Following on from a successful marketing career, Annie Kinnane crossed over to production on big budget television commercials in the days when everything was shot on 35 or 16mm film. After 15 years in commercial and content production in 2009 she produced her first short film IPSO FACTO which was shortlisted at Tropfest. Her next short KINDRED was the first sci-fi short to star indigenous Australians and screened at the Boston Science Fiction Festival, SciFi Film Festival Australia and New Filmmakers New York.
In 2013 to fund her third short film, she secured Screen NSW’s Emerging Film Makers Fund to produce FLAT DADDY starring Kat Stewart (West of Sunshine) and Kathryn Beck (These Final Hours) with Executive Producer Al Clark (Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Chopper). The short premiered at the opening of the St Kilda Film Festival and screened at the prestigious Palm Springs Shortfest USA (2015) where it was nominated for “Best Director” and “Best Score”. It was an Official Selection of numerous noteworthy festivals and was nominated for “Best Short Fiction Film” in the Screen Producers Australia Awards, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards (AACTA) and “Best Music for a Short Film” in the Australian Screen Music Awards.
The next two shorts Annie produced starred well known local actors; Maggie Blinco, Anna Lise Philips and Julian Garner in BABA (2016) … and Marcus Graham, Damien Garvey and Morgana Davies (Stormboy) in CALLIOPE’S PRELUDE (2018).
2018 saw the release of Annie’s debut feature PIMPED with Andrena Finlay (Blessed, Goddess, Razzle Dazzle) as the film’s consulting producer and Matt Reeder as Executive Producer (The Little Death). The thriller starring Ella Scott Lynch and Benedict Samuel (Walking Dead) premiered at FrightFest in London to solid reviews with an invitation to screen at HARD:LINE Festival Germany. Its Australian premier was Monster Fest at Cinema Nova, Melbourne (2018) with a limited cinema release in 2019.
Annie is a member of AACTA and a preselector and judge on numerous short film festivals.