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Dani Pearce is a Writer and Director based in Sydney, Australia. With a primary focus on experimental narrative, her work sits at the intersection of film, photography and art.

Dani has spent much of her career as a creative assistant - writing, designing and developing for some of the worlds most renowned brands, agencies and film directors. Her work in this space included everything from global campaigns for Apple, Facebook, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Google, Louis Vuitton, Nike - all the way through to consultation on critically acclaimed series now streaming on Netflix, Hulu, FX USA and beyond. She works from her Surry Hills studio on select, high-end branded projects and visually consults in the long form space. 


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, 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, Vimeo Staff Picks and more.


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


Further, Dani is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious photographic grant, The POOL Grant. Her project All Our Strains is a photographic installation work focused on national identity, colonialism and language. The work exhibited in July 2019 at the Craig Ruddy Gallery in Paddington, Sydney. 

Dani is currently writing her debut feature, a third short film, developing a documentary feature. Further, she is writing a novel titled Essential Text - set to be complete in 2021.


July 2019 / 1.4

Interview: Dani Pearce & The Fragility of Life

July 2019 / Shots

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

January 2020 / FilmInk

Backpedal: Dani Pearce Goes to Sundance and Flickerfest

January 2020 / Sydney Morning Herald

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

January 2020 / FBI Radio - Movies Movies Movies

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

January 2020 / Sundance Institute

Meet the Artist: Dani Pearce

January 2020 / IndieWire

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