Mini Bio (1)
Jeremy Rigby is a multi-award winning film and television writer from a diverse background. He is also the Co-Founder of the Australia Independent Film Festival (AIFF) which has quickly become one of Australia's premiere short film festivals.
In 2012 Jeremy wrote and produced nine episodes of An Infamous Cocktail Show which screened on Brisbane's Digital 31 television station. Jeremy's big break came in May 2017 when his self-produced and written short film "An Afterlife" premiered at the Brazil International Film Festival and won best original screenplay. His debut film went on to screen at a multitude of International film festivals and won numerous awards including Best Short Film at the Canada Independent Film Festival. His screenplay Genetic Warrior also won best screenplay at this same festival. It was also a grand finalist for best foreign screenplay in the highly regarded Fresh Voices International screenplay competition. His second self-produced and written short film Sin Bin premiered at the Cine Gold Global Academy Awards and also screened at a number of festivals.
In 2018 Jeremy was awarded a $10,000 Queensland Government grant to produce his short documentary film titled Powering On. This film had its World Premiere at the Sanctuary Cove International Film Festival and was a 2019 Official selection at the prestigious American Documentary Film Festival and a number of other top tiered festivals including Pyongyang International Film Festival Democratic People's Republic of Korea. His self-produced and written fourth film, One Chance has recently entered the film circuit and has been selected at a number of the World's largest Children's film festivals.
Jeremy was born in 1969 to Australian parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Shortly after his birth the family returned to Brisbane. As soon as Jeremy could ride a bicycle he discovered a passion for adventure. He spent his weekends traversing Brisbane looking for mounds of dirt he could jump and bigger and higher hills he could speed down. Somersaulting off out of control bicycles soon gave way to somersaulting on and falling off trampolines. In 1988 he captained the Australian Age Team at the World Age Titles in the U.S.A. where he placed second in his division. That year Jeremy performed in a gymnastic display team at World EXPO 88 in Brisbane. It was there that he realized a love for performance and along with two friends started a comedy acrobatic group called Splat.
In 1992 Jeremy left the World he knew and embarked on a working holiday to England and then Japan. Shortly after arriving in Japan he was introduced to a shopping center event coordinator who was looking for foreign performers. Jeremy, having never performed solo, creatively conjured up images of the amazing characters he could perform and without sleep somehow survived his first solo performance that very weekend. Today he is one of Japan's most liked and recognized Santa Claus performers and still performs yearly at one of Japan's largest shopping centers. In Japan Jeremy shared the stage with many of the World's top street entertainers who seemed to share one common factor in that they were all writing Hollywood blockbusters!
Without hesitation and with eyes wide open Jeremy started to write. After all, from a young age he spent most days after school filling notepads with lines. How hard could it be? With dollar signs firmly in sight Jeremy was confident Hollywood would be knocking on his door within months. It wasn't long before Jeremy realized how wrong he was! He did not give up and let every knock back and non-reply give him resolve to someday become a successful writer. Jeremy continued to write and with the birth of the internet began to study and hone his writing skills from online material. This time in Japan allowed Jeremy to develop a truly unique and individual style of writing.
In 1995 Jeremy returned to Cairns where he began work as a Japanese speaking Tour Guide. It was in Cairns that Jeremy had his first success receiving a prestigious mentoring grant with Jock Blair through The Pacific Film and Television Commission to develop his then short film "An Australian Memoir", which has been re-written into the feature film screenplay A Christmas Stamp. Utilizing the Pacific Film and Television Commission contact data base Jeremy made contact with Carlos Alperin of Galloping Films who would end up optioning "Snakes or Ladders" reality show concept and "Fishing Boats" a feature film screenplay. In 2010 Jeremy returned to Brisbane and quickly jumped at the opportunity to produce his first television show "An Infamous Cocktail Show" written by himself for Digital 31. This was the motivation for Jeremy to self-produce An Afterlife, SinBin, Powering On and now One Chance.
Today an exciting new chapter is being written in Jeremy's life that will finally see his work shared with people on a silver screen and when people say 'Wow', he will know it has definitely been earned.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jeremy Rigby