NSW CINEMA PIONEER OF THE YEAR – FIONA NIX
Fiona Nix has over 25 years’ experience in the entertainment and arts industry as a consultant, publicist, and company director of NIXCo, which she established in 1998. She is a passionate supporter of the Australian film industry, devoting her time to providing strategic guidance to international and local film productions, emerging and established filmmakers, cinemas, screen businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
Fiona works closely with filmmakers to share their stories with audiences on Australian cinema screens and has developed strong, long-lasting bonds with directors, producers and actors over the years working on Australian films, as well as championing the work of many first-time filmmakers as part of her company’s ethos to nurture new talent.
Career highlights including working on David Michôd’s feature debut, Animal Kingdom, alongside producer Liz Watts; Justin Kurzel’s feature debut Snowtown; Mel Gibson’s Academy Award-winning Hacksaw Ridge; Madman Entertainment’s box office record-breaking documentaries That Sugar Film (dir. Damon Gameau) and Mountain (dir. Jennifer Peedom); and powerhouse producers Bruna Papandrea and Jodi Matterson of Made Up Stories’ feature films The Dry (dir. Robert Connolly), Penguin Bloom (dir. Glendyn Ivin), The Nightingale (dir. Jennifer Kent) and Little Monsters (dir. Abe Forsythe). Fiona has also developed and nurtured relationships with international filmmakers shooting big budget productions in Australia including Bill Mechanic (Hacksaw Ridge), Jodi Hildebrand and Will Gluck (Peter Rabbit) and Marvel/Disney (Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Thor: Love and Thunder).
Fiona is a committee member of The Natalie Miller Fellowship, a not-for-profit organisation that was established to recognise, nurture and inspire the next generation of female leaders in the Australian screen community and was previously on the Board of Directors of TROPFEST, the world’s largest short film festival.