Matt Richards is a Melbourne-based director with a drive for creating thought-provoking narrative.
He holds a Master of Directing Narrative (Victorian College of the Arts, 2011)
His short films, FIRST CONTACT (2012), RABBIT (2014) and THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIE BINGHAM (2015) have screened in competition at over a hundred festivals, collected fifty awards and streamed online by millions of viewers.
A recipient of Screen Australia's 2014 Hot Shots funding, selected by the Australian Director's Guild for SPA 2018 he completed Film Victoria supported director's placements on ABC-TV series TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN (2016) and Matchbox Pictures series CLICKBAIT (2020) for Netflix/ NBC Universal.
Matt's achievements include:
MEART – The Semi Living Artist (2004), a collaborative film/science project by biological arts lab SymbioticA, exhibited in Australia, Germany, Russia, Spain and the USA
The Super 8 Diaries (2004-2007), a four-year music documentary on the underground Australian rock/punk community
First Contact (2012), short drama, winner of eight awards, screened competitively at 30 festivals in 16 countries
Rabbit (2014), short drama, received Special Recognition for Direction (San Francisco International Festival of Short Films) and selection for the Melbourne International Film Festival's acclaimed emerging director program, Accelerator
The Disappearance of Willie Bingham (2015), short psychological horror, recipient of Screen Australia Hot Shots funding, winner of 20 awards, screened competitively at 55 festivals in 19 countries and licenced to two anthology Feature Film projects.
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