Grant Scicluna is the award-winning writer / director of Downriver, a mystery starring Reef Ireland, Kerry Fox, Robert Taylor and Thom Green. Following its sell out Premiere season at Melbourne International Film Festival 2015, Downriver was selected for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival’s “Discovery” section ahead of its release in Australian cinemas in June, 2016. Grant’s short films include Hurt’s Rescue, The Wilding, Neon Skin and Golden Girl. The Wilding premiered at Berlin Film Festival and in 2012 won the world’s largest LGBT Short film prize; The Iris Prize. It subsequently won MQFF City of Melbourne Award for Best Australian Short Queer Film and sold to Television and DVD. Neon Skin won the NFSA Orlando Award for Best Queer Australian Short 2011. Grant is a graduate of RMIT Screenwriting and UTS Media Arts and Production and was the director’s attachment to Bruce Beresford on Mao’s Last Dancer. Grant and producer Jannine Barnes of Happening Films have two Australian literary properties currently in development with Screen Australia for adaptation to feature film and a third feature in development for which he is both writer and director. Their most recent collaboration has been a Screen Australia funded VR project based on the novel 300 Minutes of Danger with the title 30 Minutes of Danger which screened at MIFF 2018 and is currently in development for further episodes.