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Vanessa Gazy is an award-winning Australian writer/director represented by Matt Rosen (Grandview LA) and Roger Green (WME). 

Vanessa grew up in Canberra, where she graduated from high school with Dux of the College. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney, graduating with Distinction. She completed her Masters in Directing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2014, winning the school’s prestigious Kenneth B. Myer Award for Exceptional Talent upon graduating.

Her first short film FOAL is based on her Shoalhaven Literary Award-winning short story Adam's Window. FOAL was nominated for both Australian Director’s Guild and Australian Writer’s Guild (AWGIE) Awards in 2015. It has screened at numerous festivals both in Australia and internationally, and is currently available to view on ABC iView.

Photos by Baptiste Baptiste Le Quiniou (top and centre) and Luke Dampney-Williams (bottom).

Photos by Baptiste Baptiste Le Quiniou (top and centre) and Luke Dampney-Williams (bottom).

Vanessa’s 2018 ADG Award-nominated second short film HIGHWAY is a psychological thriller starring AACTA Award-winning (Best Actress) Odessa Young and financed through an ACT Screen Arts Fund grant. HIGHWAY has been an official selection at over fifteen film festivals to date, including the BFI London Film Festival in 2016, Warsaw Film Festival (2016), Palm Springs Shortfest (2017), Hollyshorts (2017), Fantastic Fest (2017), Flickerfest (2017), Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival (2017), Cleveland International Film Festival (2018), Landshut Film Festival (2018), and Nevermore Film Festival (2018).

Vanessa is now developing HIGHWAY into an exciting high-concept feature produced by Goalpost Pictures and Automatik (LA). The project was awarded Screen Australia development funding in July 2018.

In 2017, Vanessa was one of five applicants selected from 935 to develop her psychological thriller mini-series concept Id with Endemol Shine as part of the Screen Australia Gender Matters initiative Smart For A Girl. 

She has recently completed her new short film SHILOH, which will premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival 2018 as part of the Accelerator program. She is also a recipient of an ADG Commercial and Content mentorship with Scoundrel Projects.

Vanessa is a Sundance 2014 Short Film Audience Award-winning producer, for Matthew Lessner’s short film CHAPEL PERILOUS. In 2013 she co-produced Lessner's feature film AUTOMATIC AT SEA which had its US premiere at Slamdance 2017.