Beth Armstrong

Beth Armstrong

Beth studied a Masters of Directing Film & Television at AFTRS and boasts an impressive list of accolades from her master’s film, Danya, which screened in over 20 international festivals & received 13 awards including 5 Best Film awards.

Originally trained as an actor, Beth has amassed an impressive portfolio of work since moving behind the camera. Her six short films have won numerous international awards and sold to broadcasters with screenings in Canada, Australia and Japan. Beth’s ability to draw charmingly subtle and engrossing performances from her cast, combined with a particular flare for working with children, shines in her latest short film; a dramedy titled: You Cut, I Choose. The film premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival and received special mention at the 2015 ADG Awards.

Beth’ career has been well supported by Australian funding bodies and was most recently awarded the Screen Australia/Australian Directors Guild (ADG) funded Director’s Attachment to Mel Gibson on the feature film, Hacksaw Ridge over a highly competitive field. Further to this Beth was sponsored by the ADG/Screen Australia Brilliant Careers funding to participate in the Melbourne International Film Festival Accelerator program for directors. Beth has also had directing attachments in television, with Kate Dennis on Offspring and with Peter Fisk on All Saints. Beth was selected as one of four writers for Tropnest at Fox Studios with mentors Anne Brooksbank and Nick Parsons to develop a feature comedy script and she received development funding from Screen NSW for second draft of a feature comedy/drama film.

Beth has extensive experience in the fast paced world of advertising where she has earned her success not only by delivering campaigns quickly and efficiently but by drawing remarkable performances from her cast and creating a beautiful frame for them to work in. Her successful ad campaigns include an international tourism series for Incredible India, a worldwide campaign for Walls and a cinema campaign for the AFTRS. Other clients include Tattslotto, Weight Watchers (six-part national campaign), Lite‘n Easy, Gold lotto, Pampas, Queensland Department of Health and Safety, Insurance line, Heritage Bank, Citibank, Open Colleges, SBS with Peter Kuravita, Lemnos, Paint Place, Streets, Subway and Act for Kids (an award winning television and online charity campaign).

Beth Armstrong

Television

2016 Director: Drop Dead Weird (Ambience Entertainment, Air Pig Productions, Telegael)

2011 Directors Attachment (Kate Dennis): Offspring (Southern Star/Ten)

2010 Directors Attachment (Peter Fisk): All Saints (Network 7)

2009 My Place: Writer (Development)

Short Film


2014 You Cut I Choose (19 minutes)

International Gold Award- IFCOM (Indonesia);

Nomination Best Australian Short – Heart of Gold, Special Mention

Best Directing Short Film -Australian Directors Guild

Official Selection – Melbourne, Flickerfest (Australia) LA Shorts (USA)

2005 Danya (18 minutes)

Best short Jackson Hole and Boston

Best directing & best narrative student – Carolina, Best Editing Hatchfest (USA)

Best fiction – Tirana, (Albania); Best Australian – Canberra (Australia)

2004 Tackle (8 minutes)

Broadcast – ABC

Best Film, Shepparton and Newtown (Australia)

Silver, Home Brewed Australia,

Glen Eira Literary Awards, Australia 2006

2004 Passion With A Pedigree (7min)

Broadcast – SBS

Best Film – Stinkwater

Best Documentary – Shepparton, Mandurah

Bronze – Community for Communities (Australia)

2001 Cheek to Cheek (38 min)

Broadcast – Showtime Canada/Australia

Awards – Best of Festival and Audience, Palm Springs

Best of Festival and Best International, St. Louis

Grand Prize Best Short, Rhode Island

Best Short Fiction, Corto Imola (Italy)

Best Short Drama, Magnolia,

Best Women’s Short and Humanitarian Awards, Cleveland (USA)

TVCs


Selected campaigns 2007 – 2016

Ministry of Tourism India: Incredible India Health , Incredible India Art

Act for Kids: Act for Kids

QLD Health: Eat Well

Subway: Seven Dollars , Workers

Gold Lotto: Golden Casket

Open Colleges: Believe You Can

For full portfolio, see Beth’s pages on Two Little Indians and Clockwork Films

Feature Film


2015 ADG Funded Directors Attachment to Mel Gibson, Hackshaw Ridge

2007 Screen NSW Feature Film Draft Funding for feature comedy/drama, Mussies in my Closet. 

Education


Masters in film directing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (2005). Beth also has a degree in Theatre Acting (1989).

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