Ronnie S. Riskalla is an award-winning Screenwriter and Director who produced dozens of films as a young child with only a Betacam. Years later he went on to study film and drama in High School and performed regularly in school talent shows, police youth clubs and various school theatre productions.
After High School Riskalla attended a private film college before going on to study and attend workshops at The Australian Film, Television & Radio School finding his forte 'behind the camera'. A passionate and hardworking writer and director, he continued his film studies through a UCLA extension learning from professional crew working in Hollywood.
His passion to entertain an audience extends into his professional life where he worked in the cinema industry for 16 years as a Projectionist & Technical Manager, managing and maintaining dozens of 35mm projectors well into the digital projection age. He ran thousands of regular screenings of films to Australian audiences as the showman, and also running special event screenings while working alongside filmmakers and distributors.
The transition from behind the film projector to behind the camera was a natural one. After attending the highly sought out Hollywood Film School run by Independent film guru Dov S-S Simens his willingness to undertake a challenge led to his producing and directing experimental feature film: The Day Hollywood Died. In 2009 he established a Film production & Distribution company called Rising Pictures.
He has worked tirelessly on seven other feature films scripts in various stages of development over the past decade. In 2016, a screenplay he co-wrote; Fire Mountain was shortlisted for multiple awards. Riskalla is in in post-production on his second feature film: Streets of Colour, an urban drama that tackles racism. Streets of Colour is looking to be released in 2023.