Polly Staniford

Producer - Aquarius Films

Polly is a creative producer, writer and director and a founding partner of Aquarius Films. She produced Berlin Syndrome, the third feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Cate Shortland (Lore, Somersault), written by Shaun Grant (Snowtown) and starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and also screened in the Panorama section of Berlin International Film Festival. Berlin Syndrome sold to Netflix and had a worldwide theatrical release in 2017.

Alongside Angie Fielder and Cecilia Ritchie she recently produced The Other Guy, a six-part narrative comedy series for Stan created by and starring Matt Okine. Polly was an executive producer on the feature documentary, Roller Dreams, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival and also executive produced the three short dramas selected for Screen NSW's 2017 Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund.

Prior to establishing Aquarius, Polly spent three years as an in-house producer at Matchbox Pictures where she worked across a slate of film and TV projects. During this time, Polly produced four documentaries for ABC TV including Miss South Sudan Australia and the highly acclaimed Anatomy series. She also wrote and directed the documentary Brain (ABC), and was one of the writers on Nowhere Boys, Matchbox's AACTA and Logie award-winning children's drama series. With Renegade Films, she wrote a one-hour documentary for the ABC called The Diplomat, The Artist and The Suit about internationally acclaimed architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall.

Polly has produced, written and directed over ten short dramas, including David Michôd’s award-winning shorts, Crossbow and Netherland Dwarf and John Evagora’s Joey, which won the 2013 St Kilda Film Festival. As a writer Polly has recently written and created an original TV series, which was selected as one of Gateway LA "Aussie List" finalists. Polly has a bachelor's degree in film and TV and a master's degree in screenwriting, both from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film & TV in Melbourne.

Speaker’s event

Freshflix Emerging Filmmakers' Conference & Short Film Festival

The Rocks
26 May, 01:30 pm - 05:30 pm, 26 May, 06:30 pm - 10:00 pm