Alyssa is an award-winning director/writer based in Sydney. She graduated from the University of Technology Sydney, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications: Media Arts and Production, where she majored in Directing.
Alyssa has a wonderful, darkly comedic sensibility, exemplifying a unique perspective in telling stories that are fundamentally optimistic through her crafting of performances and distinctive worlds.
Alyssa’s most recent short film SECOND BEST won the Dendy Live Action Short Award at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival and most recently the 2019 ADG Award for Best Direction for a Short Film. It was also accepted into
Melbourne International Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Tallahassee, Minneapolis St. Paul International, Encounters, Busan, Nashville and Maryland International Film Festivals. SECOND BEST won Best Short at the Milan Film Festival, the Best Foreign Film Award at the 2018 Lake Shorts Film Festival, the Youth Award at the German 20MinMax Film Festival and the award for Best Direction in an Australian Short Film at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2018.
Her web-series ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME, which she wrote, directed, produced and starred in, has had two successful seasons, both of which screened at the 2012 and 2016 LA WebFest. The series was nominated for a number of awards at the festival including Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Cinematography in a Comedy and Outstanding Lead Actor. The series won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress.
In 2009 Alyssa wrote, directed and co-produced her first short film EMILIA ECKLE which enjoyed a successful festival run, winning various awards and playing several opening nights. Her 2010 short NIC AND SHAUNA, which Alyssa directed and produced, was chosen as a Tropfest finalist.
Alyssa has enjoyed great success as a respected commercial director. Her advertising work has won the coveted Black Pencil at the D&AD Awards and the award for Direction at the London International Awards. Her most recent commercial for Klarna featured Instagram star Celeste Barber. Alyssa was also the winner of the InStyle Magazine Woman Of Style Award scholarship for her work as a filmmaker.
Web series: ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME