Dani Pearce

Dani Pearce (Australian, b. 1992) is a Writer, Director and Video Artist based in Sydney, Australia.


Dani’s work holds a primary focus on experimental narrative; playing confidently with both narrative and conceptual abstractions. Her filmmaking is both bold and formally inventive, ideologically ruminating most distinctly on intersectional feminism, body politics, systems of power and sociology. 


Dani’s work has been described by IndieWire as being defined by “her stunning, signature style.” 



Dani’s filmography includes NURSED BACK and BACKPEDAL.


This work has been recognised by Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Lions, Cannes Young Director’s Awards, the Saatchi&Saatchi New Director’s Showcase, the London 1.4 ‘On the Cusp of Greatness’ List for 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021, AVIFF Cannes Film Festival, the IMDb Independent Short Awards, Raindance Film Festival, BAFTA Aesthetica, Tribeca Video Art & Experimental Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Manchester Film Festival, Vimeo Staff Picks and many more.


Dani is the recipient of Shots New Director of the Year 2021, LIA Best New Director 2019 and winner of Gold at Ciclope 2019 for New Talent in Direction. Further, Dani was the only Australian director invited to the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Official Short Film Competition.


Dani is currently writing her debut feature, a third short film and developing a documentary feature. Further, she is writing a collection of essays - set to be complete in 2022. 



Places I Go / Video Art


Jazz / Feature

In Development

Kings / Feature

In Development

ACAB / Short

In Development

Backpedal / Short

Watch Here

Nursed Back / Short

Watch Here

Awards & Grants


Accessible Arts & Museum of Contemporary Art

2022 / AUS

Grant Recipient

Sundance Film Festival 

2020 / US

Official Competition

Cannes Young Director Award

2019 / FR


Cannes New Creators Showcase

2019 / FR


The Pool Grant

Photography Grant

2019 / AU

Grant Recipient


2020 / AU

Winner of Best Screen Editing

IMDb Independent Short Awards

2019 / US

Winner of  Best Director

Winner of Best Editing

Winner of Best Sound Design

Winner of  Best Women's Short

Mill Valley Film Festival 

2019 / US

Official Competition

BAFTA Aesthetica Film Festival

2019 / UK

Official Competition

Raindance Film Festival 

2020 / UK

Official Competition

Brisbane International Film Festival

2019 / AU

Official Competition

Byron Bay International Film Festival

2019 / AU

Official Competition

Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema

2019 / CN

Official Competition

Tribeca Video Art & Experimental Film Festival

2019 / US

Official Competition

Vimeo Staff Pick 

2020 & 2018 / Online

'Cusp of Greatness' OnePointFour

2018 / Online

Official Selection

Cannes AVIFF Art Film Festival 

2018 / FR

Official Selection


Monster Children

July 2020

Bright Young Things 2020


January 2020

2020 Sundance Preview: 10 Must-See Short Films in Park City

Sundance Institute

January 2020

Meet the Artist: Dani Pearce

FBI Radio 

January 2020

Little Women, Big Voices - Dani Pearce & Brenna Harding talk Backpedal, Sundance and Jacuzzis

Sydney Morning Herald

January 2020 

From YouTube click-hole to Flickerfest and Sundance: A filmmaker's wild ride


January 2020

Backpedal: Dani Pearce Goes to Sundance and Flickerfest


July 2019 

Dani Pearce on her YDA-winning short and the 'wild process' of directing

One Point Four

July 2019

Interview: Dani Pearce & The Fragility of Life


HLA Management

Theatrical Agent/Manager

Sophie Fosdick-McGrath 



Commercial / Australia​

Michael Ritchie

Executive Producer

Pip Smart

Executive Producer



Commercial / France

Jean-Luc Bergaron

Executive Producer



Commercial / Germany

Christiane Dressler 

Executive Producer