Listed recently as one of the most influential women in the Arts in QWeekend, Courier Mail, Maxine Williamson has been an arts leader in Brisbane and internationally for 28 years.
Maxine’s experience is predominantly in the film industry, but she is also General Manager of the celebrated national chamber music soloist group: Southern Cross Soloists, Company in Residence at QPAC for 14 years and General Manager of the Bangalow Chamber Music Festival, celebrating its 20th edition this year.
Maxine has worked in the local/international film industries for 28yrs. A specialist in Asia Pacific cinema, was influential in establishing the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (the Oscars of the East) as Film Director, finishing after its 10th edition in mid-2017 to commence film producing in the region. She has been Artistic Director of two international film festivals in Brisbane – Brisbane International Film Festival and Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival. General Manager for ten years in Exhibition/Distribution of quality art, foreign language cinema at Dendy. Maxine was Artistic Advisor and Manager of an internationally touring exhibition FRAME: How Asia Pacific Feminist Filmmakers and Artists are Addressing Inequalities which premiered in Brisbane during the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, then to Sydney during the Sydney Film Festival, Berlin as part of the NATIVe program during the Berlinale and Washington. She moderated many QandAs with the world’s most influential film practitioners and participated on many international juries across the globe including the Berlin Int. Film Festival and is a member of The Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers, the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, Asia Producer’s Network and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy. Maxine holds a degree in Film/TV Degree – graduating with Distinction. Maxine’s first feature film as producer, award-winning Indian feature documentary DEATH IN THE CITY world premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in October 2022 and will be available on SBS OnDemand from November this year. Maxine has four other feature films on her company’s slate SORRY STATE OF MIND PRODUCTIONS.