Anya Beyersdorf – Writer/Director
Anya Beyersdorf is an actress turned writer/director. As an emerging screenwriter, she was an Academy Nicholl Fellowships semi-finalist (2016) with her original feature SERPENTINE, has been shortlisted twice for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab (2016, 2017) and won an Australian Writer’s Guild (AWGIE) Award for her writing (2014). She was selected by the Weinstein Company and won the highly competitive inaugural Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship to write and direct a short film which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2017.
Currently working with producer Jan Chapman and Blue Tongue Film’s Nash Edgerton and Sean Kruck on an as-yet-untitled feature film project which has just been funded for development by Screen NSW and also as part of Screen Australia’s Hot Shots program. The short film attached to the feature – BONDI 1HR FOTO – will go in to production late 2018 with Sean Kruck directing.
Anya is also writing several episodes on the Screen Australia supported sci-fi web series CHANGED WORLD for producer Ben Howling (Cargo – Netflix) and director Dan Cooper.
Her feature film screenplay SERPENTINE (Nicholl Semi-finalist 2016) has been optioned by producer Cybill Lui and is in development in the US. Other films she has written have screened In Competition at Sydney Film Festival, Flickerfest, Palm Springs International Shorts Fest, Rhode Island Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and the Tropfest shortlist.
Anya has a Master of Film (majoring in screenwriting) from the University of Sydney and is a founding member and director of Gifthorse Collective – a Sydney filmmaker collective dedicated to creating and producing unique and unusual screen stories.