Aminah Hughes is a screenwriter, director, photographer and musician.

After training in film direction at Curtin University, Aminah worked on several US and Australian productions as an Assistant Director, most notably on Warner Bros. feature Superman Returns, Rowan Woods directed ABC telemovie, 3 Acts of Murder and hip-hop outfit The Herd’s music video for their cover of Redgum classic, I Was Only 19.

She spent four years as a film reviewer on public radio and served on the Executive Committee of Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NSW and as the NSW Representative on the International Board of Directors of WIFT International.

After several years working on feature, television, short, music video, corporate and TVC productions, Aminah headed to Europe for seven years to explore life as a musician and photographer, recording vocals on various productions, including Australia’s Who Do You Think You Are?, feature documentary, Dying to Live and highly anticipated game, Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock, based on the popular NBCUniversal Television Series. Her photography appears on the cover and sleeve of four albums in Ireland and the UK. In 2015 she combined her passions for music and photography to produce the Sligo Musicians Calendar, and employed her passion for justice as the official photographer for the Sligo chapter of the Yes! Equality campaign to legalise gay marriage in Ireland.

When she returned to Australia, Aminah resumed working in the TV industry but what she really wanted to do was direct.

In 2018 she turned her attention to screenwriting, quickly gaining recognition and winning the ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest in LA. Her screenplay ‘The Rubicon,’ praised as “sophisticated and nuanced” with its combination of artistic mediums cited as “a master stroke that merits special mention” went to on earn her a number of accolades including Semi-Finalist status at the prestigious Austin Film Festival.

After completing a three month screenwriting mentorship with script editor Barbara Connell, she took the reins as director in 2019, with her directorial debut winning Best Music Video at Revelation: Perth International Film Festival.

Her videos have premiered in New York, Nashville and Melbourne and already demonstrate Aminah’s diverse approach to storytelling. With a feature screenplay in development, she is now preparing to direct her first short drama.

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ACCOLADES – SCREENWRITING

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition 2020 – Semi-finalist, Best Short Screenplay

Austin Film Festival 2019 Short Screenplay Competition – Semi-finalist, Best Short Screenplay

Hollywood Screenplay Contest 2019 – Finalist, Best Short Screenplay

Katra Film Series (New York) 2019 – Finalist, Best Short Screenplay

Florence Film Awards 2019 – Official Selection, Best Short Screenplay

Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards 2019 – Official Selection, Best Short Screenplay

Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards (LA) 2019 – Winner, Best Short Screenplay

Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards 2019 – Finalist, Best Short Screenplay

ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest (LA) 2018 – Winner, Best Short Screenplay

 

ACCOLADES – FILMMAKING

American Songwriter Magazine (Nashville) 2020 – Exclusive Premiere, “Tell Me It’s Over” music video – as writer/director/producer

Musical Notes Global (New York) 2019 – Exclusive Premiere, “I Need to Learn” music video – as writer/director/producer

Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2019 – Winner, Best Video, “Naf Naf” music video – as writer/director/producer

Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2019 – Official Selection, “I Need to Learn” music video – as writer/director/producer

WA Unlocked Film Festival 2019 – Official Selection, “Blue Wooden Boat” music video – as writer/producer

International Songwriting Competition (Nashville) 2018 – Semi-finalist, Best Music Video, “Blue Wooden Boat”– as writer/producer

Scenestr (Melbourne) 2018 – Exclusive Premiere, “Blue Wooden Boat” music video – as writer/producer

 

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS

Blink Photography Awards 2018 – Winner, Stirling Resident Award

Koas – No Expectations LP (UK) 2018 – cover & sleeve photographer

The Inimitable Beauty (international project) 2015-2018 – photographer / writer / producer

Yes! Equality Campaign for Civil Marriage Equality (Ireland) 2015 – official photographer, Sligo chapter

2015 Musicians of Sligo Calendar (Ireland) – photographer / producer

19th Sligo Festival of Baroque Music (Ireland) 2014 – event photographer

Seamie O’Dowd – Wood & Iron LP (Ireland) 2014 – cover & sleeve photographer

Kieran Quinn – Note Just Black & White LP (Ireland) 2013 – sleeve photographer

Sligo International Jazz Festival (Ireland) 2013 – event photographer

Mairtin O’Connor Band – Going Places LP (Ireland) 2012 – sleeve photographer

MUSIC BIOGRAPHY

(Aminah’s life as a songwriter, musician and producer)

PRESS KIT

(Downloadable high res images, bios, quotes & reviews, music videos and Sizzle Reel)