Belinda ChaykoScreenwriter | Director

Belinda Chayko is an award-winning writer and director of film and television.

Belinda was the showrunner on the ABC series Fires, released in 2021 on ABC and ABC iview. Fires won Belinda the 2021 AACTA award for Best Miniseries or Telefeature. Belinda was the showrunner on Safe Harbour, which won the 2019 International Emmy for best TV Series and the AACTA for best screenplay. Additionally, Safe Harbour won the Silver Bird Prize at the Seoul International Drama Awards, seven AACTAs and four LOGIEs.

Her writing credits for television include the mini-drama series Stateless (ABC), staring Cate Blanchett and Dominic West, which earned her an AWGIE nomination for Best Series, an AACTA nomination for Best Screenplay in Television and a C21 Media Award Nomination for Best International Miniseries. Belinda wrote on the political drama Secret City (Foxtel), starring Jacki Weaver and Anna Torv. Belinda also wrote on Fighting Season (Foxtel), nominated for a Screen Producers Award for Best Mini Series of the year, and additionally earning Belinda an AWGIEs nomination for Best Miniseries. Belinda wrote on the ABC drama miniseries, Barracuda, which won an Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Award in 2017.

Belinda has written on a number of television projects including Old School (ABC) for Matchbox Pictures, Newton’s Law, and the hugely popular Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (ABC) for Every Cloud Productions

Belinda’s 2010 feature film Lou, starring John Hurt, screened in competition at a number of international film festivals, including Busan, Rome and Palm Springs. Lou won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil, and the Grand Jury Prize at the St Tropez Film Festival. Her first feature, City Loop, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2000.

Belinda has also made a number of award-winning short films and wrote the AWGIE award-winning telemovie, Saved (SBS).

She is in development on several film and television projects.

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