Ally Burnham is an AWGIE nominated writer, with her screenplay Unsound (2020) considered for Best Original Feature at the 2020 awards. A romantic-drama, the film won Best Australia Feature at the 2020 Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Best Fiction Feature Film at the 2020 ATOM Awards, and was nominated for Best Indie Feature at the 2020 AACTA awards, and Best Oceania Film at the 2022 Septimius Awards.
In 2014, Ally graduated from Griffith Film School with a Bachelor in Film and Screen Media, specialising as an on-set AD and script supervisor. For her graduate work, Ally wrote and directed the short, 2.0. The film celebrated a fruitful festival run, appearing in competition at seven international film festivals.
In 2013, Ally won the Australian-wide young filmmaker’s competition, ‘The Shoot’, hosted by Baz Luhrmann, NIDA and Samsung. Her short film, The Pilgrim Report, premiered at the Sydney Opera House during its 40th Anniversary Celebrations.
Ally also writes as a novelist. In 2020 she received a residency fellowship from Varuna house, for the development of her fantasy YA manuscript, Majesty. In 2021 she was accepted into the Westwords Academy program for professional writing development.
A NIDA graduate (2016, Masters, Writing for Performance), Ally is a freelance screenwriter, script editor and author, under her business name Faucet Fictions. She is also the Creative Producer at Westwords - the Western Sydney literacy development organisation.
Ally is the lead writer Metropius (AcropolisWorld), a multi-media franchise produced by 18 Degrees. The first issue of her comic book, Forgotten Rose, is out now. In 2019 the animation received funding from Screen Queensland, and in 2021 project was awarded the Epic Games' Epic Megagrants to expand into comics, an AR experience and a board game. Further collaborating with 18 Degrees, Ally shares a writing credit on the comedy-heist feature film, Nice Package (2016).
Writing for television, Ally has collaborated on projects for CJZ, and assisted on projects for Essential Media and Blackfella Films in 2017. In 2016, developing for CJZ, Sweet Jane, was a recipient of Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiative.
She is a member of two writing collectives. Quill and Read releases a bi-monthly free online magazine, to which Ally regularly contributes fantasy short stories. Precipice Fiction is producing a fantasy, sci-fi & horror short story anthology in 2022, and also drops weekly podcast episodes called Prose & Cons. It is a podcast by emerging writer, for emerging writers.
Other writing acknowledgments include the long list for the AWG Prime Time program (TV), and the semi-finals of the Screencraft Thriller and Action screenplay competition. In 2021, her short film, Saving Daylight premiered in competition at the Flickerfest Film festival.
When there is time, she also teaches at NIDA Open, training school-aged and adult students in screenwriting for film and television.