Judging Panel: Ian Watson

Ian Watson has been directing for over 30 years. As a theatre director his credits include productions for the Melbourne and Adelaide State Theatre Companies, the Griffin Theatre Company, the Hunter Valley Theatre Company, the Victorian College of the Arts and the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

In television Ian has directed over 200 hours of drama, with credits that include, Heartbreak High, The Secret Life of Us, Seachange, Wildside, the cult US Si-fi series Farscape, White Collar Blue, Blackjack, All Saints, Tripping Over, East of Everything, the multi award winning and Emmy nominated, Love My Way, Carla Cametti P.D a six part miniseries for SBS, Satisfaction, Packed To The Rafters, Wicked Love:The Maria Korp Story, Rescue Special Ops, Killing Time, the Emmy nominated Dance Academy, Underbelly Badness, Janet King and Anzac Girls for the ABC and most recently House Husbands and Doctor Doctor for Channel 9.

In film Ian recently directed the feature film Unsound for Wise Goat productions.

Ian was the inaugural winner of the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Award for best direction in a television miniseries for his work on the Australian/UK production Tripping Over. Ian was again nominated in the miniseries category in 2009 for Carla Cametti P.D. in 2013 for Underbelly: BADNESS and again in 2015 for Anzac Girls.