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Billie Pleffer

Billie Pleffer

Film/Television Director

Billie is an award winning writer and director. A Graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, her short film B I N O, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, winning two major prizes; Best Short Film by the International Jury and Special Mention by the Children’s Jury.

B I N O has gone on to be nominated for Best Film and Best Screenplay at the AACTA / AFI awards, Best Student Director at the Australian Director’s Guild and screened at premium festivals nationally and internationally.

Billie began her career studying Photography and English at the College of Fine Arts and the University of NSW. Always interested in narrative, Billie’s photos of constructed images, capturing a story within one frame, won her the Photomedia Graduating Student Award. This focus on visual story grew into a unique visual style, which encapsulates her work.

BABY BABY funded by the Screen NSW Emerging Filmmaker Fund won the 2014 Australian Writer’s Guild Award (AWGIE) for Best Short Film and Best Cinematography at the St Kilda Film Festival. It had its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival and was selected to screen as the Flickerfest Opening Night film.

Billie was mentored by award winning commercial and drama director Garth Davis (LION, TOP OF THE LAKE) for FYSH, funded by the Screen Australia Hot Shots initiative. FYSH premiered in 2017 In Competition at the BFI London International Film Festival and had its hometown premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival and continues to screen at festivals nationally and internationally.

In 2015 Billie was fortunate to undertake a Director’s Attachment with Australia’s leading TV drama director Glendyn Ivin (PUBERTY BLUES, GALLIPOLI, THE LAST RIDE) on the ABC series THE BEAUTIFUL LIE, which allowed her to further hone her skills and passion for storytelling, equipping her to take the leap to long form.

This leap was DEADLOCK a high octane original youth series commissioned by the ABC and Screen Australia Created, Written, Directed and Developed by Billie screened on ABC iView as 5 x 15 min episodes. DEADLOCK was the winner of the 2018 AACTA Award for Best Online Video or Series and the winner of the 2019 ADG Awards, Best Direction in an Online Drama Project.

Billie is currently developing an original drama series and directs commercials with Exit Films.

Check out Billie’s official website here.

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