I like sci-fi and swear a lot. Like... A LOT.

(But only at the right moments.)



I'm a Writer/Director, sometime producer and human woman.

Stef Smith is a director and writer who has worked within television, film and commercial across many genres. Stef has directed narrative drama, comedy, sci-fi, mockumentary, factual, observational documentary and music video projects.

Stef has most recently wrapped directing an 11 x half hour episode original narrative series for Audible Originals Australia.


Stef was a recipient for Create NSW 2017 Generator: Emerging Filmmaker’s Fund for her award winning short film Joy Boy as Writer/Director. Winner of Best Australian Short Film at MQFF 2019. Winner Best Director, Best Screenplay and Audience Choice award at Freshflix, Vivid Sydney 2019.


Stef is a recipient of the 2018 Australian Director's Guild Commercial and Content Mentorship program and is placed with Photoplay Films in Sydney. Stef was selected by Create NSW to attend the MIFF Accelerator Director's Lab 2018 alongside the most promising emerging directors from Australia and New Zealand. Towards the end of 2018 Stef's narrative drama miniseries was shortlisted for a Sundance Lab and is currently in development with funding from Create NSW as part of their #SheDirects initiative.

Stef directed and produced ABC iView sketch comedy series The Lost Tapes funded by ABC and Screen Australia, as part of their Fresh Blood initiative; and completed a Director’s Attachment for the ABC/Netflix series The Letdown for both Series One and Two. 


Commercially, Stef has directed multiple advertising campaigns including a feminist beer ad for Young Henrys, an observational documentary campaign series for National Disability Services, a mockumentary comedy series for Westpac, an inclusion and diversity campaign for Commonwealth Bank as well as Rio Tinto, and factual campaigns for Down Syndrome Australia and Family Planning Australia.


For the past three years until June 2019 Stef has tutored at Bus Stop Films - the not-for-profit filmmaking school for young adults with an intellectual disability.

Stef has shadowed directors on Feature Films and TV series in Australia and the United States on attachments with directors Trent O'Donnell, Rachel Ward and Cate Shortland.

Stef is mother to two humans; Edie and Igby. They’re great.