Nashen Moodley started as Festival Director of Sydney Film Festival in January 2012 after stepping down from his role as Manager/Head of Programming of the Durban International Film Festival, South Africa’s longest-running film festival, a position he held since 2001. During his eight years at the helm, Sydney Film Festival has grown vastly. 2019, the event’s 66th year, marked the highest ever attendance at the festival, with final figures exceeding 188 000.
As a highly respected international film programmer, Nashen has worked as an Industry Consultant at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and as an Expert at the Berlinale Talent Campus. From 2005 to 2017, he held the positions of Director of Asia and Africa Programmes and Director of Cinema of the World for the Dubai International Film Festival.
He has been a jury member at various film festivals worldwide, including the San Sebastian, Busan, Toronto, Rotterdam, El Gouna, Durban and Tokyo film festivals.