Film Director, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer & writer
Emma Franz is an award-winning independent filmmaker who has been producing, directing, shooting, editing, writing and researching auteur-driven nonfiction film projects for the last 12 years. Prior to her work in film and television, she worked as a professional musician for stage, television and radio around the world. She remains highly connected to music, writing and performing, and drawing on her passion for and experience of music practice to inform and inspire her film-making.
A number of professional music and film engagements have taken her across 6 continents and 35 countries, providing the opportunity to work and engage with a diverse range of people from various cultures and languages, social and economic structures, and political histories.
Events of note in her music career include being signed to Warner-Chappell Publishing and now to Alberts Music, doing over fifty feature performances for Australian television, being summoned twice to perform for the Queen of Thailand, being a runner-up in the Australian Jazz Awards, fronting her own groups and performing with many of Australia’s most notable musicians, including Paul Grabowsky (AO), Allan Brown (AO), the Moovin’ and Groovin’ Orchestra, the B Sharp Big Band and others.
Her first feature film, Intangible Asset Number 82, screened in competition at many prestigious festivals and won Best Foreign Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival (2009), as well as other awards and accolades around the world. Her second feature film, a portrait of master guitarist Bill Frisell, is set for festival release in September.
Franz has been invited to speak at such esteemed institutions as the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., the Lincoln Center and the Museum of the Moving Image New York, the Australia Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, and the National Sound and Film Archives, Australia. She has been the recipient of grants and sponsorships from Arts Victoria, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Australia-Korea Foundation.
Franz holds a Research Masters of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary Arts Practice) with First Class Honours from the Centre for Ideas, at the University of Melbourne, Australia.