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Michael Sergi

Mr, Associate Professor

  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


Accepting PhD Students

  • 10 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research interests

I received my Doctorate from the Univeristy of Technology, Sydney. After graduating from Curtin University with a faculty award, I was selected to undertake the fulltime directing course at AFTRS. I spent three years learning from some of the world’s best directors, including Philip Noyce, Alan Parker, Norman Jewison and Mike Liegh.

I have directed over 100 hours of television drama in Australia and New Zealand, including Home & Away, Neighbours, Pacific Drive, Breakers and Shortland Street. I have produced, written and directed many short films, documentaries, TV commercials and music videos. I also co-wrote and produced the feature film, 10 Days to Die.

In 1995 I co-founded the Canberra International Film Festival, and was its artistic director for 13 years. I held the Film Position on the ACT Cultural Council, and was the ACT representative of the Australian Directors Guild for many years. I have also been a judge for the Australia Directors Guild Awards and the TV WEEK Logie Awards.

My published works include a chapter in the book, Tertiary Teaching: Doing it Differently, Doing it Better; How Reality Bites: The production of Australian Soap Operas, with Peter Dodds in Media International Australia.

Education/Academic qualification

Film & TV, Doctor of Creative Arts, UTS University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 20 Mar 2012

Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Curtin University

Award Date: 3 May 1988

Film & TV, Bachelor of Arts, Australian Film, Television and Radio School

Award Date: 5 Mar 1987

External positions

Senior Programmer, Darwin International Film Festival

1 Jul 20101 Jun 2016

Advisor, Gold Coast Film Festival

1 Jan 2009 → …

Artistic Director, Canberra International Film Festival

1 Jun 19951 Dec 2008

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Research Output

Understanding the Underlying Principles of the Short Film

Sergi, M. & Batty, C., 16 Nov 2019, The Palgrave Handbook of Screen Production. Batty, C., Berry, M., Dooley, K., Frankham, B. & Kerrigan, S. (eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 49-60 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

  • Screen production enquiry: A study of five Australian doctorates

    Kerrigan, S., Berkeley, L., Maher, S., Sergi, M. & Wotherspoon, A., 2015, In : Studies in Australasian Cinema. 9, 2, p. 93-109 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)

    Exploring how directors comprehend performance

    Sergi, M., 2013, In : Interactive Media. 9

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Selecting a directional methodology for a creative practice film

    Sergi, M., 2010, Refereed proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) conference 2010: Media, democracy and change. McCallum, K. (ed.). p. 1-11 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Canberra International Film Festival 2003 - 2008

    Sergi, M., 2008

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibitionResearch

  • Activities

    • 2 Invited talk

    Storyboarding: Using QCAA Template

    Michael Sergi (Speaker)

    9 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Media and the Future of Employment

    Michael Sergi (Keynote speaker)

    10 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Queensland film industry held hostage by Federal MP

    Michael Sergi


    3 items of Media coverage

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    Guildford student takes out BUFTA with film dedicated to late grandmother

    Michael Sergi


    3 items of Media coverage

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    Guildford Student Takes Out BUFTA With Film Dedicated to Late Grandmother

    Michael Sergi


    1 item of Media coverage

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    A step closer to the industry for nominees of Bond University Film & TV Awards

    Michael Sergi


    2 items of Media coverage

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    Big-screen break for high school film enthusiasts

    Michael Sergi


    3 items of Media coverage

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