Ricky Townsend is a young filmmaker from Christchurch, New Zealand. Ricky is a fine arts student, specialising in film, at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury. He is also pursuing an arts degree in Philosophy.
Ricky was diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorder at a very young age. Because of this, Ricky has found filmmaking helps him understand other people and be understood in ways he could never achieve before.
Ricky Townsend’s early work won the Overall Secondary Student Award for the 2016 ‘New Zealand Young Filmmakers Competition’ and the Secondary School Runner Up Award for the 2016 ‘FocusOnAbility Short Film Festival’. Ricky also directed the comedic ‘How To Bus’ social etiquette video with Metro Canterbury which currently has more than 260 thousand views on Facebook.
Ricky has had his recent short films 'Tremble' and 'TRUTH.exe' selected for the 2019 Sydney Indie Film Festival, the 45th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival, the SciFi Film Festival, in Australia, and the Changing Face International Film Festival.
'TRUTH.exe' won Best Student Film at the Miami International Science Fiction Film festival an 'Tremble' was nominated for Best True Story at the Sydney Indie Film Festival.
Ricky's short film on autism, 'Mr. Savant', is one of 10 winning films in The Outlook for Someday 2019 Film Challenge. A nationwide film competition for people under 24 in New Zealand.
Official Selection
Lockdown
University of Canterbury, Fine Arts 2020 Exhibition
Christchurch
2020
Official Selection - Best Student Film
TRUTH.exe
2020 Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival
Miami
2020
Official Selection
TRUTH.exe
45th Boston SciFi Film Fest
Boston, Massachusetts
2020
Official Selection
Tremble
Top of the South Film Festival
Nelson
2020
One of 10 Winning Films
Mr. Savant
The Outlook for Someday 2019 Film Challenge
Online
2019
Monthly Finalist
TRUTH.exe
2019 Changing Face International Film Festival
2019
Official Selection
TRUTH.exe
SciFi Film Festival
Sydney
2019
Official Selection
Tremble
Ilam School of Fine Arts: Red Room Film Festival
Christchurch
2019
Official Selection - Award Nominated for Best True Story
Tremble
Sydney Indie Film Festival
Sydney
2019
College
University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts
Film
2018Present
High School
Hagley College
20122017
Birth Date
August 28, 1998
Birth City
Christchurch
Current City
Christchurch
Hometown
Christchurch
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Pākehā