geoff_gardnerGeoffrey Gardner is a former director of the Melbourne Film Festival and a long time enthusiast for the production and promotion of Australian film. He is the Founder and Chair of the Organising Committee of Cinema Reborn, an annual festival devoted to the presentation of restored cinema classics.

Geoffrey has been involved in film as a bit player actor, minor production assistant, independent distributor and art film exhibitor. He was Director of the Melbourne Film Festival from 1980 to 1982 and has served as an advisor to both the Sydney and Brisbane Film Festivals and the Asia-Pacific Screen Awards.

In recent years he has conducted a number of interviews commissioned for the National Film & Sound Archive’s Oral History Program. His interviewees include David Stratton, Philip Adams, Julie Rigg, John Duigan, Rod Bishop, Meg Clancy, Richard Payten, Bruce Spence, Alan Ramsey, Russell Barton, Barrie Cassidy and Heather Ewart. He edits the widely-read blog filmalert101.