Liz Hughes

Liz Hughes

Director of Partnerships & Development

Liz Hughes was appointed as Director of Partnerships & Development in 2016.  In this role, Liz manages partnerships with government, industry, community and corporate bodies and oversees large-scale projects and AFTRS Open, the short course and engagement arm of AFTRS.

Previously as Director AFTRS Open, Liz led its transformation achieving exponential growth in customer numbers and revenue, and expansion into new markets.  AFTRS Open established new programs for the general public, primary and secondary schools, youth, regional communities, Indigenous storytellers, an augmented program for the media industries and customized training for Government and corporate clients. AFTRS Open currently runs over 300 short courses a year across Australia.

Liz has held leadership roles in the Arts, Cultural and Education sectors for over 20 years as a filmmaker, curator, and senior executive, working with a wide variety of stakeholders, running strategic initiatives and building partnerships.

Her films have screened at over 130 film festivals, won 21 international awards, and sold to a number of TV networks. Liz's films have been featured in key industry and academic publications alongside Roman Polanski’s and Jim Jarmusch’s. She has directed documentaries for the Indigenous media group CAAMA and episodes of the children’s TV series Short Cuts which received an Australian Film Institute award in 2002.

As Artistic Director and Executive Director of new media arts organisation Experimenta, Liz led its transformation and success between 2002 and 2009. She generated inspiring and accessible programming, expanded the organisation’s funding and client base, managed, curated, and toured a number of ambitious biennale exhibitions – including Playground, House of Tomorrow, and Vanishing Point –  and fostered local and international partnerships to cement Experimenta’s reputation as a leading digital media organisation. Experimenta became a respected thought leader nationally and internationally; it provided advice, consultancy, public talks and an education program for Museum and Gallery leaders nationally.


Executive MBA, University of Technology, 2015-2017

Asialink Leadership Program, 2013

Senior Leaders Program, Mt Eliza Executive Education, Melbourne Business School, 2008

BA (Film & Television) VCA Film and Television School, 1992

Professional History

1992-2002 Filmmaker and TV Director
2000-2000 Mentor Director, Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association
2001-2002 Lecturer, Australian National University
2002- 2009 Artistic Director/Executive Director, Experimenta Media Arts

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