GWF New Chair Michael Stangel

Michael Stangel announced new chair of Geelong Waterfront Film

Media Release. It's an exciting time for film in Geelong as Michael Stangel is appointed as chair of the board of directors.

Media Release 


Geelong Waterfront Film.  

Michael Stangel announced new chair of Geelong Waterfront Film.

New chair brings deep understanding of arts and culture.

It’s an exciting time for film in Geelong as Geelong Waterfront Film continues to pave the way for a viable film industry in the region.

Geelong Waterfront Film announced today the appointment of Michael Stangel as chair to the board of directors.

Newly appointed GWF Chair Michael Stangel
Newly appointed chair Michael Stangel

Outgoing chair, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr Martin Ching will continue on the Board as Deputy Chair. 

“Having been a regular visitor to the South by Southwest Film and TV festival in Austin Texas representing the artists, Michael will offer the group further insight into the world of film and connections to industry experts,” Dr Ching said.

An Australian record producer, singer, and songwriter, Stangel became a household name when he was a finalist in The Voice Australia, 2013. Stangel is well known in the entertainment scene playing nationally.

He also has a production management company and has represented artists including Taylor Henderson, Justice Crew, Nathaniel, and Merrill Bainbridge.

Involved in creative development of concepts for film and TV, Stangel has worked on films including Ned Kelly, Cracker Jack, Can’t Stop the Murders, TV Series Fat Pizza, and Logie Award winning Australian comedy series Housos.

With a strong interest in film production, he is keen on supporting emerging artists, putting the spotlight on the talent that already exists in the region, and to see Geelong thrive as an international film destination.

“I look forward to contributing to the role with passion and dedication. Geelong is already a highly creative and artistic city and is undergoing a transformation which can be complemented by a film culture. I see so much potential.”

With a rapidly growing number of Geelong Waterfront Film members, and the support of a range of organisations and individuals as a first step we look forward to further developing the database of those involved or wish to be involved in the industry. “

Respected Geelong  lawyer, Andrew Senia also joins the Board of Directors.  This brings the number of board members to nine.

About Geelong Waterfront Film

Geelong Waterfront Film was created to foster Geelong’s film industry by promoting Geelong and surrounds as an unequalled filming destination.

Aiming to increase filming in the region, Geelong Waterfront Film assists film and content creators by providing a current database of industry participants, funding assistance via grants through the Geelong Waterfront Film Foundation, hosting industry networking events, promotional opportunities, and professional development.

The ultimate plan is to hold a major International Film Festival along Geelong’s stunning Waterfront – a festival to rival Cannes.

Michael Stangel is available for comment.

Media Contact:

Belinda Lyle

Executive Director. Geelong Waterfront Film.


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