Tamar Simons is Education & Programs Manager at the Jewish Museum Australia. Previously, she was Festival and Distribution Manager of the Jewish International Film Festival. She joined the team at JIFF in 2012 when the festival was given a revamp and rebrand, and was instrumental in the programming, strategic planning, branding, audience development and financial growth of the festival over the following six years. Her role included sourcing films, curating lively panel discussions and events, working with partners to attract new audiences to the festival and ensuring all aspects of the festival run smoothly. Tamar has previously worked in the Australian film and television industry at SBS Independent, Film Australia, Screen Australia and within the independent production sector. She has a wealth of experience in the arts and cultural sector, fostering partnerships and building links between community and industry. Tamar became motivated to direct her energy to climate action after participating in an “EnviroChamps” course with the City of Port Phillip, where she learned about the “climate emergency” and the need to take action beyond the personal sphere of lifestyle and behavioural changes.