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Eleanor Winkler Producer

Eleanor Winkler is an award-winning screen producer and co-founder of Bus Stop Films. She is currently a producer with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s production company, Funny Or Die (FOD), whilst also working on developing the slate at Bus Stop Films. Her most recent independent short released this February, Darby Forever was part of the Vimeo Originals series, and the first of FOD’s projects specifically aimed at supporting female talent. Eleanor is responsible for organizing FOD’s women’s-only writer’s rooms, and on occasion crewing her shoots completely with women (just because she could). Eleanor has been fortunate enough to work alongside some of the top female talent in Hollywood, directors Jill Soloway, Nicole Holofcener, Anne Fletcher, Shira Piven and Catherine Hardwicke, and A-List casts, including Amy Schumer, Aidy Bryant, Christina Applegate and Michaela Watkins. Over the past seven years the inclusively made projects she has produced with Bus Stop have been screened widely across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, as well as reaching wide audiences online and recouping $70,000 in sales and prize money. Eleanor has a Graduate Diploma in Producing and Screen Business from AFTRS and was a recipient of Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator program in 2014.

Genevieve Clay-Smith Director / Writer

Genevieve Clay-Smith has, since 2007, been telling stories with a specific focus on representing intellectual disability and the refugee experience. She has a Masters in Directing as well as a Graduate Diploma in Screenwriting from the Australian Film Television and Radio School and a degree in media and communications from UTS. Genevieve’s accolades include 1st place at Tropfest in 2009, the 2015 award for best direction in a student film at the Australian Director’s Guild Awards, a 2015 AACTA Social Shorts award nomination, winning best direction at the WOW Film Festival in 2012 and winning two best picture gongs at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival in 2013 and 2015. She was also awarded with the Top Female Creative Award at the 2015 B&T Women in Media Awards. Genevieve is the co-founder of creative agency Taste Creative and co-founder and Executive Director of not-for-profit organisation Bus Stop Films. For the past eight years she has been dedicated to creating diversity and inclusion in the film industry through developing and conducting film studies programs for people with an intellectual disability. For her efforts she was recognised as the 2015 NSW Young Australian of the Year.

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