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The organisers of the upcoming 48-Hour Tasploitation Challenge have announced that the special international judge for 2016 is prolific producer Julie Corman.

Corman’s career spans projects from 1972’s Boxcar Bertha (the sophomore feature of Martin Scorsese) to 2014’s Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda for the Syfy Channel. Often working with her husband, the legendary producer Roger Corman, Julie Corman has been a driving force in genre filmmaking over the course of her long career.

Julie and Roger Corman are known for their highly successful low budget model, as well as for the nurturing the development of many filmmaking luminaries.

“Julie understands that filmmakers can thrive creatively in all genres, from exploitation to horror to art house. And that’s really what the Tasploitation Challenge is all about,” says organiser Briony Kidd. “It’s also designed to encourage filmmakers to go out and make something, instead of waiting around for the ideal circumstance or a big budget. That’s an ethos that’s apparent in everything the Cormans do, so we’re very excited to have Julie on board this year.”

Julie Corman co-founded New World Pictures and Concorde-New Horizons with her husband and in 1984 founded Trinity Pictures, via which she’s produced numerous family films. The Academy of Family Film and Television named her Producer of the Year for her achievements in 1996.

From 2000 to 2002, Corman served as Chair of the Graduate Film Department at New York University, during which time she executive produced a series of short films by NYU film students, Reflections from Ground Zero, based on the students’ 9/11 experiences.

Corman is also a member of Women in Film and the International Women’s Forum and in 2010 she received a career achievement award from Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.

This year’s Tasploitation Challenge takes place from 22 to 24 January. Filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers from around Australia are encouraged to participate, but must be in the Hobart geographical area on that weekend to take part. The films will debut at gala screening on Monday 25 January. The Tasploitation Challenge Jury on 25 consists of:

  • award-winning filmmaker and renowned “Ozploitation” aficionado Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood, Electric Boogaloo, Patrick)
  • award-winning genre filmmaker Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones, The Devil’s Candy), a Tasmanian who has recently released his second feature film to acclaim on the festival circuit
  • writer, publisher and international genre festival programmer Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women)
  • filmmaker Fiona McConaghy, whose recent credits include producing the webseries Noirhouse and as line producer on the upcoming Foxtel drama series The Kettering Incident
  • “Tasmanian Gothic” painter Elizabeth Barsham

These judges will attend the awards night in person on 25 January 2016 and will decide all awards except Grand Prize Winner, which will be chosen by special international judge Julie Corman from between the Jury Award Winner and the Audience Choice Winner.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $1000 in cash and their film will be screened at the Stranger With My Face International Film Festival in April 2016.

Registration for the Tasploitation Challenge is open from now until 10 January at


Registrations will be accepted from 12 noon on 13 December via
and will close on 10 January 2016.

6 pm Thursday, 7 January 2016
Grand Poobah, 142 Liverpool Street, Hobart

7 pm, Friday 22 January

7 pm on Sunday, 24 January 2016

25 January 2016