Hannah Hilliard was awarded the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Franswa Sharl in 2010. The film also won Best Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival and the IF Media Award for most popular film at Flickerfest, 2010. In 2011, Hannah was invited to direct the Flickerfest ‘Star Wars’ promo featuring David Wenham.
Hannah is an AFTRS graduate whose first film Blame won several awards on the film festival circuit and was subsequently sold to SBS. She received a Young Filmmakers Fund grant towards her twenty minute drama Search. Search premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, screened at numerous international festivals including Cretreil Woman Director’s Festival, Paris and was bought by Showtime Australia and Movieola Canada.
Hannah has worked with some of Australia’s most exciting emerging acting talent including Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kid’s Are Alright) and Callan McAuliffe (Cloudstreet, I Am Number Four). Hannah shot several blocks of Neighbours, directing violin virtuoso, conductor and composer André Rieu in an episode. She is also a recipient of the Screen Australia Acclaim Fund and is developing two feature films.