Acclaimed writer/director Ana Kokkinos’ career spans Film and TV.
Her films have won over 30 national and international awards.
Ana’s third feature film Blessed premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2009 and was selected for Main Competition at San Sebastian (where it won the Jury prize for Best Screenplay). Blessed was in Official Selection at the Toronto, London, Palm Springs and the Giffoni Children’s film festival in Italy, where it won best film as voted by an international jury of 700 teenagers.
In 2010, Ana was honoured at the Seattle International Film Festival as an Emerging Master Filmmaker with a retrospective of her work.
Her first full-length feature Head On was selected for Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and won numerous international awards including 8 AFI nominations.
Ana’s second feature, The Book of Revelation was selected for the Visions Section at the Toronto International Film Festival and sold to 30 territories.
Her short feature Only the Brave was selected for Venice and Toronto, achieving theatrical releases in Australia, the UK and America. It won 15 international awards including 3 AFI Awards (including Best Film and Best Script).
Ana’s TV credits include The Secret Life of Us, Eugenie Sandler PI (winner of an AFI Award for Best Children’s TV Drama), and Australia On Trial: Massacre at Myall Creek for ABC TV. She has directed episodes of Time of Our Lives , Mustangs FC (Seasons 2 and 3), Pulse and Seven Types of Ambiguity for producer Amanda Higgs and ABC / Matchbox. She directed three of four episodes of The Hunting for SBS and Closer Films featuring Richard Roxburgh and Asher Keddie. It is currently the highest rating drama series ever for SBS and has sold internationally.
In 2020 – 21 Ana was a director on the anthology feature drama Here Out West produced by Co-Curious, Emerald Productions and writer-producer Blake Ayshford which will be broadcast on the ABC following a theatrical release. Ana’s recent work on the TAP / NBC Universal anthology series Fires garnered multiple AACTA nominations including those for leads Miranda Otto and Richard Roxburgh. Her most recent television engagement has been on the Danny Brocklehurst created Ten Pound Poms for Eleven Film / BBC / Curio Pictures.
Ana was a Board member of Film Victoria for nine years.
Kokkinos has also taught extensively at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and RMIT. She conducts ongoing masterclasses for professional actors and Lectures in the School of Culture and Communication at Melbourne University.