to Be Normal.

Deanne Joins the VSFF Stellar Judging Line-up

Deanne’s multifaceted career makes her an ideal judge for our festival. Deanne joins our esteemed panel of judges, each of whom brings a unique perspective and expertise to the festival. 

Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the festival event. With our stellar lineup of judges and an impressive slate of submissions, this year’s VSFF is shaping up to be unforgettable.