James Hewison has worked for over two decades in the film in Australia and internationally, from development, acquisitions and distribution to curating, programming and exhibition he has accumulated considerable experience across the industry. 

From freelance writing for publications such as the French newspaper Liberation, to marketing roles at Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Palace Cinemas, the early years of James’ career were spent in journalism and film. These diverse experiences consolidated James’ knowledge of the media and film industries, enabling him to take on the role of Executive Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2001, where he remained for six years, before moving to the Australian Film Institute in 2006 as CEO. From 2007 to 2011, he was Theatrical Distribution Manager for Madman Entertainment. During his time at Madman, James managed the releases of multi-award winning Australian features such as Animal Kingdom and Snowtown.

James has consulted across development, acquisition, curation and distribution for a range of international clients, from Canal+ to Hobart’s iconic Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and was Head of Development and Acquisitions for the award-winning production company Curious, where he oversaw the acquisition and distribution for films including Oscar-winner Ida. Until recently he was Head of Film at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

In addition to James’ extensive experience in film distribution and marketing, he has worked in production, commencing as the Associate Producer on Clara Law’s Letters To Ali, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. He is currently the Executive Producer of Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s new feature film The Empyrean and collaborating with filmmakers LA-based Rick Charnoski, Amiel Courtin- Wilson and on the low budget US feature Warm Blood to be shot by Christopher Blauvelt.