Hemlock & Cedar Films | Megan Riakos - Filmmaker, Director, Screenwriter, Advocate, Speaker
Megan Riakos, Filmmaker, Director, Screenwriter, Advocate, Speaker, directedbywomen, Feature Film Director, Australian Feature Film Director, Australian Director, Female Australian Director,
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Megan is a writer, director and producer with 18 years experience in the screen industry, culminating in her debut feature Crushed, a mystery thriller set Mudgee. Crushed received great reviews with The Australian newspaper calling Crushed “a tense, bloody mystery thriller”, Dread Central noting its “beautiful cinematography and exceptional performances” while The Hollywood Reporter labelled Crushed “A solid debut.”


Megan has completed over a dozen short films and written a number of screenplays including The Last Reprieve which was awarded the Grand Prize in the Greater Philadelphia SIP Screenplay competition and Victory and Defeat which made the semi-finals in the Final Draft Big Break Competition.


Megan is also the president of the Not-For-Profit organisation Women in Film & Television NSW, where she is a vocal advocate for women in the screen industries, is on the steering committee of NOW Australia and a founding board member of WIFT Australia. Through her work at WIFT, Megan successfully negotiated changes to the AACTA Awards selection process to ensure a more fair and transparent awards, established the Raising Films Australia initiative to address the obstacles facing parents and carers in the screen industry, developed the Safer Workplace Strategies Forum to help combat sexual harassment in the screen industry and launched a number of programs to assist women to advance their screen careers including Big Screen Sister Mentorship Program and the In The Works test screening night where members can get feedback on their works in progress.


Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Media Arts & Production) at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and has completed both a Graduate Certificate in Screen Drama and a Graduate Diploma in Directing at the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). In 2013, she also completed the Professional Screenwriters Program at UCLAand is a member of the ADG, AWG, AACTA, Screen Vixens and Film Fatales.

Megan is a regular speaker and panelist on filmmaking and gender equality and is a mentor and teacher, having taught at the University of NSW and Academy of Information Technology and guest lectured at Australian Film Television & Radio School, Sydney Film School and Academy of Film, Theatre & Television.


For more information on Megan and her work, head to her website.