Clare Sladden

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Broken Head Productions Pty Ltd

Writer. Director.


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Clare Sladden is an acclaimed writer/director whose first feature-length screenplay, Always the Dressmaker, was a finalist in the prestigious Cinestory Fellowship in 2014. Since then Clare has won and placed in various international screenwriting competitions.

Clare’s feature, Broken Head, won the inaugural Byron Bay Film Festival International Screenplay Competition, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowship, and was selected to attend the 2016 Cinestory Fellowship Retreat, where she was mentored by Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Meg LeFauve (Inside Out).

Clare’s award-winning short film, Consent, which she wrote, directed & produced, has screened nationally and internationally, most notably at the 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the 2018 Cleveland International Film Festival, and the Freshflix/G’Day LA Emerging Filmmakers Conference.

Clare’s web series, Freudian Slip, which she wrote, directed & produced, was released exclusively on the Frankie Magazine website at the end of March 2018, and received over 10K views in the first week online, and now has over 45K views. Freudian Slip was nominated for ‘best Australian comedy’ at the Melbourne Webfest, and Clare received an AWGIE nomination for her writing on the series.

Career Highlights

Being selected to attend the 2016 Cinestory Fellowship retreat, where I was mentored by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) was an absolute career highlight. Meg's perspective on story and theme is a gift that I'll treasure for the rest of my filmmaking career.

Similarly, having one on one time with award-winning director, Ana Kokkinos at the 2018 Screenworks directing intensive was a huge turning point for me. Ana's unique insight into directing is phenomenal, and my time spend with her has informed many of my creative choices going forward.

Lastly, my AWGIE nomination for my writing on Freudian Slip is something I'm very proud of. To be recognised by the Australian Writers Guild was an absolute honour, and something I'd love to repeat.

Production Credits

FILM – Feature screenplay

2016 Broken Head - Writer
2018 WeScreenplay Feature Screenplay quarterfinalist
2017 Byron Bay Film Festival International Screenplay Competition winner 2017 Academy Nicholl semifinalist
2017 Screencraft Drama quarterfinalist
2017 Screencraft Comedy semifinalist
2017 Screencraft Writers Residency semifinalist
2016 Cinestory Fellowship semifinalist
2016 Scriptapalooza quarterfinalist
2016 Big Break quarterfinalist

2014 Always The Dressmaker - Writer
2015 Screencraft BIFF quarterfinalist 2015 Screencraft Comedy quarterfinalist 2015 Big Break quarterfinalist
2014 Cinestory Fellowship finalist
2014 Big Break quarterfinalist

FILM – Short

Dolls - Writer/Director
2018 Byron Bay Film Festival official selection 2018 Freshflix official selection
2018 Freshflix winner - ‘best comedy’

Consent - Writer/Director
2018 Women in Horror Film Festival official selection
2018 Women in Horror Film Festival nominee best short thriller, best writing, best director & best narrative drive
2018 Cleveland International Film Festival official selection
2017 Byron Bay Film Festival official selection
2017 Freshflix Emerging Filmmakers Conference official selection 2017 San Jose International Short Film Festival official selection 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest official selection
2017 Oaxaca FilmFest official selection
2017 Freshflix official selection
2017 Freshflix WIFT award
2017 Gold Remi award winner - Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
2017 Fort Myers Film Festival official selection
2016 IndieFest Award of Excellence
2016 Sydney Lift-Off Festival official selection

Hindsight - Writer
2008 PFTC The Right Stuff script development winner

TELEVISION screenplay

2018 The Lead (half hour pilot) - Writer
2018 Sundance episodic lab final round of judging

Familiar (one hour pilot) - Writer
2016 Page International Screenwriting quarterfinalist
2016 Cinestory TV/digital quarterfinalist 2015 Screencraft Pilot quarterfinalist


Freudian Slip - Writer/Director
2018 Melbourne Webfest official selection
2018 Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) nominee 2018 Queen Palm International Film Festival official selection
2018 Queen Palm web series honourable mention for best director, best producer, best cinematographer, best web series


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