Indianna Bell is an emerging writer and director based in Adelaide, South Australia. She graduated from university with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Screen Production in 2016 and began writing and directing short films as well as commercial work under Stakeout Films.
In 2018 Indianna won the Gold Prize for comedy in the World Series of Screenwriting for her first feature screenplay Microwave Me. In 2019 she produced and co-directed (with Josiah Allen) a Tropfest-finalist short film, Safe Space. She and Josiah were also selected to be a part of a filmmaking masterclass with Nash Edgerton and Spencer Susser at Fox Studios in Sydney as a part of the Tropfest experience. Safe Space also won ‘Best Directing’ and ‘The Young Filmmaker Award’ at the South Australian Screen Awards.
Indianna wrote and co-directed a short drama film, Call Connect, which was awarded the Jury Prize for ‘Best Narrative Short’ at the 2019 Austin Film Festival. It has been selected for multiple international film festivals, including the Vancouver International Film Festival and Manchester Film Festival.
In 2020, Indianna wrote and co-directed a short thriller film The Recordist. The film had its premiere at the ADLFF in October and has since screened at the Hollyshorts FF, Manchester FF, London Short FF and Hollyshorts FF. It won the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short at the Austin FF, which means it is now eligible to be considered for an Academy Award. It also won Best Short Film at the Byron Bay FF and took out the Gold Award for Cinematography at the Australian Cinematography Society Awards.
Having worked as a disability carer for seven years, Indianna is also passionate about Autism awareness and recently combined this with her love of writing to write an publish a children’s book, ‘Quirky Quentin.’