Hannah Hilliard is a multi-award winning AFTRS graduate who has worked as a director in film, television, documentary and commercials. She has written and directed five short films that have been critically acclaimed internationally. Her Screen Australia funded short film, Franswa Sharl, won the prestigious Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the 60th Berlin Film Festival and Best Short Film at Melbourne International Film Festival, before going on to win several other major accolades. Her previous short films have also won awards and been sold to major broadcasters worldwide.
Hannah is known for her talent for discovering young actors having cast both Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kid’s Are Alright) and Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby, I Am Number Four) at the age of fourteen in their debut short film roles. Hannah has also directed Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Tarzan) in several episodes of Neighbours, and was invited to direct David Wenham as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Flickerfest ‘Star Wars’ trailer.
As a commercials director, Hannah has worked internationally with advertising agencies on high profile brands including Intel, Adidas and Dettol. Her two short documentaries shot in Indonesia for the Intel Visibly Smart campaign, Batik Fractal and Jogja Hip Hop Foundation, generated a lot of publicity worldwide. Hannah is particularly known for her natural story telling ability and her work with real people.
Hannah was the inaugural recipient of the Screen Australia Acclaim Fund and is currently developing two feature projects, Flores based on the true story of her Broome pearling family’s experience of war on a remote Indonesian island, and Golden People which has received development support from Screen Australia.