She is best known for her feature film Unsound (2020), nominated for best original feature at the 2020 AWGIE awards. A romantic-drama, the film won best Australian feature at the 2020 Melbourne Queer Film Festival, best fiction feature film at the 2020 ATOM Awards, was nominated for best indie feature at the 2020 AACTA awards, and Best Oceania Film at the 2022 Septimius Awards.
Ally is the lead writer Metropius (AcropolisWorld), a multi-media franchise produced by 18 Degrees. In 2019 the project received funding from Screen Queensland, and her screenplay for the animation won Most Outstanding Animation at the 2022 AWGIE Awards. In 2021 project was awarded the Epic Games' Epic Megagrants to expand into comics, an AR experience and a board game.
The first issue of her comic book, Forgotten Rose, is out now.
Further collaborating with 18 Degrees, Ally shares a writing credit on the comedy-heist feature film, Nice Package (2016).
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 for professional writing development.
She is a member of two writing collectives. Precipice Fiction released the fantasy, sci-fi & horror short story anthology The New Mythic in December 2022, of which Ally is a contributing author and editor. It was nominated for two Aurealis Awards in 2022. Precipice Fiction also drops weekly podcast episodes called Prose & Cons. It is a podcast by emerging writers, for emerging writers.
Quill and Read releases a bi-monthly free online magazine, to which Ally regularly contributes fantasy short stories.
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, course designing and training school-aged and adult students in screenwriting for film and television.
Ally Burnham is an AWGIE-winning screenwriter and NIDA graduate (2016, Masters, Writing for Performance) who works as a freelance screenwriter, script editor and author, under her business name Faucet Fictions. She is represented by Elizabeth Troyuer & Associates.
She is also the Creative Producer at Westwords - Western Sydney's literature development organisation. As a part of her role, Ally seeks to facilitate the ecosystem of writing in Western Sydney, from cultivating childhood literacy and creativity, to developing the manuscripts of emerging writers and connecting them with the industry, to employing and promoting professional working writers in their efforts to build sustainable careers.
As a part of this work, Ally features regularly as a writing festival panellist, hosting cross-media and screenwriting talks at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2022, appearing at the 2023 Writing NSW Speculative Fiction Festival, Sydney Supanova 2023, the 2023 HNSA Conference, Sydney's first ever SXSW Conference, and is a guest curator for 10th anniversary of the Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival.
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.
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.