About the director

Fiona Dalwood is an Australian artist who has come to animation the long way round. She studied Fine Arts Drawing at the Victorian College of the Arts when she was 19 and loved every minute of it. After graduating she became a graphic designer and has spent over a decade working in a variety of creative jobs. She maintains her art practice and has screened and exhibited her works  all across the world. In 2010 she returned to the VCA to study animation, completing her Masters of Film & Television in 2012.

Fiona’s work spans a broad range of media, from traditional drawing and photography to installation, re-purposing found objects and film. Her animated films have gained international recognition and have screened at some of the world’s leading festivals.

In July 2010 Fiona’s mother Chris died after nine long years struggling with Ovarian cancer. This life-changing experience was the inspiration for developing Good Grief. She is currently in development on her next short film project ‘Killer Fat’, a grotesque comedy claymation.

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner: Best Australian Student Film, 2013 Clare Valley Film Festival
  • Finalist: 2013 ATOM Awards – Best Tertiary Animation
  • Highly Commended 2013 Melbourne International Animation Festival
  • Winner 2012 Senior Commendation Award (Warburton Film Festival Show Us Your Shorts, Warburton, Victoria Australia)
  • Nominee 2013 BEST STUDENT FILM 2013 (Australian Directors Guild Awards)
  • Best Postgraduate Student 2012 – Victorian College of the Arts School of Film & Television
  • Winner, Best Animation (Masters) 2012 – Victorian College of the Arts School of Film & Television (for Good Grief)
  • Winner, 2012 Orloff Family Charitable Trust Script Award (for Good Grief)
  • Finalist 2011 – Breath of Fresh Air Festival, Tasmania (for The Batchelor Experience)
    The Comeback (2010)
  • Winner, Best Illustration 2011 – Victorian Student Animation Festival (for The Comeback)
  • Winner, Best Director (Animation), plus Honourable Mention 2011 – International Los Angeles Underground Film Festival (for The Comeback)
  • Winner, Cinemarket & Orloff Family Charitable Trust Script Award 2010 – Victorian College of the Arts (for The Comeback)
  • Recipient, Application Scholarship 2010 – Victorian College of the Arts
  • Winner, George Hicks Award 1999 – Victorian College of the Arts, School of Fine Art
  • Winner, Stella Dilger Encouragement Award 1999 – Victorian College of the Arts, School of Fine Art

Screening & Festivals

  • 2014 ÉCU The European Independent Film Festival (April 2014, Paris, France)
  • 2014 Tricky Women  (March 2014, Vienna, Austria)
  • 2013 Animpact  (November 2013, Korea/Japan/China)
  • 2013 Made in Melbourne Film Festival (November 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2013 Clare Valley Film Festival (November 2013, South Australia)
  • 2013 Dok Leipzig (October/November 2013, Leipzig, Germany)
  • 2013 London International Animation Festival (November 2013, London, UK)
  • 2013 Anim’Est (November 2013, Bucharest, Romania)
  • 2013 Cut Out Fest (November 2013, Mexico)
  • 2013 Canberra Short Film Festival (September 2013, Canberra, Australia)
  • 2013 Animanima (September 2013, Čačak, Serbia)
  • 2013 Chalice Films for Change (July 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2013 Heart of Gold International Film Festival (July 2013, Gympie, Queensland, Australia)
  • 2013 Melbourne International Animation Festival (June 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2013 Warburton Film Festival ‘Show Us Your Shorts’ program (June 2013, Warburton, Victoria, Australia)
  • 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival (May-June 2013, Brooklyn, New York, USA)
  • 2013 St Kilda Film Festival (May-June 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2013 15th Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival Hamburg/29th Hamburg International Short Film Festival (May 2013, Hamburg, Germany)
  • 2013 Australian International Animation Festival (May 2013, Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia)
  • 2013 Berlinale Online Short Film Cloud (Feb 2013, Berlin, Germany)
  • 2012 Visions film Festival, Chicago USA
  • 2012 Three One Six Oh! Film Festival, Belgrave
  • 2012 FIFO International Film Festival, Tahiti
  • 2011 Istanbul International Animation Festival, Turkey
  • 2011 Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA), Tasmania
  • 2011 Victorian Student Animation Festival, Melbourne
  • 2011 Animation Alliance International Animation Day, Brisbane
  • 2011 Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne
  • 2011 Nextframe film festival, Pittsburgh USA
  • 2011 Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival, USA
  • 2011 Revelation Film Festival, Perth
  • 2006 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne

Film Credits

  • The Batchelor Experience2012: Good Grief (Short Film)
  • Writer, Director, Animator
  • 2010 – The Comeback dir. Fiona Dalwood (Short film)
  • Writer, Director, Animator
  • 2010 – The Batchelor Experience dir. Fiona Dalwood (Short film)
  • Writer, Director, Animator


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