Ariel Martin began filmmaking at ten using the family camcorder and continued developing it into a career working in production on films such as Griff the Invisible. He wrote and directed his first short film at nineteen and has written and directed five further short films since 2009. His first film Change Given, featuring Michael Dorman, was selected for Athens and Austin Film Festivals and also included in the 2010 AFI TV cohort. Bars and Tone in 2011 resulted in Ariel’s selection amongst 32 young upcoming filmmakers in SHOOT Online Magazine’s Annual Up and Coming Helmer Search based on the submission of a promising initial work. The Future Shooter made in 2012 won joint second prize in the Non European short films section at the Young Directors Awards in Cannes.
Ariel’s film The iMom won Best Editing and was highly commended at Flickerfest, a finalist in Sydney Film Festival Short Programme and played amongst the 2014 Cannes Short Film catalogue. In 2014 Ariel was selected as the Australian Directors’ Guild Attachment to Neil Armfield on his feature Holding the Man, a scheme funded by Screen Australia. His most recent shorts include Girl of the Sky which premiered at Flickerfest, Ups and Downs and Jake’s 7th Birthday. He is working on the development of a web-series and also works in the commercial sphere.