Alies is a screenwriter and director. In 2022, she directed an episode of hit ABC comedy series AFTERTASTE, starring Erik Thomson, Rachel Griffiths and Natalie Abbott. Her TV series, THE ASTROGIRL COLUMN, produced by Film Camp (Brazen Hussies, Galore) is currently in development and she has worked as a script producer for companies including Stan, SBS, Closer Productions and Highview Productions. She’s also a 2020 BAFTA Newcomer, a Berlinale Talent and General Sir John Monash Scholar.
Her short film, AYAAN was longlisted for an Academy Award® and screened worldwide, winning 30+ awards including an Australian Directors Guild Award, Best International Short at Show Me Shorts Festival (NZ), Best Short Fiction and Best Tertiary Fiction at the ATOM Awards and Best Short Film at CinefestOZ amongst many others. AYAAN was also nominated for an AWGIE, a Dendy Award at Sydney Film Festival and the Grand Prix at Tampere International Film Festival. Her second short, MYTH was selected for the 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival, garnered Alies a 2023 Australian Directors Guild Award nomination for Best Direction in a Short Film, and won the Rebel 8 Outstanding Emerging Female Director Award at the 2023 Flickerfest International Short Film Festival.
Prior to becoming a director, Alies worked as a violinist and AACTA nominated film and TV composer, performing in over 55 countries with artists including Nitin Sawhney, Sylvie Guillem, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Antony Gormley. She also musically directed Laurence Olivier Award and Time Out Critics Award (UK) nominated productions. She holds an MFA (with honours) from Columbia University, where she studied on a full scholarship and was awarded the university’s top screenwriting prize – the Ezra Litwak Award, as well as the School of the Arts Arthur J. Memorial Prize and a Screenwriting Fellowship.