Judges 2019

We are hoping to have our 2018 Judges return again for the 2019 Benalla Shorts – we will keep you informed…..and…. Tony Bonner has agreed to Judge this year as well and John and Tony will attend the Festival screening.

John Orcsik is one of Australia’s high profile actor/writer/directors. In a professional career spanning over thirty years he has performed, written and directed in all mediums. In film & television he has performed in most Australian productions with major sustaining roles in series and has compiled probably more than 1000 hours of television drama. He has also written for both film and television and has directed television commercials, corporate videos, telemovies and episodic television. On screen probably best known for his role as Mike Georgiou in the smash success police series – Cop Shop.  John recently performed in the Doctor Blake series.

Tom Long was born in the United States as his Australian parents were there at the time, and on their return to Australia he grew up on a farm near Benalla.  He worked as a jackaroo and shearer after high school, before heading overseas.  After returning to Australia, Tom successfully auditioned for a place at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), graduating in 1994.  Tom Long has appeared in several Australian television series, most notably the ABC hit Sea Change (1998–2000) and the Nine Network police drama ‘Young Lions’ (2002).  He appeared in the Australian films ‘Two Hands’ (1999); ‘The Dish’; played Brenden Abbott in the 2003 telemovie ‘The Postcard Bandit’; appeared in the film ‘The Book of Revelation’; ‘Woodley’ (2012, TV series).  He also appeared in East of Everything’ (2008–2009, miniseries).  Tom is still busy writing.