Alumni Continued

2014 ACCELERATOR EXPRESS DIRECTORS - selected by Screen Australia’s Hot Shots Program


ALEX MURAWSKI An Australian Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS) directing graduate, Murawski received 2010’s Myer Scholarship for Exceptional Talent. His short film KISS screened at Berlinale and other film festivals. He was director attachment on Oscar-nominee Bruce Beresford's Emmy-nominated production of Bonnie & Clyde, completed a development internship with New York’s Killer Films and completed Screen Australia Hot Shot-funded short ARI (TIFF Kids 2016).


ANDREW KAVANAGH Melbourne-based Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) graduate Kavanagh’s short film AT THE FORMAL won MIFF 2011’s Emerging Australian Filmmaker Prize and Gijon 2011’s Best Short Film award. MEN OF THE EARTH screened at festivals including Clermont Ferrand, Rotterdam and AFI Fest, winning prizes such as Bordeaux’s Grand Prix. As the winner of the Qantas Spirit Of Youth Award for Film & Video, in 2013, Andrew had a one-year mentorship with Hollywood director Robert Luketic. Kavanagh was Story Developer and Documentary Director at VICE AU/NZ and is represented by the Mosaic Media Group in Hollywood CA.


BEC PENISTON-BIRD Peniston-Bird’s Screen Australia’s Hot Shots-funded short GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART was an Official Selection at the 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival and screened at 2015’s Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals. Her previous short, SUMMER SUIT, screened in competition at the 63rd Berlinale and then competed in more than 20 film festivals including MIFF Accelerator 2013 and was awarded Best Film at Sydney’s Mardi Gras Film Festival and screened on ABC-TV. Her documentaries include NICK CAVE: ABUSING THE MUSE (MIFF 2008) and KEITH HARING UNCOVERED for ABC-TV. She undertook a Director’s Attachment on the Spierig Brothers’ thriller WINCHESTER. 


BILLIE PLEFFER A VCA directing graduate, Pleffer’s graduate short BINO premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, winning Best Film by the International Jury and Special Mention by the Children’s Jury. Her subsequent short BABY BABY won Best Short Film at 2014’s AWGIEs and Best Cinematography at St Kilda. In 2017, Pleffer wrote and directed a multiplatform series for EVERYCLOUD. She undertook a Screen Australia-funded Director’s Attachment with Glendyn Ivin on THE BEAUTIFUL LIE


CORRIE CHEN Taiwan-born Chen’s 2010 VCA Masters film WONDER BOY played on the festival circuit including Munich, San Francisco, Flickerfest, and won some awards. In 2011 she was a recipient of Screen Australia's Raw Nerve short film fund, writing and directing the short BRUCE LEE PLAYED BADMINTON TOO. Her directing work includes ABC2 half-hour documentary SUICIDE AND ME (ADG Best Documentary-winner) and Screen Australia Completion Fund recipient BLOOMERS. 2015 included a Screen Australia director's attachment to AACTA-award winning Shawn Seet on the Peter Allen miniseries. Her short REG MAKES CONTACT premiered at MIFF 2015. She has also directed MUSTANGS FC for Matchbox Pictures and is signed to direct SBS-TV comedy series HOMECOMING QUEENS.

RODD RATHJEN Rathjen completed a 2010 VCA Bachelor of Film & TV.  Rathjen’s Honours short THE STRANGER screened at several festivals including MIFF 2011.TAU SERU world premiered at 2013’s Cannes Critics Week and won MIFF 2013 Best Australian Short. He finished SWEAT, a short made through Screen Australia's Hot Shots program.



Accelerator Classic – participants with short films at MIFF 2013


AIDEE WALKER (Friday Tigers) A graduate of Auckland’s UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts, Walker acted in New Zealand TV series OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE. After returning to NZ from years abroad, she wrote and performed her own work and transitioned to writing and directing film. Her first short, The F.E.U.C., screened at NZ’s Show Me Shorts Festival and the Palm Springs International Shortsfest, and her second short was the NZ Film Commission Fresh Shorts-funded Friday Tigers. She had acting roles on NZ TV series Sunny Skies and film HOW TO MEET GIRLS FROM A DISTANCE. Her third short film is BREAK IN THE WEATHER.


CATHERINE BISLEY (Wide Eyed) An Antipodean mix of Maori, Danish, and Scottish descent, Bisley gained an English Literature honours degree before defecting to film. She has written arts journalism and for radio and stage and completed a 2012 internship at New York’s Killer Films. She is up to her fourth short film - Untitled Groping Revenge Fairytale.


COLIN HODSON (Maul) Hodson's first two films were the micro-budget improvised features SHIFTER (2000) and .OFF. (AKA .ON.)  (2002/2006). His feature script LIFE ON THE ISLAND won the David Carson Parker Embassy Trust Prize and he attended the Binger Filmlab in 2005/6.


JAMES VAUGHAN (You Like It, I Love It) Vaughan’s 2013 short film You Like It, I Love It was selected for competition at the Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand and Melbourne film festivals. At MIFF 2013, he won the Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award. In 2014 he completed feature documentary Several Occupations with co-director Isaac Wall. Vaughan completed Screen Australia's Talent Escalator program and is the current curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Contemporary Film series.


JORDAN PROSSER (Hungry Man) A VCA graduate, Prosser’s HUNGRY MAN won the VCA Awards for Screenplay and Production and screened at more than a dozen local and international festivals. His 2016 short film, TANGLEWOOD, was a recipient of Screen Australia’s Hot Shots completion funding.


MARGARET HARVEY (The Hunter) An actor by trade, Harvey crossed-over to creating and directing for theatre and film. She continues to collaborate with her brother John Harvey on film and theatre projects through Brown Cab and worked on a live performance project with the Saibai people in the Torres Straits.


MAT GOVONI (The Misfortune of Others) An Australian Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS) graduate, Govoni worked as a cinematographer and compositor before moving into direction in 2009. His work has screened at festivals including MIFF, Los Angeles Comedy Short Film Festival and Berlin interfilm. His music video for Australian artist David Bridie received acclaim culminating in a Nevada International Film Festival Platinum Reel Award. Govoni’s 2014 short documentary on transgender youth, IN MY SHOES (co-directed with Monique Schafter), screened in Australian Parliament, TED and on ABC2 and in the Human Rights and Arts film festivals.  


MATTHEW MOORE (The Amber Amulet) Moore made his debut as writer, director and producer with the short film JULIAN, which won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the 62nd Berlinale and then won many awards competing in more than 20 international film festivals culminating in The AACTA Award for Best Short Fiction Film. MIFF 2013's THE AMBER AMULET world premiered at the 63rd Berlinale, where it too won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film. Other awards include The Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film, The Audience Award at St Kilda Short Film Festival, The Audience Choice Award at TIFF Kids and The Oscar Qualifying Grand Prix for Best Short Film from The Heartland Film Festival. Matthew is signed with Jungle for TVCs.


BEC PENISTON-BIRD (Summer Suit) See 2014.


ROMAINE MORETON (The Oysterman) A Geonpul Jagera and Bundjalung woman, Moreton is a transmedia artist and poet who works in film, theatre, digital media, performance and poetry. Her ‘Poems from a Homeland’ was one of 100 notebooks published as part of dOCUMENTA (13), held in 2012 at Kassel, Germany. Her first two scripted films, REDREEMING THE DARK and CHERISH, were selected for the fringe program of the Cannes Film Festival. A third film, A WALK WITH WORDS, based on Moreton’s poetry and experience, won the award for Best International Short Film at 2000’s World of Women Film Festival. She is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle’s Umulliko Education Research Centre, interrogating western media-making systems from within an Indigenous worldview. She wrote and directed the award winning The Farm (2009), screened on ABC-TV in the “New Blak” series, and The Oysterman (2014).

Old Mate) Since completing a Fine Arts Degree in Film & TV at Queensland University of Technology, Dixon worked on short films and music videos in various roles that have been shown in many film festivals. He completed a Masters in Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014.


SOPHIE HAYWARD (The Zoo) Hayward studied Creative Arts at La Trobe University, Writing and Art History at the UK’s University of East Anglia and a BA in Film and TV (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has directed theatre, music videos and short films, which won her a scholarship and awards. Since her graduate film The Zoo played at MIFF 2013’s Accelerator strand, she has worked as an art director and completed short film The Cosmonaut. 


TENIKA SMITH (Thanks for the Ride) Smith studied filmmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts where her graduating film Thanks for the Ride received the Panavision Award for Outstanding Script and premiered at MIFF. In 2015, she worked across 17 countries in Europe and Asia directing a global ad campaign and she has since completed her short film Rum & Raisin.


TYMON LANGFORD (Thylacine) Langford was awarded the 2004 Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwrights’ Award and has a Bachelor of Media and Communications from the University of Sydney (majoring in Film Studies and Art History). He has also studied at the Australian Film TV & Radio School and the Victorian College of the Arts for a Masters in Film and TV (Narrative). Since THYLACINE played at 2013’s MIFF Accelerator, he has completed two more short films, EAST OF ZERO and FINDER. 

2013 ACCELERATOR EXPRESS -Selected by Screen Australia Springboard


CHISTOPHER WEEKES An actor, writer and director who trained with the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Weekes made his feature debut when he wrote, directed and starred in Bitter & Twisted, which had its US premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. His 2009 script The Muppet Man, about the life of Jim Henson, is setup at Disney. He has also been an actor on TV series PUBERTY BLUES.

 Johnson, from the Dunghutti people of NSW, started her writer/director career with the 1996 short film Two Bob Mermaid and continued mainly in documentaries from International EMMY Award-nominated STOLEN GENERATIONS to STRANGER IN MY SKIN and the “making-of” Phillip Noyce’s RABBIT-PROOF FENCE and GULPILIL-ONE RED BLOOD. Ten years later, Johnson made her second short, CROCODILE DREAMING, and RIVER OF NO RETURN (MIFF 2008). She has produced documentaries for ABC-TV’s “Message Stick” series and her next documentary was THE REDFERN STORY. In 2016, her award-winning short film BLUEY was produced via the Screen Australia’s Springboard Initiative and won Best Director (short film) at the Australian Directors Guild Awards.


HANNAH MOON Melbourne-based Moon’s Screen Australia Springboard-funded short Dario premiered at MIFF 2014 and had international screenings including Palm Springs Shortfest and Arizona International, where it won Best Global Comedy Short. She is a member of Boomgate Films, which also launched Screen Australia-supported web-series Altruman. Launched on ABC iView in 2014, it won at LA’s Independent Series Awards. Her other short films include Hamish, a docu-drama about autism, which screened locally and internationally, and Screen-Australia funded Raw Nerve film Bored Girls.


SAM MCKEITH McKeith’s short films, including RAIN (2011), CONVENIENCE (2012) and A FAREWELL PARTY (2014), played at film festivals including Berlin, Telluride and Busan. A graduate of the Australian Film TV and Radio School, McKeith also has a Bachelor of Laws and Arts from The University of Sydney.


TOM MCKEITH McKeith’s short films have played at film festivals including Berlin, Telluride and Busan. In 2011, he received production funding through Screen NSW’s Emerging Film-Makers’ Fund and in 2012 his feature screenplay Boxer was selected for Screen NSW’s Aurora script development workshop and is now part of Screen Australia's Springboard development program. McKeith, who has a Graduate Diploma in Screen Directing from the Australian Film TV & Radio School, has a Bachelor of Laws & Arts from Sydney University majoring in English. 




Accelerator Classic – participants with short films at MIFF 2012


TREVOR ANDERSON (The Man That Got Away): Anderson’s award-winning shorts have screened at festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and SxSW. His films include THE LITTLE DEPUTY (2015), THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY (2012), and THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE (2010). Anderson studied under master filmmaker Werner Herzog at his Rogue Film School and has also worked as a stage director, playwright and co-founder of Canadian rock’n’roll band The Wet Secrets.


JAMES ARMSTRONG (The Man Who Could Not Dream): Armstrong has worked professionally in Australia’s screen industry on drama, comedy, animation and documentary. In 2000, James formed Gozer Studio, a boutique creative studio undertaking a range of projects across multiple disciplines.


RAPHAEL ELISHA (Catch Perfect): After winning 2008’s Cannes Lions Young Director Award, Elisha directed nationwide advertising campaigns, plus three shorts which have travelled the international circuit, and a 13-part series for ABC-TV. He is signed to Melbourne’s Airbag Productions and has made the short ALBERT (2015).


RUDOLF FITZGERALD-LEONARD (Kin): Melbourne-born Fitzgerald-Leonard graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2011, winning the Film Victoria Award for Best Film (Undergraduate & Honours) for the Cannes 2012-screened KIN which won him MIFF’s Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award. His next short, produced in association with Screen Australia, is 2015’s CORAL. He continues to direct both dramatic fiction and commercial fashion films in London and Berlin, where he is currently based.


MIRRAH FOULKES (Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke): As an actor, Foulkes has appeared in feature films including ANIMAL KINDGOM and SLEEPING BEAUTY. She was nominated for an AACTA Award for her role in THE TURNING and a Logie Award for her role in Seven Network’s ALL SAINTS and appeared in Jane Campion's TOP OF THE LAKE and Brendan Cowell's THE OUTLAW MICHAEL HOWE. Her directorial debut DUMPTY GOES TO THE BIG SMOKE won the Rouben Mamoulian award at Sydney 2012 and Best director award at Flickerfest 2013. Her second short, FLORENCE HAS LEFT THE BUILDING, starred Jacki Weaver.


PHOEBE HARTLEY (Switch): Hartley made her directing debut in 2006 with her award-nominated short THE KING. She is the creator and director of online documentary series EXTRAORDINARY and her documentary HOME was a finalist in 2013’s Focus Forward global competition, as was her documentary, SPECTACLE, at 2013’s International Documentary Challenge. Hartley completed directing internships on Network Ten’s NEIGHBOURS and OFFSPRING. SWITCH was selected for Screen Australia’s 2011 Raw Nerve initiative and screened in festivals in Sao Paulo, Berlin and Vietnam.


ANNA HELME (Continental Drift): A Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) honours Film & TV graduate, Helme’s shorts include CONTINENTAL DRIFT (MIFF 2012, SBS-TV 2014, Emerging Filmmaker Award Mardi Gras Film Festival 2013) and MYMY (Frameline San Francisco 2014, Outfest Los Angeles 2014, BFI Flare London 2015). She has performed and exhibited audiovisual art internationally including installations for NIGHTCRAFT at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art 2014 and MIX NYC 2015. She co-directed and co-produced documentaries about indigenous cultural connection to water (CULTURAL FLOWS, NITV 2014-16) and body acceptance (AQUAPORKO!, Frameline 2013).


SAM KELLY (Lambs): Kelly made several short films and won several prizes, including LAMBS (Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand). He won Best Film for three consecutive years at Wellington's 48HOURS filmmaking competition, as well as New Zealand Young Filmmaker of the Year. Kelly has a Masters in Screenwriting from Victoria University.


JOE LONIE (Honk If You’re Horny): Lonie came to film through music; directing numerous videos for his own band Supergroove as well as the likes of The Finn Brothers, Bic Runga, Shihad, Goodshirt and Brooke Fraser. He directed many TVCs for Flying Fish, including Grabber for Playstation, and Ducks for Goodman Fielder, which won a Cannes Gold Lion. HONK IF YOU’RE HORNY premiered at MIFF and screened at many other festivals, picking up multiple awards, including Best Short Script, Best Actor and Best Short Film at the NZ Film Awards, and Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film at Show Me Shorts. His next short film SHOUT AT THE GROUND was a semi–autobiographical piece based on his experiences in the formative stages of Supergroove.


MATTHEW J. SAVILLE (Hitch Hike): Born in South Africa to a Kiwi mother and South African father, Saville worked on the third season of TV show ALMIGHTY JOHNSON and his second short was DIVE.


MICHAEL SPICCIA (Yardbird): Having studied design at the Western Australian School of Art and Design, Spiccia worked for a year in London and then went into music videos splitting his time between Bazmark (where he worked alongside Baz Lurhman and Catherine Martin as a designer) and directing video clips for such bands such as Evermore, Jet, The Black Ryder, Grinspoon and Bob Evans. The Cannes 2012-selected YARDBIRD was his debut short.


NATHAN VERNON (The Land Between): Acting professionally from the age of 12, both of Vernon’s High School VCE films exhibited at NGV’s Top Arts Awards in 2007, which helped him secure a place at the Victorian College of the Arts. He graduated in 2010 with his film THE LAND BETWEEN.

YIANNI WARNOCK (Playpals): Warnock is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. His short PLAYPALS was a part of MIFF Accelerator 2012 and MAN ON EARTH premiered at MIFF 2013. His short HAPPY WITH BEAR premiered at SXSW in 2015 and his short HOMEBODIES world premiered at Clermont-Ferrand before screening at SxSW 2016.



2012 ACCELERATOR EXPRESS DIRECTORS - selected by Screen Australia's Springboard Program


MIRANDA NATION is a Melbourne-based filmmaker and actor who studied directing at the Australian Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS) and physical theatre at Jacques Lecoq, Paris. Her short films have screened and won awards at numerous festivals, including ELI THE INVINCIBLE (MIFF Accelerator 2011) which premiered at Edinburgh 2011 and won the Flickerfest 2012 SBS Award. Her short PERCEPTION (MIFF 2013) was developed through Screen Australia’s Springboard program and won the Sydney Film Festival 2013 Best Short Film Award and was selected for Clermont-Ferrand 2014. Nation is represented by HLA Management. Her MIFF Premiere Fund-supported feature debut UNDERTOW will world premiere at MIFF 2018.


LYNNE VINCENT McCARTHY: McCarthy is a writer, director, script editor and assessor who has worked in the Australian film industry since graduating with an AFTRS Screenwriting MA in 2000 and currently works as a writer and story developer. From 2007-10, she was Screen Tasmania Development Executive before being selected to attend Amsterdam’s Binger Writers Lab and 2013’s Berlinale Co-Pro Market with the feature film project LONELY GIRL.



NICK VERSO’s short films include HOLLOW BONES, HUGO, FLIGHT (a Tropfest finalist) and THE LAST TIME I SAW RICHARD, which screened at MIFF 2013 and won the AACTA Award For Best Short Film and City Of Melbourne Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. His TV directing work includes the Emmy award-winning series NOWHERE BOYS and the Nine Network’s SNAKE TALES. In 2016, he completed his feature debut BOYS IN THE TREES which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won Best Feature at the Austin Film Festival.


ANTONY WEBB: Since graduating from Curtin University in 2004, Webb worked as a writer director, producer, editor and cinematographer. He produced and directed several shorts including the short version of TINGLEWOOD, THE DINNER MEETING, HENRY & AARON’S PERFECTLY ADEQUATE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, THE FAN and CARMENTIS. He directed two episodes of Movie Extra’s Foxtel series HENRY & AARON’S 7 STEPS TO SUPERSTARDOM as well as several 'through the window' segments for PLAY SCHOOL. He won nine WA Screen Awards and 2009’s WA Young Filmmaker of the Year award, and two ACS awards. Through the Springboard process, Webb adapted and co-wrote the short BENEATH, based on his feature script for TINGLEWOOD. In 2014, he wrote and produced the award-winning web series ASHBECLEE. In 2015, he shadowed two directors on Warner Bros.TV series THE 100 in Vancouver. He directs commercials through production company Siamese and is managed by Fictional Entity in LA.




Selected by New Zealand Film Commission’s (NZFC) Escalator


ALAN DICKSON: The founder and owner of Australasian animation studio Yukfoo Ltd, Dickson has worked in New Zealand as a professional animator since 1999 and, before that, in the UK for six years. He has worked on feature films, music videos, more than 100 TV commercials and is the Director of NZ Film Commission’s Premiere Shorts animated short film PREFERABLY BLUE. He made an animated feature through NZFC's Escalator.


MAX CURRIE: Currie’s multi-award winning debut feature EVERYTHING WE LOVED premiered in competition at 2014’s Palm Springs and then competed in other festivals. The film scooped Best Director at VTXIFF 2015, Best Actress and Best Cinematography at 2014’s NZ Film & TV awards and Best Actor at the 2014 St-Tropez Antipodes Film Festival. For five years, Max wrote for prime-time serial drama SHORTLAND STREET, was a writer on both seasons of hit comedy drama STEP DAVE. Currie started his screen career writing and directing 80 episodes of the magazine format QUEER NATION over two years, with his work winning best factual series in the 2003 Qantas Media Awards.


CURTIS VOWELL: Vowell’s debut feature film, FANTAIL, premiered in 2013’s New Zealand International Film Festival and was named in the Dominion Post’s Top 10 Films of 2013. The film secured Level K as its international sales agent at 2013’s MIFF 37South Market: Breakthru Screenings before having its international premiere at 2014’s Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2014 and was selected for MIFF, receiving a People’s Choice award. Curtis’ recent work includes the short documentary, MANAWA ORA, the web series $1 RESERVE and a series of short films for Auckland Museum’s Taku Tāmaki exhibition.




Accelerator Classic – participants with short films at MIFF 2011


Alister Lockhart was born in Scotland and raised in Australia. He graduated in 1993 from a Bachelor of Graphic Design at the University of Newcastle. Lockhart has worked as a professional commercial illustrator and concept artist in press, advertising, custom sign art, children’s publishing, comics, traditional animation and TV. In between writing and illustrating for various independent Australian comics, he has written and directed short films and FMV for games such as Warlords Battlecry and Payload. He co-wrote and directed the CG animated short film NULLARBOR, which has won several of awards locally and internationally, including the 2012 AACTA Award for Best Animated Short Film.  


Andrew Kavanagh – see 2014.


Anthony Maras completed a Law Degree from Flinders University and later studied film production at the University of California. His first short film AZADI was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Short Film and screened at more than 30 festivals. He then wrote and directed the AFI Award-winning SPIKE UP. THE PALACE, an Australian-Cyprus co-production, won Best Short Fiction and Best Short Screenplay at 2011’s AACTAs, Best Australian Short at 2012’s Flickerfest, and earned him the Best Rising Talent award at 2011’s IF Awards. THE PALACE was also selected for 2011’s Telluride and 2012’s Santa Barbara Film Festivals. In 2017 he completed his debut feature HOTEL MUMBAI.


Daniel Koerner is a Creative Director of Sandpit– a company dedicated to exploring the collisions of technology and narrative participation. With Sandpit he has designed multiplatform extensions for feature films 52 TuesdaysThe Boy CastawaysNow You See Me and has directed an interactive audio tour experience I, Animal for Melbourne Zoo. He worked with Sandpit at Penguin Books Australia on an interactive storytelling project and at Windmill Theatre on the performance and feature film Girl Asleep. He has directed two short films, IF I DANCE WILL IT KEEP ME WARM? (2011) And YASUE (2010)


David Easteal studied law and literature at the University of Melbourne. His short film THE FATHER played at various international festivals, including London, Kiev, and Hamburg, Rio Film Festivals. His next short MONACO premiered at MIFF 2015 where Easteal received the Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker. MONACO went on to screen at several international festivals including New York and Chicago.


Jackie van Beek is a New Zealand actress, writer and director in theatre and film. Her short films have played in many festivals, including Berlin, London and Palm Springs, and won several awards in Australasia and are being used as educational resources in NZ, Australia, France, Denmark and the UK. She was named SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year in 2013 (NZ), won Best Supporting Actress at the 2014 NZ Film Awards for her role in TAIKA WAITITI and Jemaine Clement’s WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. She also won the WIFT International Shortcase prize in 2015. She is in post-production with her first feature, THE INLAND ROAD.


Jeremy Bliss was born to British-Australian parents, has lived and studied in Europe and the Middle East and has a background as a theatre and film actor. Shot in French and Hebrew, TOY SOLDIER was his first short film and it went to a number of festivals, including having a European premiere at Bilbao.


Kevan Funk produced, directed and wrote 2010’s short film, A Fine Young Man, which premiered at Toronto and won the Grand Jury Prix at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Alberta Spirit Award at the Calgary International Film Festival, and won Funk three 2011 Leo Awards (Best Short Film, Best Direction, Best Screenwriting). His 2012 short film, Saint Pierre premiered at the 50th New York Film Festival. His short film This Bleeding Heart was at Cannes 2013 as a part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short On Talent showcase. Funk’s short films, Destroyer and Yellowhead, both premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, latter earning a Special Jury Mention. Yellowhead was also named Best Short Film at the Calgary International Film Festival, as well as being named to Canada’s Top Ten for 2013. In 2016, Funk completed his debut feature Hello Destroyer.


Miranda Nation – see 2012.


Nathan Lewis, director of ATTACH BOAT TO MOTOR, graduated from Sydney Film School in 2008, and then worked on several short film projects and video clips. He won the Insight 51 International Film Festival in 2004 and 2006, was chosen for the Destination Film Festival in 2008, and received the audience choice, best cinematography and best sound design prizes for his film LIFE WASN’T MEANT TO BE EASY in the 2009 Sydney 24 hour Film Festival.


Nick Matthews is an AFI award-winning cinematographer who photographed the AFI (now AACTA) Best Short Films – SPIKE UP; THE KISS, and THE PALACE. He produced, edited and photographed Cannes-selected feature 2:37, before moving into directing. In 2011, Nick directed the SAFC funded short COLLISION, which premiered at MIFF and played at Oberhausen and Palm Springs International festivals. His debut feature as director and co-writer, ONE EYED GIRL, won 2014’s Austin Film festival jury prize and 2015’s Beverly Hills Film Audience Choice Best Feature award. He is managed by LA-based Principato Young and represented by London’s Independent Talent Group.


Rodd Rathjen – see 2014.


Sam Holst is a graduate of Melbourne’s RMIT where he wrote and directed the short SWING, which screened at various festivals including at Cannes Lions Festival. His NZ Film Commission-funded short MEATHEAD screened in Official Selection at Cannes 2011 and won the Berlinale Generation 2012 Crystal Bear for Best Short Film. In 2014, Holst was selected as one of six international filmmakers to attend the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence in Paris to write and develop his debut feature. 


Tammy Davis, director of EBONY SOCIETY, got his acting break in WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED. He since had roles in many screen productions including WHALE RIDER, FRACTURE and OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE and has worked with Jim Moriarty’s Te Rakau Drama Company on intensive drama workshops with at-risk youth, and with Hone Kouka as an Assistant Director on theatre productions. Davis’ writing-directing debut, EBONY SOCIETY screened at 2011’s Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. Also in 2011 he made his second short, the NZFC-funded SONNNY MY OLDER BROTHER and made two 90-minute dramas for the Maori TV station. Davis’ debut feature BORN TO DANCE (2015) was selected for both the Toronto and Berlin International film festivals, before going on to make over a million dollars at the New Zealand box office.



2011 ACCELERATOR EXPRESS DIRECTORS - Selected by Screen Australia's Springboard Program


Anna Broinowski. An award-winning director and writer who has been making films since 1995, her theatrically-screened feature documentaries include FORBIDDEN LIE$, HELL BENTO!! and HELEN’S WAR. Awards include three AFIs, the Rome Film Festival’s.Cult Prize, a Walkley Award, the Russian Film Critics’ prize, the Al Jazeera Golden Award, the 2008 NSW Premier’s Literary Award and Best Director at France’s Films Des Femmes. FORBIDDEN LIE$ is one of the top ten earning Australian documentaries ever and screened in North America, Middle East and Europe, and won the 2008 Writer’s Guild of America (East & West) Best Non-fiction Screenplay Award. In 2012, Broinowski shot MIFF Premiere Fund-supported AIM HIGH IN CREATION! - her feature (world premiere MIFF 2013) about the cinematic genius of Kim Jong Il - the development of which was inspired in part by the helpful sessions she attended at Accelerator 2011.


Ben Young directed blocks on TV series PRANK PATROL, also writing on TRAPPED and CASTAWAY. Other directing credits include eight short films that have screened internationally at more than 35 festivals and received multiple awards. His debut feature film HOUNDS OF LOVE world premiered at Venice Days 2017 before playing at Busan, South by SouthWest, Tribeca, Karlovy Vary and other festivals.


Luke Doolan has credits as a director, cinematographer, and editor, across music clips, TVCs, shorts, and features. His early days of feature film editing were spent assisting editor Jill Bilcock on MOULIN ROUGE. He shot and edited pre-visualisation on Baz Luhrman's shelved epic ALEXANDER and George Lucas' STAR WARS: EPISODE III. Doolan was a collaborator and editor for Nash Edgerton’s shorts including SPIDER, LUCKY and FUEL, for which he won Best Editing at The St. Kilda Film Festival. He won an AFI/AACTA award for best Editing on ANIMAL KINGDOM. MIRACLE FISH, which Doolan wrote and directed and which was produced by Drew Bailey, was nominated for Best Live Action Short at 2010’s Academy Awards. He was invited by Baz Luhrman to be second unit director on THE GREAT GATSBY, and was an additional editor on THE WOLVERINE.


Paul Oliver’s short FREEZE screened at Palm Springs, St Kilda, Brisbane and BBC Shorts. His 50-minuter LENNIE CAHILL SHOOTS THROUGH screened on SBS-TV and won AACTA Best Short Award, plus AWGIE and ATOM Awards. THE FIBROS AND THE SILVERTAILS, his one-hour ABC TV documentary, played at Sydney Film Festival and won an AWGIE. Oliver is a co-creator, writer and director of OLD SCHOOL, an eight-x-one-hour ABC-TV series starring Bryan Brown and Sam Neill.


Zak Hilditch studied film at Perth’s Curtin University, where he completed his honours degree in 2004. He won 2006’s WA Screen Awards Young Filmmaker of the Year. Hilditch’s debut low budget feature THE ACTRESS (2007) secured Australia/NZ DVD distribution. In 2010 he developed his feature film THESE FINAL HOURS through Screen Australia’s Springboard initiative and received funding for a short sci-fi drama called TRANSMISSION through the same scheme. TRANSMISSION was in competition at 2012’s Tribeca Film Festival, won four awards including best film and director at 2012’s St Kilda Film Festival and won best short screenplay at 2013’s AACTA awards. Hilditch’s first funded feature, the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported THESE FINAL HOURS won The Age Critics Award for best Australian feature at MIFF 2013 (where it world premiered and was picked up for local releasing by Roadshow) and was later selected to screen at Cannes 2013 Directors’ Fortnight.


2011 ACCELERATOR EXPRESS DIRECTORS Selected by South Australian Film Corporation’s (SAFC) FilmLab


Christopher Houghton trained as a photographer and dancer, running his own fine art studio while choreographing and performing works for theatre before turning to directing in 2001. An award-winning graduate of the Australian Film, TV & Radio School (AFTRS), he spent three years conducting video interviews of war veterans for the world’s largest video memorial, the Australian’s at War Film Archive. He also directed two sell-out seasons of Alan’s Ball’s FIVE WOMEN WEARNING THE SAME DRESS for Sydney’s Darlinghurst Theatre. His short films have screened at festivals including Palm Springs, Tribeca, London and Chicago. In 2007, he directed SWING, which won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at Adelaide and Best Film at St. Kilda. He made feature documentary SONS & MOTHERS with investment from Screen Australia and the SAFC in 2012 and then made his dramatic feature debut with TOUCH.


Dave Wade is a self-taught filmmaker who began his filmmaking journey making no-budget shorts with some of these films screening at the likes of Dungog, St Kilda, and Bondi. In 2010 he made CROPPED, his first truly-budgeted short, which screened at many festivals including Sydney and Chicago. His next film A TALE OF OBSESSION premiered in competition at Flickerfest and in 2012 he shot the short A TORTURED MIND. He has since written and directed WELCOME TO THE IRON KNOB (2013) screening at Adelaide and Sydney Film Festival as well as Canada’s Edmonton International Film Festival and Ireland’s Cork International Film Festival.


Hugh Sullivan is a writer and director whose debut feature film THE INFINITE MAN was picked-up by sales agent Shoreline at the 2013 37South Breakthru Screenings and then world premiered at 2014’s South by Southwest Film Festival, where it was voted Best Screenplay and Best First Feature in the SXSW Indiewire Critic Network poll. It then screened at many international film festivals (including Sitges, Edinburgh and Melbourne) and won Best First Feature Film at the 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival.


Matt Vesely completed a Flinders University Bachelor of Creative Arts in 2007. He made several low-budget shorts, including BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, STREET’S PRESS, and the Media Resource Centre (MRC) production A LOAD OF BUCKSHOT. The short THE THING ABOUT DOLPHINS was produced in 2010 as part of Vesely’s attendance at the SAFC’s FilmLab and premiered at 2011’s Adelaide Film Festival. He has since written episodes for WASTELANDER PANDA, and was Production Manager for Australian feature 52 TUESDAYS (Sundance Winner of Best Direction). His short, MY BEST FRIEND IS STUCK ON THE CEILING was produced by Closer Productions and premiered at Adelaide Film Festival 2015.


Ursula Dabrowsky went to film school in Montreal where she made several experimental shorts before moving to Adelaide. In 2005, Ursula wrote her first psychological horror screenplay, FAMILY DEMONS, and shot the ultra low budget film in 2006. In 2009, FAMILY DEMONS had its world premiere at Sydney’s A Night of Horror International Film Festival where she won Best Australian Director. The film has since screened at numerous film festivals and won Best Foreign Film and Best Actress at USA’s Fright Night International Film Festival. It was also nominated for Best Actress at the Eerie Horror Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2009 DigiSPAA Competition. Dabrowsky’s second instalment of her Demon Trilogy, INNER DEMON, is a supernatural horror film that obtained financing through the South Australian Film Corporation's FilmLab program.





Alethea Jones’s first feature, FUN MOM DINNER, starred Toni Collette and Molly Shannon and premiered at Sundance 2017. She directed episodes of Amazon Studios’ GORTIMER GIBBONS, a pilot for Amazon and commercials for Jungle including sketches for THE ELEGANT GENTLEMEN (ABC). In 2012, she directed Tropfest winner LEMONADE STAND and premiered her documentary TISSUE (ABC). Jones has had two shorts in MIFF: DAVE’S DEAD and WHEN THE WIND CHANGES.


Ariel Kleiman’s 2010 short DEEPER THAN YESTERDAY had its world premiere at Cannes Critics Week where it won the Discovery Award for a short film and Petit Rail d'Or. In the same year, it won the AFI award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film and 2011’s Sundance Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking. Kleiman returned to Sundance in 2015 with his first feature PARTISAN, winning a Special Jury Award for cinematography, and in 2016/17 directed several episodes of TOP OF THE LAKE.


Ashlee Page’s short THE KISS won 2010’s MIFF Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award, two AFI Awards, Best Short at Sydney and screenings at Busan, Clermont-Ferrand and Tribeca. Page directed a chapter of MIFF Premiere Fund-supported THE TURNING (MIFF 2013). She received a Sundance Institute Global Filmmaker Award in 2014, and the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship to assist with the development of her SAFC FilmLab-initiated feature film - ARCHIVE.


Asuka Sylvie’s award-winning graduate film PINION travelled to various festivals including the Hamptons, Odense and Shanghai. Her next short LAKE, made with the assistance of the NZFC, premiered at 2014’s Palm Springs International ShortFest and won the Ingmar Bergman award at the Uppsala International Short Film Festival.


Christopher Dudman directed TVCs and wrote and directed six-hour police series HARRY. His short CHOICE NIGHT screened at London, Valladolid and Tours Ecrans Geneva, where it won Best International Short, and in competition at 2011’s Clermont-Ferrand.  He since wrote and directed documentary THE DAY THAT CHANGED MY LIFE.


Eddie Martin’s short documentary JISOE (2005) won the Audience Award at the St Kilda Film Festival. His debut feature documentary LIONEL (MIFF 2008) was followed by ALL THIS MAYHEM (2014), which won Best Independent Film on iTunes UK and also won the Direction in a Documentary, Editing in a Documentary and Original Music Score prizes at 2015’s AACTA Awards. The MIFF Premiere Fund-supported HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS world premiered at MIFF 2017.


Edward Housden’s short MUSCLES premiered in Official Selection at Cannes 2010 and then screened at numerous festivals including South By Southwest, London, Chicago, Stockholm and more. He has been directing music videos and is represented for commercials by the UK’s Independent Films.


Hannah Hilliard was the inaugural recipient of Screen Australia’s Acclaim Fund, a grant supporting career development of filmmakers with shorts that have won specific awards at high profile festivals. Hillard was eligible based on her wins at Berlin and MIFF 2010. She is represented by global transmedia company as a TVC director.


Irina Goundortseva has credits on five short films, both live action and animation, which have screened at MIFF, Annecy, Hiroshima, Montreal, Palm Springs, Hawaii and more. She worked as Script Supervisor for short HAMMER OR CLAW, which premiered at St Kilda Film Festival 2015. Goundortseva works as a Script Supervisor and her credits include Upper Middle Bogan, Little Lunch, Open Slather, Hunters etc.


James Cunningham has made nine more short films since MIFF 2010. One is a zombie-romantic-comedy called ROTTING HILL, which has picked up several awards at various festivals. Another is 2012’s SHELVED, which went to SXSW among many other festivals. Cunningham completed work on animation short OVER THE MOON in 2013 and has since been teaching visual effects and directing films at Auckland’s Media Design School.


Kazik Radwanski’s short films screened at the Berlinale Shorts Competition for three consecutive years. His 2012 feature debut TOWER world premiered at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival and then screened at many festivals including Toronto, Viennale, New Directors/ New Films presented by MoMA and MIFF 2013. He has since written and directed CUTAWAY (2014) which screened at Locarno, Vancouver, Hamptoms, Chicago, Dallas film festivals as well as France’s Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.


Matthew Bate’s debut feature documentary SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE was selected in Competition at 2011’s Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema Documentary program) and for the 40th New Directors / New Films Festival at New York's Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. His short film THE MYSTERY OF FLYING KICKS won 2010’s MIFF Best Short Doc and Best Short Doc at New Zealand's Documentary Edge Festival 2011. His next feature documentary SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE premiered at Sundance's New Frontiers section and was selected for HotDocs and Rotterdam Film Festivals. 


Olivia Peniston-Bird completed her first feature documentary GRACEFUL GIRLS (MIFF 2015).


Sam Peacocke shot a Volkswagen TVC and an online music promo that picked-up a Gold Axis award. His 2010 MIFF Accelerator film MANUREWA won a Best Short Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival Generation 14plus section. In 2012, he directed music documentary SHIHAD: BEAUTIFUL MACHINE. He moved to Europe finding TVC representation with the UK’s Rokkit and France’s Irene.





Adrian Francis participated in Doc Station at the 2010 Berlinale Talent Campus and in 2011 was invited to the inaugural 5x5x5 workshop at Switzerland's Winterthur International Short Film Festival. His documentary shorts as writer/director include LESSONS FROM THE NIGHT and THE FOREST OF THINGS LEFT UNSAID, which have screened at festivals including Sundance, Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh, AFI Silverdocs, MIFF, Flickerfest & Visions du Reel, and won prizes including the Grand Prix at Montenegro’s International TV Festival.


Ainsley Gardiner produced Taika Waititi’s acclaimed short films and features and is a writer/director in her own right. She co-produced the feature film BOY, New Zealand’s highest grossing local film ever, which won the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix at Berlinale 2010. She produced 2014’s PA BOYS (which screened at the Hawaii Film Festival) and Executive Produced the Rotterdam-selected FANTAIL as well the Oscar-nominated short film TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT and produced TV series HAPPY HOUR.


Alexandra Schepisi’s second short LOIS (MIFF 2012), starring Jacki Weaver, shot in Australia and Greece. She acted in ABC-TV telemovie DEVIL’S DUST and MTC's theatre production of QUEEN LEAR and TV series HOUSE HUSBANDS as well as HBO series THE LEFTOVERS.


Corrie Chen – see 2014.


Corrie Jones – see 2015


Dena Curtis’ 2008 short HUSH won the audience award for Best Foreign Short Film at France’s Films de Femmes. Her third short film, JACOB (MIFF 2009), won Best Short Drama at 2009’s WOW Film Festival and the Gold Shorts Prize at 2009’s Adelaide Shorts Film Festival, while another short, JACOB, won an award at 2010’s Harlem International Film Festival. With a 2002 graduate diploma in TV editing from the Australian Film TV and Radio School, Curtis returned to the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association Productions [CAAMA] and worked there for several years and later worked as a producer for ABC-TV’s MESSAGE STICK. Her editing credits include Rosalie’s Journey, Lore of Love (NIDF Series 6), Willaberta Jack and Cheeky Dog, a documentary she directed. She has since directed several TV works, such as 8MMM ABORIGINAL RADIO, SHADOW TRACKERS, and COLOUR THEORY UNDERGROUND. In 2016 she completed her next short film, NAN & A WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE, which debuted at Flickerfest and then screened internationally.


Dominic Allen won 2009’s MIFF Emerging Australian Filmmaker with his short film TWO MEN. He completed BACK OF HOUSE, a TV series about Australian artist Jeff Martin, and short films HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS and EARTH MOVES TOO. He directs with Melbourne’s Guilty.


Eddie White  worked as a writer on ABC-TV’s ITTY BITTY DITTIES and his short film UPSIDE DOWN FEELING screened at MIFF 2016.


Edwin McGill’s first short BOOTH STORY won Film Of The Festival at London’s Raindance Film Festival and Audience Favorite at Palm Springs. He has directed two shorts, LONE RIDER and IMPRINT and directs out of Melbourne’s Guilty.


Gaysorn Thavat was commissioned to write and direct an international campaign for MTV London.


Grant Major did production design on THE GREEN LANTERN and worked on several commercials and a segment of a 3D feature on Cirque du Soleil and worked designing major New Zealand feature film MR PIPas well as working on THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. He also worked on documentary BEYOND THE EDGE, which premiered at 2013’s Toronto International Film Festival,


Mads Matthiesen’s first feature TEDDY BEAR world premiered at Sundance 2012 where it won Best Director for a Foreign Film. His work includes HVOR IYSET KOMMER IND which screened at the CPH:PIX Film Festival, Denmark. He also co-wrote and directed THE MODEL.


Michael Latham works internationally as a cinematographer and producer. His projects include THE FACE OF UKRAINE: CASTING OSKANA BAIUL, which won Best Short Documentary at Sundance 2015 and UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL, which won 2015’s AACTA for Best Feature Length Documentary.


Nassiem Valamanesh’s DISTANT WORDS screened at MIFF 2012 and exhibited at Wollongong City Gallery, London’s Rose Issa Gallery and won 3rd place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Farhang Film Festival. His film SIDE BY SIDE screened at MIFF 2010, European Media Art Festival and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. He completed a collaborative video art project with his father titled CHAR SOO, which opened 2015’s Adelaide Film Festival and was exhibited at Sydney’s Carriageworks Arts Centre.





Aaron Wilson’s shorts - including AHMAD'S GARDEN, which premiered at MIFF 2008 - won numerous awards and travelled to 100+ film festivals worldwide. In 2013, his debut feature film CANOPY debuted at Toronto International Film Festival and played at Busan, Abu Dhabi (where it was awarded Special Jury Mention), Stockholm, Rotterdam, Taipei and New Horizons Poland. He is signed as a TVC director with Airbag.


Anthony Chen’s shorts were recognized at several film festivals including Ah Ma (Special Mention, 60th Cannes Film Festival) and Haze (Nominee, Golden Bear for Short Film, 58th Berlin Film Festival). He won Singapore’s National Arts Council 2009 Young Artist Award and completed a Film Directing MA at the UK’s National Film & TV in 2010. His debut feature film ILO ILO premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2013. He works between London and Singapore.


Callum Cooper completed his Master’s degree at London’s Royal College of Art. His short LITTLE BROTHER screened at Sundance 2011 and VICTORIA, GEORGE, EDWARD and THATCHER at Toronto 2010. His fine art commission was “the constant and the flux” for Toronto International Film Festival (2012) and short film MINE KAFON won a jury prize at the Focus Forward program presented at Sundance 2013.


Dustin Feneley is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Film School whose short films as writer and director (NIGHT, SNOW, HAWKER, ESKIMO KISS) won awards and screened at more than 100 festivals, including official selections at Cannes, London and Melbourne. His student film SNOW premiered at Cannes 2006’s Cinéfondation selection and in 2011 he was awarded the Filmmaker Grand Prix at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival for his work in short films. He completed his debut feature film STRAY in 2017.


Hugh Sullivan - see 2011.


Jason Stutter’s short film CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE won the Golden Spike Award for Best Short Film at the 53rd Valladolid International Film Festival 2008. He followed that up with CAREFUL WITH THAT POWER TOOL in 2009 and CAREFUL WITH THAT CROSSBOW in 2010. Since then, he has directed two shorts, PREDICAMENT and ROUNDS. He wrote and directed feature EDWIN: MY LIFE AS A KOONT, which was screened at Los Angeles Comedy Festival 2013. He has since written and directed horror/thriller THE DEAD ROOM.


Jeremy Cumpston’s 2011 short film THE LAST RACE screened at several film festivals, while as an actor he appeared in Jeremy Sims’ LAST CAB TO DARWIN.


John Alsop’s 15-minute short HE, SHE, IT., developed during his 2007 Asialink Manila residency and filmed the following year, has toured festivals in Australia and internationally.


John Evagora won Best Short Film at MIFF 2008 for 296 SMITH STREET, which also received the CRC Award at 2008’s Sydney Film Festival.


Jonathan auf der Heide won the MIFF 2008 Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award for his short HELL’S GATES that he later made into feature film VAN DIEMEN’S LAND (MIFF 2009). He since co-directed and produced web series COP HARD and directed a chapter of MIFF Premiere Fund-supported THE TURNING (MIFF 2013). Shortly after, he produced (alongside Kitty Green & Michael Latham) the AACTA Award winning feature documentary UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL that premiered at Venice International Film Festival. He edited Paul Cox's MIFF 2015 Opening Night Film FORCE OF DESTINY and was 2nd Unit Director on THE SECRET RIVER for the ABC.


Julius Avery won the Jury Prize at Cannes 2008 for his short JERRYCAN, which was also awarded Honourable Mention at Sundance 2009 and a Special Mention at that year’s Berlinale. In 2013, he shot his debut feature SON OF A GUN.


Katie Wolfe's second short REDEMPTION screened at Sundance 2011. She also directed a telemovie KAWA (based on Witi Ihimaera's book Nights In the Gardens In Spain) which premiered at the Hawaiian International Film Festival.


Leo Woodhead’s short ZERO, starring Emily Barclay, premiered at Berlin 2010. He has also been shooting commercials for boutique agency Thick As Thieves. His short COLD SNAP screened in Venice Film Festival 2013.


Michelle Savill was awarded the 2011 Script to Screen US Screenwriting Scholarship to spend three months interning at Killer Films in New York. Savill’s short film ELLEN IS LEAVING won the Narrative Shorts section at South By Southwest Film Festival 2013. Saville has been directing commercials for boutique agency Thick as Thieves.


Steph Green’s short NEW BOY was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 and received a Special Mention at 2008’s Berlinale. Green’s feature debut RUN & JUMP premiered in 2013.




Adam Arkapaw is a cinematographer who worked on Julius Avery’s short JERRYCAN, which won the Cannes 2008 Jury Award, David Michôd’s ANIMAL KINGDOM and Justin Kurzel’s SNOWTOWN. In 2013 he won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography on Jane Campion’s TOP OF THE LAKE. In 2014 Arkapaw won a second Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for his work on HBO’S TRUE DETECTIVE. In 2015 he worked on Justin Kurzel’s MACBETH, as well as MCFARLAND, USA and worked on the drama THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS. He also worked as Director of Photography for Kurzel’s ASSASSIN’S CREED and as cinematographer on Casey Affleck’s LIGHT OF MY LIFE.


Darlene Johnson – see 2013.


David Michôd’s debut feature ANIMAL KINGDOM won Sundance 2010’s International Competition Grand Jury Prize (Drama) and 10 AFI Awards, earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for supporting actress Jacki Weaver and was named Best First Film by New York’s Film Critics Circle. He also co-wrote (with director Spencer Susser) the feature film HESHER, which screened in Sundance 2010's US Competition. His documentary SOLO (co-directed with Jen Peedom) won Best Documentary Under One Hour at 2009’s Australian Film Institute Awards and 2010’s Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Short Documentary. Michôd co-wrote Nash Edgerton's short film BEAR, which played in Cannes 2011’s Official Competition, and produced (with Michael Cody) Mirrah Foulkes's short film DUMPY GOES TO THE BIG SMOKE (MIFF 2012). Michôd's second feature THE ROVER, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, premiered in Official Selection at Cannes 2014. He wrote (and served as Executive Producer) on 10 episodes of the US TV adaptation of ANIMAL KINGDOM and directed 2017 feature film WAR MACHINE, starring Brad Pitt.  


Grant Scicluna directed THE WILDING, a Screen Australia Springboard project, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was a Teddy Award finalist, and won the City of Melbourne Emerging Filmmaker Award at Melbourne Queer Film Festival for Best Australian Short in 2012. His short film NEON SKIN won the NFSA Orlando Award for Best Australian Queer Short and he also directed GOLDEN GIRL, a Film Victoria-funded adaptation of the Janette Turner Hospital short story. Scicluna directed his MIFF Premiere Fund-supported feature debut DOWNRIVER, which world-premiered at MIFF 2015 and was selected for the Toronto Film Festival ahead of an Australian and USA cinema release.


Kasimir Burgess films have won more than 25 awards, including 2011’s Berlinale Crystal Bear. His short THE MAN WHO COULD NOT DREAM featured the narration of Geoffrey Rush. Burgess completed his first feature film FELL in 2014.


Kole Onile-ere made a short film called BLAME to educate youngsters on the dangers of carrying knives.


Leon Ford completed his first feature film GRIFF THE INVISIBLE, which was released in 2011. He has focused on screen acting, most featuring on TV movie MABO and series OFFSPRING, PUBERTY BLUES, ANZAC GIRLS, DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND and GALLIPOLI as well as feature film RUBEN GUTHRIE.