Professional Bio

Emily Avila comes to the Ethics Centre from the film industry where she worked extensively for production companies and film festivals across Australia, including as assistant to Oscar-winning producer Emile Sherman at See-Saw Films and in scripted development at Essential Media & Entertainment. Prior to joining the Ethics Centre, Emily was artistic director of the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival. Emily also directs her own narrative work – her short films In a Cane Field and Fitting are both Vimeo Staff Picks and have screened at film festivals internationally. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film) and a Postgraduate Diploma of Education.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I am driven to connect people with new ways of seeing and understanding the world around them. I got into the film industry because I believe storytelling is an essential part of the human experience, and that film is one of the most emotive, transportive mediums we have to convey our stories. Through working on the IQ2 debates and Festival of Dangerous Ideas, I look forward to connecting audiences with some of the world’s best thinkers and storytellers.