Our Alumni are one of the Griffith Film School's greatest assets. They're making significant contributions to film, animation and games design both nationally and internationally.
GFS Outstanding Alumnus of the Year 2016
Film and Media Production graduate, Avrill Stark is the Founder and Executive Producer of A Stark Production and has built a successful career as a highly regarded independent producer and creator of children’s animated television programs, short films and educational films. Her children’s series have been recognised with a number of international awards, and locally with Logie and AFI/ACTA nominations. Avrill’s latest series, The Deep, is an Australian/Canadian co-production and currently a global hit with children aged 8-12, rating in the top three most popular children’s programmes in the UK, Germany, Canada, Australia and the USA.
GFS Young Outstanding Alumnus of the Year 2016
Griffith Film School graduate, Daisy Edwards is a Production Manager at Dreamworks Animation Television in Los Angeles. She also produces films, including her biggest independent production to date, , a 7 minute stop motion short, She’s a Rebel. In 2011 Daisy was a spokesperson for Levi Jeans’ Shape What’s to Come campaign, where she mentored young women interested in pursuing a career in animation and illustration. Well known for her work as a character designer she’s been a casting technician on several television series such as Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise, Our Footloose Remake and Greymen and Red's, To Catch a Chicken.Find out more about Daisy Edwards >
Twin brothers Peter and Michael Spierig graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television and a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design respectively. In early 2000, they wrote and directed their first highly regarded feature film, Undead. Self-funded and made locally, the zombie film quickly gained a cult-following and screened at 17 major international film festivals before being released in the US and Canada by Lionsgate, who also backed their second production, Daybreakers, starring Ethan Hawke. The film has taken over $50 million dollars at the international box office.
Matthew works for Film Roman, the Burbank-based animation studio responsible for some of the world's best-known animated shows, including The Simpsons. Matthew started there 15 years ago as an animator on the show before moving up to directing. Recently promoted to supervising storyboard director, he works with a crew of storyboard artists to tell each episode's story with clarity, creativity, and of course, a sense of humour.
After graduating from the Griffith Film School in 2011, Amanda Eyley has been forging a film career in Sydney, working as an assistant editor on the Blinky Bill and Maya the Bee movies. She has also worked on the Oscar-winning Mad Max: Fury Road as assistant editor to Margaret Sixel, who won the Academy Award for editing, and is currently working on the Lego Batman movie, set for release February 2017, at Animal Logic.
Queensland College of Art animation graduate, Marek Kochout was a traditional animator at Disney in Australia, before moving to America to pursue a job as an effects animator. He secured work as a 3D character animator at Dreamworks Animation in California and was a supervising animator on the latest Kung Fu Panda animated film.
Arts, Education and Law Alumni Awards
Griffith University’s Arts, Education and Law Group produces dynamic and highly diverse alumni. We celebrate the success of our graduates at an annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards Night each Spring. The awards program recognises outstanding achievement through innovation, creativity and leadership.
- Young Outstanding Alumnus of the Year acknowledges outstanding achievement and contribution by an early career alumnus. Nominees must be under 35 years of age, with at least three years of distinguished achievement post-study.
- Outstanding School Alumnus of the Year recognises an outstanding record of professional excellence and contribution to their chosen industry and community.
- Outstanding Arts, Education and Law Alumnus of the Year (overall winner, selected from School Award winners).
Find out more about the award categories and selection criteria.
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