Sarah Watt is a writer, director and animator whose first feature film LOOK BOTH WAYS premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in 2005 and was invited to screen in more than 30 film festivals around the world. It was invited to New Films/New Directors in New York and received a Special Screening at International Critics’ Week in Cannes. Among the film’s many acknowledgements were the Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival; Best Film at the AFI Awards; the FIPRESCI Award at the Brisbane International Film Festival; and Critics’ Awards at the Rotterdam Film Festival and the NatFilm Festival in Denmark.
Sarah also received the Best Screenplay and Best Director Awards at the IF, AFI and Australian Film Critics’ Awards.
Before LOOK BOTH WAYS, Sarah’s short animated films had attracted widespread international attention. SMALL TREASURES (1995; 15 mins) won — amongst many awards — the Baby Lion for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival that year. LOCAL DIVE and LIVING WITH HAPPINESS followed, both of which screened widely at festivals and theatrically, winning many international and Australian awards.
In 2009, Lothian Children’s Books (an imprint of Hachette Australia) will publish CLEM ALWAYS COULD, a book for children, which Sarah has written and illustrated.