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
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