Hailed by Musical Notes Global (New York) as “a true Renaissance woman” Aminah Hughes has won local and international awards as a musician, producer, screenwriter, director and photographer.

Raised in Western Australia, she spent several years as a DJ and four years as a film reviewer on RTR.FM public radio before training in directing at Curtin University’s film school. While living in Sydney, she worked on several US and Australian productions as an Assistant Director (most notably, Warner Bros. production, Superman Returns, and Rowan Woods’ ABC telemovie, 3 Acts of Murder) 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. She appeared on eleven albums in Australia and Europe as a songwriter, vocalist, flautist and producer, before producing her debut solo album, Blue Wooden Boat, recording in Ireland, USA, Australia and Germany. She has recorded 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 covers and/or sleeves of four LP’s in Ireland and the UK. In 2015 she produced the Sligo Musicians Calendar, and was 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 TV 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 and Cinequest in LA. Her second screenplay THE YARD has earned its own laurels and is scheduled for production in 2021.

In 2019 Aminah took the reins as director and producer, establishing Sky Woman Productions. Her music videos have premiered in New York, Nashville and Melbourne, with her debut project winning Best Video at Revelation: Perth International Film Festival, her second earning her a Best Director award at the Independent Music Awards in New York. They have gone on to screen in at festivals in Berlin, Prague, New York, Tokyo, Toronto, Manchester and Melbourne.

With short film SOLACE in post-production, Aminah continues to develop her first feature screenplay. In November 2020 she was accepted as a full member of the Australian Directors Guild.

ACHIEVEMENTS IN FILMMAKING

 

TELL ME IT’S OVER by Aminah Hughes  (music video) 2020 – as writer/director/producer

Official Selection – Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – New York Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2020

Exclusive Premiere – American Songwriter Magazine (Nashville) 2020

 

I NEED TO LEARN by Aminah Hughes (music video) 2019 – as writer/director/producer

WINNER Best Director of Short Form Music Video, Vox Pop Award – Independent Music Awards (New York) 2020

Official Selection – Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – New York Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – European Cinefest Golden Nika (Prague) 2021

Official Selection – Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2020

Official Selection – Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2019

Official Selection – WAMFest Mini Music Video Festival 2019

Exclusive Premiere – Musical Notes Global (New York) 2019

 

NAF NAF by Steve Hensby Band (music video) 2019 – as writer/director/producer

WINNER Best Video – Revelation: Perth International Film Festival 2019

Official Selection – WAMFest Mini Music Video Festival 2019

 

BLUE WOODEN BOAT by Aminah Hughes (music video) 2018 – as writer/producer

SEMI-FINALIST Best Music Video – International Songwriting Competition Music Video Category (Nashville) 2018

Official Selection – Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – New York Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Official Selection – Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2020

Official Selection – WA Unlocked Film Festival 2019

Exclusive Premiere – Scenestr (Melbourne) 2018

ACHIEVEMENTS IN WRITING FOR SCREEN

 

THE LOUNGE WITH AMINAH HUGHES (non-fiction vodcast)

#5 Other Podcasts of the Year – The Red List 2021

#5 Other Podcasts of the Month – The Red List January 2021

Quarterfinalist – ScreenCraft Podcast Writing Competition (LA) 2020-2021

 

THE YARD (short screenplay)

Top 6% of all 7,893 short projects on Coverfly (May 2021)

Top 11% of all 52,005 projects on Coverfly (May 2021)

FINALIST  – California Women’s Film Festival 2020

SEMI-FINALIST – ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest (LA) 2020

SEMI-FINALIST – Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards (LA) 2020

 

THE RUBICON (short screenplay)

Top 1% of all 7,893 short projects on Coverfly (May 2021)

Top 2% of all 52,005 projects on Coverfly (May 2021)

#13 Drama Short of All-Time – The Red List (April 2021)

#12 Drama Shorts of the Year – The Red List 2019

#10 – Drama Shorts of the Month – The Red List November 2019

WINNER – Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

WINNER – Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2020

WINNER – ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest (LA) 2018

WINNER – Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards (LA) 2019

SEMI-FINALIST – Austin Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition 2019

SEMI-FINALIST – Cinequest Screenwriting Competition (LA) 2020

FINALIST – Katra Film Series (New York) 2019

FINALIST – Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards 2019

FINALIST – Hollywood Screenplay Contest 2019

Official Selection – Florence Film Awards 2019

Official Selection – Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards 2019

ACHIEVEMENTS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

WINNER Stirling Resident Award – Blink Photography Awards 2018

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