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Jessica is a Melbourne based Writer, Director & Producer. Her graduate film Morning Star premiered at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival and continued on to screen at over 30 festivals worldwide.

In 2013, Jessica co-founded filmmaker collective Jerry Projects with Rhys Mitchell. Their seminal short film, We Keep On Dancing, was nominated for the 'Grand Jury Prize' at Slamdance Film Festival, the 'Grand Prix International Prize' at Cork Film Festival, and awarded ‘Best Live Action (Under 15)’ at Palm Springs International Shortfest. Jerry’s follow up short, ‘Building Bridges’, had its world premiere at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival, where Jessica also invited to participate in the MIFF Accelerator program.

In 2016, Jessica’s Screen Australia funded webseries, Movement, was selected as one of only six web series from around the world to screen at TriBeca Film Festival as part of TriBeca N.O.W. Movement team were also selected as one of twenty content creators from across the globe to take part in the Digital Creators Market in NY.

Jessica then jumped into long form TV in 2017 assisting the show running Director, Larysa Kondracki (The Walking Dead, Rogue, Better Call Saul) on the Foxtel mini series, Picnic At Hanging Rock. Following this, she completed a Film Victoria funded Director’s Attachment on the Stan mini series, Romper Stomper, with original films Director Geoffrey Wright.

Most recently, Jessica was awarded the ‘Creators Fund’ through Creative Victoria. She is currently undertaking 5 months of practice based research and development for her debut hybrid feature film.


Recipient of 2018 Creative Victoria 'Creators Fund' Grant for feature development of 'We're Getting A Pool'.

'Movement' (Web Series) Screen Australia Post Completion Fund recipient.

'Romper Stomper' (Stan mini series) Director's Attachment - Funded through the Film Victoria Director’s Attachment Scheme.


'Movement' (Web Series)
Best of Spotlight - Melbourne WebFest

'We Keep On Dancing' (Short Film)
Nominated for Grand Jury Prize of Best Narrative Short Slamdance Film Festival
Best Film - ReelGood Film Festival
Best Actor (William Gluth) - Made In Melbourne Film Festival
Festival Honours - Newport Beach Film Festival           
Nominated ‘Best Achievement in Editing’ - St Kilda Film Festival
Best Live Action Narrative Under 15 Minutes - Palm Springs ShortFest
Nominated for 'Best Achievement in Sound for a Short Film' - Australian Screen Sound Guild Awards
Nominated for Grand Prix International Prize - Cork Film Festival

You & I, Brigitte (Short Film)
Bronze Fictional Drama Short Award - ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society)           
Morning Star (Short Film)
Best Director - Malta International TV Short Film Festival
Best Film - Malta International TV Short Film Festival
Silver Remi - WorldFest Houston
Best In Show - Indie Fest
National Winner - Kodak Filmschool Competition           
GOLD ACS – Student Category VIC / TAS - ACS - Australian Cinematographers Society           
Nominated for the ‘Golden Paradino’ - Locarno International Film Festival

Official Selections:

Miles de Carteret ‘Honey’ (Music video 2016)
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016
LA Music Video Festival 2016

'Movement' (Web Series)
Tribeca NOW 2016, St Kilda Film Festival 2015
Melbourne Web Fest 2015

Building Bridges (Short Film)
Melbourne International Film Festival 2014
Flickerfest 2015
St Kilda Film Festival 2015
ReelGood Film Festival 2015

We Keep On Dancing (Short Film)
19th Palm Springs International ShortFest
2013 Raindance Film Festival
2013 San Diego Film Festival
2013 Cork Film Festival
2013 Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
2014 Slamdance Film Festival
2014 Flickerfest
World Of Women Film festival 2014
38th Cleveland International Film Festival
Byron Bay Film Festival 2014
Aspen Filmfest 2014
Rincon International Film Festival 2014
Nashville Film Festival 2014
St Kilda Film Festival 2014
21st Capalbio Cinema ISFF
Barwon Heads Film Society 2014
Missouri Film Festival 2014
Fairhope Film Festival 2014
Heathcote Film Festival 2014
Heartland Film Festival 2014
Calgary International Film Festival 2014
Sapporo International Short Film Festival 2014
FIJR Granada –International Short Film Festival 2014
Milwaukee Film Festival 2014
Made In Melbourne Film Festival 2014
ReelGood Film Festival 2015
Yarra Valley Film Festival 2017  

You & I, Brigitte (Short Film)
Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2013

Morning Star (Short Film)
63rd Locarno International Film Festival
14th Rhode Island International Film Festival
4th Dungog Film Festival
Flickerfest 2011
Hillside Film Festival 2011
Made In Melbourne Film Festival 2011
13th Wisconsin Film Festival
The Indie Fest 2011
44th Annual WorldFest Houston
7th International Short Film Festival Detmold
2011 Busho Budapest Short Film Festival
Malta International TV Short Film Festival 2011
Parvin Etesami International Film Festival 2013
Federation Square 10th Anniversary Celebrations 2012