Judging Panel: Laneikka Denne

Laneikka Denne is an award-winning actor and writer from Western Sydney She wrote her debut play DEAD SKIN at seventeen which was awarded the State Theatre Company x Flinders University Young Playwright's Award and premiered at Kings Cross Theatre in 2021 published by Australian Plays Laneikka is the recipient of the Diversity Entertainment Creative Mentorship 2022 her play DEAD SKIN will be performed in LA Off-broadway in New York and Chicago while she works on a feature film adaption of the play with Diversity Entertainment LLC Her latest play FEMINAZI was the recipient of the Inner West Council EDGE SPACE grant to be developed for Sydney World Pride 2022 and she has also been shortlisted for the Emerging Playwright Canberra Commission Her debut short MITSUKU was selected by ScreenJam Productions in the UK to be produced in 2022 Her short screenplay Oi was awarded Open Screenplays Best Short Drama Award and is currently shortlisted for the First Flight Female Voices Film Fund while in pre-production in Sydney She created a program called THE MONOLOGUE COLLECTIVE where teenagers write monologues for teenagers to perform for the HSC supported by Create NSW the Rodney Seaborn Foundation Australian Plays Transform CWA NSW PYT Fairfield and KXT Young queer women are at the heart of all of her work as she seeks to represent real women with agency and intrigue