An award-winning director and two-time Film Independent Fellow, Australian ex-pat and Los Angeles native Mike Miller is passionate about the craft of filmmaking.
A director with a talent for casting and visual storytelling, Miller is able to deliver that rare combination of beautiful images and great performances in work that ranges from subtle humor to drama and action.
It has been said that Miller’s films for his many international clients (including Citibank, Avis, Ford, Qantas, United Airlines, Sony and The Los Angeles Times) are more like mini-movies.
This isn’t surprising given that he is also an accomplished screenwriter and DP. His ability in each of these areas, coupled with an understanding of the role every part plays in the storytelling, informs his work as a director.
That body of work has consistently garnered awards at a long list of the world’s major award shows, including a Gold Lion at The Cannes Film Festival, Silver World Medals at The New York Festivals, Gold at The Australian Cinematographers Society (NSW) and ‘Official Selection in Competition’ at The Sundance Film Festival.
Mike was the founder of Silver Lining Films in Sydney, Australia. He steered and built Silver Lining to become one of the most highly regarded and creatively respected production companies in the country and internationally.
He played a pivotal role in the development of ‘The Delinquents’ and Silver Lining was co-production company on the film which topped the box office on its opening weekend.
Mike was also the Director, Screenwriter, Producer and DP on the short film ‘OOPS’ which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and sold worldwide, including The Sci-Fi Channel, Atom and Canal+.
Unique traits: I'm me.
Shadowman Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller ⋄ Drama A troubled young woman journeys into the wilderness to hunt down the father who kidnapped and then abandoned her years earlier, unaware the truth she seeks could destroy them both.
Short (Thriller) Director/DP, Screenplay Jack Ross and a group of counter terrorism CIA agents have been chasing an international terrorist for six months. Without any success. Fearing that the upcoming review of their progress, by the head of the Senate Appropriations Committee, will end their funding and their jobs, they fabricate what looks like a successful surveillance operation. To the agents, the end justifies the means. However, the ‘end’ is not what they had planned on.
Short (Documentary) Director/DP The majority of migrant workers in the construction industry of India are women. Their children accompany them and as a common practice are left to play and fend for themselves in the dirt and danger inherent on these sites. These children, if they survive the often serious and sometimes deadly accidents, have no future. Or rather, had no future until one man believing this to be wrong, did something about it. He also believed that integrity, accepting responsibility and working to a moral code should apply to every aspect of his business. And proved it is good business.
2018 STAGE32 TV WRITING CONTEST: Quarter Finalist; SCREENCRAFT FEATURE SCREENPLAY CONTEST/DRAMA
2015 CIRCUS ROAD SCREENPLAY CONTEST: Semi-Finalist; 2015 SCREENCRAFT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP: Quart
2014 8TH STORYPROS INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY CONTEST: Winner Best Screenplay, Winner GRAND PRIZE
2014 CIRCUS ROAD SCREENPLAY CONTEST: Semi-Finalist;
2013 EMERGING SCREENWRITERS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION: Finalist;
2013 FRESH VOICES SCREENPLAY COMPETITION: Finalist Best Feature Screenplay, Finalist Best Role Writt
2013 FRESH VOICES SCREENPLAY COMPETITION:FinalisWritten for a Woman, Finalist Best Screen Chemistry;
2013 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL-LA: Winner Best Screenplay;
2013 ST TROPEZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Winner Best Screenplay/Drama;
2013 SUNSET FILM FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES: Winner Best Screenplay;
2013 SUNDANCE TRM SCREENPLAY COMPETITION: Hon. Mention;
2013 BEVERLY HILLS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION: Finalist;
1998 AWARD (Australian Writers and Art Directors): Finalist Best Director,
1998 AWARD (Australian Writers and Art Directors): Finalist Best Cinematography;
1998 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Official Selection;
1998 AUSTRALIAN CINEMATOGRAPHERS SOCIETY (NSW):Winner Gold;
1997 NEW YORK FESTIVALS: Winner Silver World Medal;
1996 SINGAPORE CREATIVE CIRCLE: Winner Bronze Award Trophy;
1995 LONDON INTERNATIONAL AWARDS: Finalist;
1992 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL: Finalist.
University Technology Sydney (UTS)
Randwick College of The Arts, Sydney
UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles