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Please note: The Festivalists closed its doors in May 2016. The Festivalists was a Sydney-based non-profit company founded in 2005, dedicated to the production, programming and marketing of unique events.

brought together artists, unusual spaces and new ideas to create stimulating, interactive cultural experiences. From accessible film festivals to parties in iconic venues, our mission was to infuse culture with fun, and develop local audiences for Australian and international artists.


Mathieu Ravier, Director 
Karina Libbey, Manager
Alice Vilardel, Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator
Original founders: Marianne Alla & Mathieu Ravier 


Mathieu Ravier is originally from France but has lived and studied/worked in San Francisco, Tokyo, Paris, Toronto, Hong Kong and Manchester. He now lives in Sydney. He has an Masters in Management and an MBA. Matt was the artistic director of the Commonwealth Film Festival before starting The Festivalists in 2005. He also works as a consultant, journalist and lecturer. He is passionate about cinema in all its forms. Favourite film: Gus Van Sant's Gerry


Karina Libbey has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from University of NSW, majoring in Film and History. After years of volunteering at various film and art festivals, she met The Festivalists in 2007 and never left. She has worked across The Festivalists portfolio of events gaining extensive experience in event production and management, and festival programming. Favourite Films: Drop Dead Gorgeous & All About Eve