Featured Graduates


Some recent graduate stories include:

Graduate Maya Newell is a director and producer, known for the acclaimed and controversial documentary Gayby Baby about the experiences and perspectives of children growing up in same-sex families (2015). Mya raised $100,000, via Pozible to direct the project. In 2011 Maya was the winner of the Adelaide Film Festival’s ‘Outstanding New Documentary Talent’.

Caroline Ingvarsson's short film Beneath the Spaceship has just had it's World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and will have it's second public screening at the BFI London Film Festival. Caroline also worked as Production Coordinator and Casting Director on Hail, a debut feature by Amiel Courtin-Wilson, which screened at the Sydney Film Festival and at the Venice Film Festival. 

Epiphany Morgan won ‘Best Direction in a Student Film’ at the esteemed 2012 Australian Directors Guild Awards for her documentary The Room produced at SFS in 2010. The documentary was given an educational release through V.E.A. (Video Education Australia)

Gracie Otto's debut feature documentary The Last Impresario about British producer and playboy Michael 'Chalky' White had its world premiere at the 2013 London Film Festival and received glowing reviews from Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

Her five short films - Seamstress, La Meme Nuit, Tango Trois, Broken Beat and Kill Blondes - have screened successfully internationally.

David Sprungli is currently employed as an Assistant Editor to Roland Gallois (Sherpa, Samson & Delilah, The Hunter, Accidents Happen).

Indian feature documentary Powerless shot by our 2008 graduate Amith Surendran premiered at the 2013 Berlinale Film Festival. The documentary received a grant from Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund.

Ana Jimenez has worked as Producer’s and Director’s Assistant on the Screen Australia/Screen NSW funded Australian film production The Rocket, winner of the 2013 Berlinale Film Festival Best First Feature Award and 2013 Tribeca Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Award. She still works for Red Lamp Films, the production company behind The Rocket.

Joaquin Loyzaga is working at Weta Workshop, a special effects and prop company based in New Zealand, producing effects for television and films such as Peter Jackson’s trilogy The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit;

Livia Rubiolini is a freelance Production Designer working on productions such as Devil's Dust (ABC mini-series) and Underbelly (Channel 9);

Charlie Mortimer worked as Production Assistant on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

Adrian Cordero worked as Production Assistant on The Mothers, a feature film shot in Australia featuring Robin Wright and Naomi Watts.

Thomaz Labanca worked in the camera department of The Wolverine, Unbroken and The Little Death.

Lee Launay is a Production Designer and Art Director working throughout the United States. He has designed, and art directed feature films, Jack Goes Home and The 7th Secret, has been a series production designer for the Disney Channel and SBS, designed music videos for; Jessica Mauboy, Timomatic, Redfoo and Miley Cyrus, as well as doing on-set props on James Mangold's The Wolverine and John Duigan's Careless Love.

Zachary Peel-McGregor worked as Camera Assistant on The Wolverine and The Great Gatsby.

Oscar Molinari worked in the Art Department of Roy Anderson’s (Berlin and Cannes Film Festival winning Swedish director's) new feature film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Shot in Sweden).

Katharine Thornton is Distribution Manager at Sharmill Films, one of Australia’s leading film distributors.

Karen Crespo is working as an Editor at Shine Australia Postproduction, the producer of MasterChef, The Voice etc.

Niclas Tornblom worked as 2nd Camera Assistant on David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (shot in Sweden).

Jan van Roey is working at Bunya Productions with David Jowsey, Ivan Sen’s (Toomelah, Beneath Clouds) producer.

Oliver Farkas worked as a Colour Pipeline Supervisor on the animated feature Happy Feet 2 (Dir. George Miller).

Tiffany Parker was named Best Emerging Talent at the 13th annual imagiNATIVE Film and Media Arts festival in Toronto, Canada.

Nick Danger was internationally awarded for his feature film Sick, which won Best Comedy Feature and Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 American Independent Filmmaker Showcase in LA.

Since graduating SFS in 2005, Kate Hickey (now based in LA) assisted acclaimed American editor Dylan Tichenor A.C.E., who edited films such as There Will be Blood, Brokeback Mountain and The Royal Tenenbaums. In 2010 she worked on The Town (Dir. Ben Affleck);

Nathan Lewis’ short film Attach Boat to Motor was selected for the official competition of the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Film Festival 2012. He also received a special mention for ‘Emerging Australian Film Maker' at the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF);

Feature documentary This is Roller Derby by Daniel Hayward was distributed by Titan View and screened across Australia in October 2012

In 2011 Benjamin Zadig won two Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Awards

Marta Maia’s short animation Camera Obscura screened at more than 20 festivals worldwide including the Academy Award accredited Cinanima International Animation Film Festival in Portugal and Atlanta Film Festival in the US. The film was also awarded ‘Best Australian Animation’ and ‘Best Composer’ award at the 2012 World of Women WOW Film Festival

After screening in the international short film competition of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and another 27 festivals worldwide, in 2012 Brian Lye’s short film Love Birds screened on SBS On Demand.