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 Filmmakers 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 Directors 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.

FILM 
2018  
Director/Writer WAY OUT ASSISTANCE (short filmBus 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    

2014 
Producer (short filmURBAN TOILET Directed by Toby Morris 

2013 
Director, Producer, Writer JOSH (short film)  
Official selection WOW Film Festival 2014, Tropfest Shortlist 2013  
 
TELEVISION 
2018 
Director’s Attachment THE LETDOWN, SERIES 2, ABC/Netflix  
Director’s Attachment Television Series in developmentCreated and Directed by Cate Shortland  
Director’s Attachment NO ACTIVITY (US series) Directed by Trent O’Donnell, CBS/Stan  

2017 
Director; iView series: THE LOST TAPES,  3 x episodes Fresh Blood 2017, ABC/Screen Aus  
Director’s Attachment; TV seriesTHE LETDOWN, SERIES 1, Directed by Trent O’Donnell ABC/Netflix  

COMMERCIALS 
2018 
Director; RIO TINTO  INCLUDING YOU  Taste Creative  
Director, concept; commercial: YOUNG HENRY’S – LADY BEER LADY, UNKO 
Director/Writer; commercialFAMILY PLANNING AUSTRALIA BOWEL SCREENING, BREAST SCREENING AND CERVICAL SCREENING, Taste Creative  
Director; DOWN SYNDROME AUSTRALIA, Taste Creative 

2017 
Director/Writer; COMMONWEALTH BANK, Taste Creative  
Director; WESTPAC, 3 x 2-3 minute mockumentary filmsTaste Creative  
Director; commercialBUYABILITY, National Disability Services 5 x 3 minute films and 1 x 30 sec advertisementTaste Creative  

2016 
Director; commercialWOAH NELLIE BAKES1 x 15 sec Instagram advertisement 

MUSIC VIDEO AND INSTALLATIONS 
2018 
Director; music videoBel Woods – Running  

2017 
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 

2016  
Director/Producer/Editor; music video: BANFF x Caitlin Park, My Love, My Lover  
Director; music video: Cover Me – Nicole Millar 

 

 

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