Shelly Lauman

Classically trained as an actor and having completed her masters in directing at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, Shelly is an internationally award-winning writer and director.

Her love of performance drives her storytelling and her approach to character elicits spontaneous, intricate and honest performances from the actors she collaborates with. Combined with her poetic but playful cinematic imagery, she creates worlds that are distinctly her own.

Most recently, Shelly received the inaugural Australian Director’s Guild/Metro Screen Production Fellowship to make her last film, Birdie; a short, psychological thriller due for release in 2018. Additionally, Shelly wrapped up 2017 with the release of ‘Unexpected Victim’, a short narrative piece for the UN bringing awareness to sexual exploitation throughout Asia.


Audience Choice Award, 2009 World of Women Film Festival, "Two Ducks"
Best Dramatic Short Film, 2016 UN WOMEN San Francisco, "Woman Outside"