Brendan Young is director/writer and, occasionally a cinematographer and editor. A devoted lifelong cinephile and filmmaker with an unending desire to tell powerfully emotive and entertaining stories. I mean, what else is there?
Brendan began his filmmaking career armed with a Super 8 camera and a burning desire to shoot and make films. He also had a brief stint as a child actor, which included a small role in the Aussie movie grind-house classic “Mad Max”. Ultimately his real passion lay behind the camera.
Brendan graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School majoring in cinematography and film direction. His graduation film, the comedy sci-fi thriller, “Wild Planet” went on to win a number of local and international awards including the Gold Jury Prize at the Houston International Film Festival, The Red Ribbon at the American Film and Video Festival - San Francisco and Best Student Film at the Hof Film Festival in Germany.
Brendan was launched into a diverse filmmaking career which saw him working as cinematographer and editor on an array of award-winning films, music videos, tvcs, and promos, which then evolved into a successful career as a director working in film, television and commercials.
Early in his ad-directing career, he was selected to participate in the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director’s Showcase in Cannes as well as collecting various industry awards including a Mobius Award for one his powerful Workcover spots.
His relationship comedy short film, “Three Chords And A Wardrobe” was a hit on the international festival circuit including being voted “Best Australian short film” at the 1998 Sydney Film Festival as well as being theatrically distributed in the U.S. in select theatres and broadcast on the Sundance Channel along with a slew of international cable channel and broadcasters.
Brendan often combines his work as a TVC director with various filmmaking projects and television documentaries including directing 2 episodes of the Southern Pictures/ABC TV series "Family Confidential" (2014). Writing and directing the AFI/ACTAA award-winning documentary for ABC TV Arts & Entertainment, “You Only Live Twice – The Incredibly True Story of The Hughes Family” (2010) His other broadcast documentary credits include: “The Two Donnies" – The Two Of Us” (SBS Independent, 2006); ”Love and Anarchy - The Wild World Of Jaime Leonarder” (SBS, 2002) And "Conspiracy" for the 10 Network/Mystery Clock Cinema (1999).
Recently Brendan has been focusing on developing a slate of dramatic film projects including the sexy crime-action- thriller, “The Widow” set in Melbourne in the early 1960s. He is just competing the post-production on an impressive 20 minute “proof of concept” version of the film to help promote and finance the feature project while continue to develop other projects such as "Reunion" - a music-based drama comedy-romance and "Number 8 With A Bullet!" - a suspenseful crime thriller set in South Philadelphia in the 1980s.
Official Selection
The Widow
Crystal Palace International Film Festival
London
2020
Offical Selection
The Widow
Manchester Film Festival
Manchester
2020
Awards: Best Short Film; Best Actress, Best Original Score and Honorable Mention- Production Design
The Widow
New York Movie Awards
New York
2020
Award: Outstanding Performance - Daniela Farinacci (overall top honour)
The Widow
BEST ACTOR AWARD
Aosta
2020
Semi-Finalist
The Widow
Dumbo Film Festival
New York
2020
Official Selection
The Widow
International Short Awards
Cesena, Emilia-Romagna
2020
Official Selection
The Widow
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival
Sydney
2020
Awards: (awarded on October 26th (Best Of The Fest ( Best Film); Best Screenplay; Best Actress; Nominations: Best Director; Best Cinematography; Best Music Score.
The Widow
Feel The Reel International Film Festival
Iasi
2020
Official Selection
The Widow
Moscow Shorts
Moscow
2019
Nominee: Best Fiction.
The Widow
Sound & Image Challenge International Festival
Macau
2019
Awards: Best In Show; Best Crime Drama- Short; Best Cinematography - Short; Best Lighting - Short; Best Sound Design - Short; Best Supporting Actor - Short.
The Widow
Creation International Film Festival
Los Angeles
2019
Nominee: Best Foreign Short Film
The Widow
Reel East Texas Film Festival
Kilgore, Texas
2019
Official Selection
The Widow
Weyauwega International Film Festival
Weyauwega, Wisconsin
2019
Award: Short Film Factory Festival Award
The Widow
Short Film Factory
Bucharest
2019
Official Selection
The Widow
Cardiff International Film Festival
Cardiff, Wales
2019
Awards: Best International Short Drama; Best International Actress - Nominations: Best International Actor; Best International Cinematography; Best International Director
The Widow
The Cutting Room International Short Film Festival NYC
New York, New York
2019
Official Selection
The Widow
Apocalypse Later International Fantastic Film Festival
Phoenix, Arizona
2019
Awards: Best Actress; Best Director; Best Noir Film, Best Thriller. Nomination: Best Short film
The Widow
Oniros Film Awards
Saint-Vincent, Valle d'Aosta
2019
Awards: Best Short Film (Inspiration Competition); Best Actress; Best Writing; Best Period Piece; Best International Film - Nominations: Best Supporting Actor; Best Director (Inspiration Competition); Best Cinematography.
The Widow
Two Roads International Film Festival
Brooklyn, New York
2019
Official Selection - Nominee: Best Actress - Short Film; Best Director Short Film; Best Short Film
The Widow
GenreBlast IV - Film Fest & Script Contest
Winchester, Virginia
2019
Awards: Best Crime Short Film; Best Lead Actress in A Short Film; Best Cinematography In A Short Film; Supporting Actor In A Short Film - Honorable Mention; Team Performance In A Short Film - Honorable Mention; Production In A Short Film - Honorable Mention; Costume Design In A Short Film - Honorable Mention;
The Widow
South Film and Arts Academy Festival
Rancagua, O'Higgins
2019
Official Selection
The Widow
San Antonio Film Festival
San Antonio
2019
Awards: Best Actress - Thriller; Best Actor - Thriller; Best Director Excellence - Thriller; Best Cinematography - Thriller; Best Poster - Thriller -- Nominations: Best Short - Thriller; Best Trailer
The Widow
X World Short Film Festival
Rome
2019
Awards: Best Actress- Short Film; Special Jury Award - Best Film Noir; Nominee: Best Director - International Short film
The Widow
Venus Italian International Film Festival
Las Vegas, Nevada
2019
Nominee: Best Short Film; Best Short Drama; Best Production Design; Best Actress
The Widow
Hollywood Verge Film Awards
Los Angeles
2019
Award: Best Short Narrative
The Widow
Miami Independent Film Festival
Miami, Florida
2019
Awards: Best Actress; Best Crime Short
The Widow
Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
Los Angeles, California
2019
Official Selection
The Widow
Spello International Short Film Festival
Spello, Umbria
2019
Awards: Best Actress - Short Film; Best Foreign Thriller Short Film (tied with Ordinary Everyday)
The Widow
Hollywood South Film Festival
Springfield, Kentucky
2019
Official Selection
The Widow
Revelation Perth International Film Festival
Perth, Western Australia
2019
Award: Best Noir Short; Nominee: Best Cinematography, Best Music Score
The Widow
Genre Celebration Festival
Tokyo
2019
Award: Best International Short Film
The Widow
Jersey Shore Film Festival
Deal, New Jersey
2019
Award: Best Supporting Actor ; Nominee: Best Actress; Best Crime Film
The Widow
IndieX Film Fest
Los Angeles
2019
Official Selection
The Widow
River Film Festival
Padua
2019
Nominee: Best Short Film
The Widow
Silicon Beach Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2019
Official Selection
The Widow
Georgia Shorts Film Festival
Atlanta
2019
Award: Shoestring Trophy
The Widow
Rochester International Film Festival
Rochester, New York
2019
Official Selection
The Widow
Arizona International Film Festival
Tuscon, Arizona
2019
Awards: Platinum REMI Award Suspense/Thriller - shorts; Platinum REMI Award Music Score - shorts
The Widow
WorldFest Houston International Film Festival
Houston, Texas
2019
Award: Best Film Noir; Nominee: Best Crime Film; Best Thriller, Best Action Film, Best Actress; Best Costume Design
The Widow
Indie Short Fest
Los Angeles, California
2019
Official Selection
The Widow
Golden State Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2019
Awards: Best Crime Film; Best Film Noir; Best Actress; Best Original Film Score
The Widow
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles, California
2019
Award: Best Director Short Film
The Widow
Florence Film Awards
Florence
2019
Semi-Finalist
The Widow
Rome Independent Prisma Awards
Rome
2018
Award: Best Original Music Score
The Widow
LA Crime and Horror Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2018
Award: Migliore Interpretazione (Best Performances) A collective cast accolade.
The Widow
Amarcort Film Festival
Rimini, Emilia-Romagna
2018
College
Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS)
Cinematography and Direction
19841988
Birth Date
March 13, 1965
Birth City
Melbourne
Current City
Melbourne
Hometown
Melbourne
Gender
Male
Zodiac Sign
Pisces
A short stint as a child actor with a small speaking part in the first "Mad Max" movie.
"If you have to shoot, shoot! Don't talk"
Brendan Young is director/writer and, occasionally a cinematographer and editor. A devoted lifelong cinephile and filmmaker with an unending desire to tell powerfully emotive and entertaining stories. I mean, what else is there?
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