Anya Beyersdorf is an actress turned screenwriter. She was an Academy (The Oscars) Nicholl Fellowships semi-finalist (2016), shortlisted Sundance Screenwriters Lab (2016, 2017) and winner of an Australian Writer’s Guild (AWGIE) Award for her writing (2014). She was also on the inaugural “Aussie” Black List in 2018 – shortlisted for the first Australian Scriptwriting Opportunity with Veerhuis Pictures.
She is currently writing feature film HUCKSTEPP – an original true story biopic on the life of Sallie-Anne Huckstepp for producers Jan Chapman, and Nash Edgerton of Blue Tongue Films. She is the writer of the short film attached to the project which won Hotshots funding from Screen Australia and will be filmed this year.
She is also currently adapting a comedy feature film for Aquarius Films.
Her original feature film screenplay SERPENTINE (Nicholl Semi-finalist 2016) is in development in the US. Her original TV series MY MOTHER, THE WITCH was a finalist in the AACTA Pitch: ELEVATE competition.
Anya wrote the upcoming UK/AUS co-production short film IT’S ME for producer Lee Magiday (THE LOBSTER, THE FAVOURITE) starring Maxine Peake and Russell Tovey (UK).
For TV, Anya has been in early development on a number of upcoming premium TV series — including a dramedy series FML for Made Up Stories (producers Jodi Matterson and Bruna Papandrea); AN EXACT STORY OF HER for Porchlight (Producers Liz Watts with Cate Shortland attached to direct) and ALEPH (Producer Liz Watts Director Miranda Nation) and various other early development rooms with Matchbox, Porchlight and Jungle.
In 2016 she was selected by The Weinstein Company and won the highly competitive inaugural Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowships to write and direct a new short film, HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2017 and has also now screened in NZ, Montreal and several other countries. Anya’s other films have screened in competition at Flickerfest, Palm Springs International Shorts Fest, Rhode Island Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and the Tropfest shortlist among others.