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Matt Bird

Career Summary

Matt is a recent Film and Television Honours graduate student, specialising as a Thai-Australian writer/director and Editor. His most recent short film Gemstone Baby follows two sisters in a story of love and grief, working with his usual selection of talented crew, it is currently in its final stages of refinement before entering the festival circuit. Matt’s prior filmic achievements include short horror-drama film God of Sleep (2018), produced during his enrolment in the advanced diploma of screen production. Achieving accolades such as best original screenplay in Top Shorts, official selection Melbourne Underground Film Festival, Official Selection Elephant Film Festival (Rome), semi-finalist in Festigous Film Festival (L.A) Matt’s close friend and regular cinematographer Prince Kanishk Nediyedath was also nominated and successful in winning the Bronze award from the Australian Cinematographer’s Society (VIC & TAS) for student cinematography. With Gemstone Baby in its final stages of production Matt is excited for the film’s next steps in addition to commencing preproduction for his next project in 2020.

Professional Credits

Festivals, Awards, Nominations

  • 2018, Finalist - Connect Film Festival, United States, God of Sleep (2018)
  • 2018, Bronze Award for Best Student Cinematography (VIC and TAS), Australia, God of Sleep (2018)
  • 2018, Official Selection - Melbourne Underground, Australia, God of Sleep (2018)
  • 2018, Best Original Screenplay - Festigious Los Angels Film Festival, United States, God of Sleep (2018)
  • 2018, Official Selection - Rome Elephant Festival, Italy, God of Sleep (2018)
  • 2018, Semi Finalist - Top Shorts Festival, United States, God of Sleep (2018)

Education & Other Accreditation

  • 2018 - 2019, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, Honors Degree of Film & Television
  • 2016 - 2018, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, Diploma & Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media (Film & Television Stream)

Special and Technical Skills

- AVID Media Composer - Adobe Premiere Pro - Adobe After Effects - Adobe InDesign - DaVinci Resolve Studio - Director - 1st Assistant Director - 2nd Assistant Director - Camera Operator - 1st Assistant to Camera - 2nd Assistant to Camera - Gaffer/Best Boy

Direct URL

https://vicscreen.vic.gov.au/choose-victoria/industry-directory/20284/matt-bird