Anthony Kierann is a graduate of Theatre Nepean with theatre, film, TV and commercial work as an actor. His early work saw him in TV shows E-Street, Police Rescue, Water Rats, FarScape and in film’s AFI award winning The Boys, Dark City, Son of Mask. Anthony worked on a long list of short films most notably Alienation, which saw him receive a nomination for Best Actor at LA Method Fest Film Festival and screenings at Palm Springs & New York International Film Festival.
Anthony worked as the General Manager of Australia’s Number one film location at Event Cinemas George Street. Winning a company award across New Zealand, Germany and Australia. Subsequently Anthony moved further into Film Exhibition, programming, creating initiatives and programs within Event Cinemas nationally. In his role as General Manager of Film Festivals, Australian Cinema and Programs, Anthony created programs such as the popular In The House, Niche505, Outta The Box, Hollywood Classics, JFF Fringe and The Artists Room conversation series in collaboration with Screen NSW and AFTRS.
Anthony championed Event Cinemas co-sponsorship of the inaugural Create NSW 360 Virtual Reality Film Conference. He has a passion for community, developing partnerships, growth opportunities for emerging filmmakers and festival expansion. He initiated the Award for Best Short Screenplay Award for Mardi Gras Film Festival – My Queer Career, the Best Australian Short Screenplay award with Sydney Film Festival, and award partnerships with South Australian Screen Association, Tropfest Kids and most recently ACA partnerships with SWIFF, My Queer Career, Northern Territory Arts, Bus Stop Films, WIFT, Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival and a Night of Horror.
Some of the festival groups Anthony has closely worked with include Adelaide Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Russian Film Festival, Mardi Gras Film Festival, Japanese Film Festival, Winda International Indigenous Film Festival, SF3 Film Festival, Documentary Foundation Australia, Gold Coast Film Festival, Queer Fest, International Adelaide Kids Film Festival, Monster Fest and the Jewish Film Festival.
Anthony has been a Short Film jury member for AACTA, Gold Coast Film Festival SIPFEST, SF3, a keynote speaker at NSW Public Schools Film Festival symposium and was on the business advisory panel for the City of Sydney Council for three years.
Most recently Anthony implemented the ACA Masterclass series working with Samantha Lang, Kriv Stenders, Damon Herriman, Alex Proyas, Monica Zanetti, Rosie Lourde, Susan Prior, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham and Joanna Murray Smith. A new initiative for 2021 is ACA on the road, taking Master classes around the country to regional and other areas allowing the community to experience actors centre training. West End Pictures a new film program will come to life furthering film collaborations with ACA, an extension from the festival and screening successes of 2020. Continued growth in The Writers Room, collaborations with writers, directors, producers and industry organisations. In collaboration with Bus Stop Films, and supported by the Australian Government, Anthony devised a new ten-week acting program for people living with disability. The program is workshopped and designed y ACA teachers and Bus Stop Films students, culminating with a public performance. A commitment to more students across the degree and part time courses to continue the long respected tradition of Actors Centre Australia is always our central goal surrounded with industry engagement reflective of the industry within the performing arts.