Stef Smith: Director/Writer
Stef Smith is a director and writer who has worked within television, film and commercial across many genres. Stef has directed narrative drama, comedy, sci-fi, mockumentary, factual, observational documentary and music video projects.
Stef has most recently wrapped as sole series director on an 11 x half hour episode original narrative ensemble series for Audible Originals Australia.
Stef was a recipient for Create NSW 2017 Generator: Emerging Filmmaker’s Fund for her award winning short film Joy Boy as Writer/Director. Winner of Best Australian Short Film at Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2019. Winner Best Director, Best Screenplay and Audience Choice award at Freshflix, Vivid Sydney 2019.
Stef directed and produced ABC iView sketch comedy series The Lost Tapes funded by ABC and Screen Australia, as part of their Fresh Blood initiative; and completed a Director’s Attachment for the ABC/Netflix series The Letdown for both Series One and Two.
Stef is a recipient of the 2018 Australian Director’s Guild Commercial and Content Mentorship program and is placed with Photoplay Films in Sydney where she has since been signed as their newest Director. Stef was selected by Create NSW to attend the MIFF Accelerator Director’s Lab 2018 alongside the most promising emerging directors from Australia and New Zealand.
Stef was funded by Create NSW again in 2018 as part of their initiative #SheDirects for her project Fish and was then shortlisted for Sundance New Voices Lab 2019 with the same project.
Commercially, Stef has directed multiple advertising campaigns including a feminist beer ad for Young Henrys, an observational documentary campaign series for National Disability Services, a mockumentary comedy series for Westpac, an inclusion and diversity campaign for Commonwealth Bank and Rio Tinto, and factual campaigns for Down Syndrome Australia and Family Planning Australia.
For the past three years Stef has tutored weekly at Bus Stop Films – the not-for-profit filmmaking school for young adults with an intellectual disability.
Director/Writer WAY OUT ASSISTANCE (short film) Bus Stop Films/Taste Creative
Director/Writer JOYBOY (short film) Broadcast SBS Viceland and SBS OnDemand
Generator: Emerging Filmmaker Fund Recipient 2017, Create NSW/SBS, UNKO Nominated: Best Short Film SPAA Awards 2018
Create NSW Screenability Film Fund Recipient 2017
Director’s Attachment; feature: PALM BEACH Directed by Rachel Ward
Producer (short film) URBAN TOILET Directed by Toby Morris
Director, Producer, Writer JOSH (short film)
Official selection WOW Film Festival 2014, Tropfest Shortlist 2013
Director’s Attachment THE LETDOWN, SERIES 2, ABC/Netflix
Director’s Attachment Television Series in development, Created and Directed by Cate Shortland
Director’s Attachment NO ACTIVITY (US series) Directed by Trent O’Donnell, CBS/Stan
Director; iView series: THE LOST TAPES, 3 x episodes Fresh Blood 2017, ABC/Screen Aus
Director’s Attachment; TV series: THE LETDOWN, SERIES 1, Directed by Trent O’Donnell ABC/Netflix
Director; RIO TINTO – INCLUDING YOU Taste Creative
Director, concept; commercial: YOUNG HENRY’S – LADY BEER LADY, UNKO
Director/Writer; commercial: FAMILY PLANNING AUSTRALIA BOWEL SCREENING, BREAST SCREENING AND CERVICAL SCREENING, Taste Creative
Director; DOWN SYNDROME AUSTRALIA, Taste Creative
Director/Writer; COMMONWEALTH BANK, Taste Creative
Director; WESTPAC, 3 x 2-3 minute mockumentary films, Taste Creative
Director; commercial: BUYABILITY, National Disability Services, 5 x 3 minute films and 1 x 30 sec advertisement, Taste Creative
Director; commercial: WOAH NELLIE BAKES, 1 x 15 sec Instagram advertisement
MUSIC VIDEO AND INSTALLATIONS
Director; music video: Bel Woods – Running
Director; music video Turn Away – Jesse Redwing
Director; experiential exhibition: Sounds of Space : Immersive audio/visual Space themed exhibition featuring a curated mixed-media group show and large scale immersive projection room featuring a video work directed by Stef at 107 Redfern, Sydney
Supported by City of Sydney.
Director/Producer/Editor; music video: BANFF x Caitlin Park, My Love, My Lover
Director; music video: Cover Me – Nicole Millar