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The festival specialists.


Mathieu Ravier, Director | matt[at]
Karina Libbey, Festivals Manager| karina[at]
Patricia Laksmono, Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator | patricia[at]
Samuel Hilton, Event Coordinator | samuel[at]
Susanne Haydon, Young at Heart Culture Club Coordinator | susanne[at]

Original founders: Marianne Alla & Mathieu Ravier

THE Festivalists Ltd |
Physical address: Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville NSW 2043 Australia
Postal address: PO BOX 275, Erskineville Rd, Erskineville NSW 2043 Australia
Tel: +61 (02) 9550 2266



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 a Masters in Business Administration. 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


Samuel Hilton first became involved with The Festivalists & Kino Sydney in 2007. In the intermitting years, Samuel developed a passion for film and arts events on the UK festival circuit and is currently completing a Masters in Event Management. Samuel is also an avid filmmaker & writer, having written and directed over 30 short films and contributed articles to cultural publications in both London and Sydney. Favourite film: City of God


Patricia Laksmono is originally from Indonesia, but moved to Australia in mid 2005. She got a Masters in Film and Television Studies from Griffith University, Brisbane, after she finished her study in Design Communication Visual back in Indonesia. Before joining the team, she was working as Marketing Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2007-2013). She is passionate about film, design, animation and cooking (and eating it too!). Favorite films: Anything by Tim Burton, The Departures and Lord of The Rings Trilogy.