Western Sydney Filmmaker
Matthew C. Vella is an international award-winning filmmaker & entertainer from Blacktown, Western Sydney. Born of Maltese immigrant parents, Matt is a proud pop culture nerd who has dedicated his life to entertaining others.
Matt’s debut film Bleeding Backs (2016) won awards both internationally and at home, with 5 wins & 15+ official selections, screening in the US, Canada, U.K, New Zealand and all over Australia. His follow up saw him switching genres to comedy with She's Not Your Type (2018). It’s premiere at Made in the West Film Festival 2018 saw it taking home the Audience Choice Award, and shortly after won Best International Director at both Austin Comedy Short Film Festival & Women's Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta.
Matt also founded and hosts Western Sydney Filmmakers Hangout - a popular networking group for Western Sydney filmmakers. Western Sydney Filmmakers Hangout has 1000+ members and hosts live events regularly. These events have previously been partnered with organisations such as Screen Australia, Arts and Cultural Exchange (ACE), Made in the West Film Festival and more.
Matt loves to tell trendy, entertaining, fun genre stories in action, comedy & horror.
Best Comedy Short (FEB)
She's Not Your Type
Changing Face International Film Festival (FEB)
Cronulla, Sydney
2019
Official Premiere
Bleeding Backs
International Shorts Film Festival
Southbank, Victoria
2019
Audience Choice Award
She's Not Your Type
Made in the West Film Festival
Liverpool, Sydney
2018
Official Selection
Bleeding Backs
New Zealand Southern Cross Film Festival
Taupo, Waikato
2018
Official Selection
Bleeding Backs
Canada Independent Film Festival
Montreal
2018
Best Action Choreography
Bleeding Backs
Action Sanction Film Fest
Glasgow
2017
Indie Spirit Award
Bleeding Backs
Sydney Indie Film Festival
Sydney, New South Whales
2017
Best Student Film, Best Actor, Best Sound Design
Bleeding Backs
Made in the West Film Festival
Paddington, New South Whales
2016
Birth Date
February 10, 1991
Nickname
Matthew C. Vella
Birth City
Blacktown, New South Whales, Australia
Current City
Blacktown
Hometown
Blacktown
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Malteese
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Aquarius
"With great power comes great responsibility." - Stan Lee
Western Sydney Filmmaker
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