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Jessica Li

Writer, Director and Producer

Jessica Li is a Melbourne-based writer, director and producer.

Her career is fostered by training from the Australian Writer's Guild, Howard Fine Acting Studio and Swinburne University.

Her short film, Mother Tongue, made its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival in 2021, where it was the recipient of both the Best National Next Gen Film Award and the Programmer’s Choice: Best Victorian Next Gen Film Award, as well as the Critic’s Choice Award. Other accolades include receiving Best Drama at Freshflix Festival in Sydney and Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Setting Sun Film Festival. Mother Tongue is now streaming on SBS On Demand.

In addition to writing and directing her own work, Jessica crews extensively - predominantly working within the producing, assistant directing, scripting and casting departments. Jessica's directing and casting work is heavily informed by her early acting background. In 2018, she was cast in Ric Forster's webseries, Flunk, which received Screen Australia and VicScreen funding for its third and fourth season, set to go into production later this year.

She is currently developing a long-form project while working full-time as a Production Coordinator.

As a mentor, Jess hopes to show the mentee how to develop projects as a multi-hyphenated creative.

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