Dr Alejandra Canales

AFTRS - Documentary Lecturer

Dr. Alejandra Canales is an award-winning film director, producer with more than 15 years’ experience working in the Australian Film industry. She was awarded a scholarship to complete a MA Hons at AFTRS in 2005 and in 2008 she received a scholarship to complete her Doctorate of Creative Arts.

She has been part of international residencies such us 5SUR5 in Belgium and the IDFAcademy in The Netherlands and has received several scholarships and prestigious grants such us the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

Her work has screened at several festivals across the world including IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and Sydney Film Festival. She has won the Dendy Award, ATOM award and the Cinema delle Done documentary award in Turin, Italy. She was nominated for the IF Award and received a special mention from the Film Critics Circle of Australia.

She has extensive teaching experience across screen media and documentary courses both practical and theoretical. She has taught at the NYU Sydney, Western Sydney University, Sydney Film School, The National Institute of Dramatic Arts and in many aboriginal communities across Australia.

Alejandra was the Co-Director and Programmer of the inaugural version of Antenna Documentary Film Festival. She is the creator of Doc_Space and the company director of the recently created production company Matadora Films.

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