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 is currently in pre production on a 10 part series for Facebook, I’m Fine, It’s Fine, funded by Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Stef created and co-wrote the series, which she will also co-produce and direct. Stef wrote and directed the short film, Weather Girl, which was named as one of the Top 5 films in the Australia wide Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge. In 2020, Stef was 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 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.
Stef is a recipient of the 2021 Australian Director Guild Award for Best Commercial Content, the 2018 Australian Director’s Guild Commercial and Content Mentorship program and is currently represented commercially by Photplay. She 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.