Steven Arriagada

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Steven Arriagada is an Indigenous Chilean-Italian screenwriter and director. He grew up in the ’90s in Springvale, an outer suburb of Melbourne’s South East, known for being the first stop for new waves of immigrants and a high crime rate.

Steven’s debut as director, writer and producer, NATHAN LOVES RICKY MARTIN was AACTA and Dendy nominated for Best Short Film. It also ranked 6th in AACTA’s short films of the decade. He then adapted the short into a pilot, which was nominated for the AWG Monte Miller Award for best long-form script.

He is currently under commission to create two series, one with Exile Entertainment and the other with Endemol Shine, which he is currently in development for. He recently wrote Episode 7 of Season 2 of Stan’s hit series BUMP after previously writing Episode 7 in the first series. Steven was credited with ‘story by’ on Episode 2 of the first season.

Steven’s noteworthy credits include shadow showrunning with Louise Fox and Tony Ayres on ABC/Netflix’s GLITCH S3 and director, writer and producer on his short WATCH OUT FOR THE AUSTRALIANS!! starring Kuni Hashimoto (WOLVERINE), which was award nominated at Festival du Nouveau Cinema and St Kilda Film Festival. He has also directed Hugh Jackman in video segments of his Broadway to Oz show.

Until NATHAN LOVES RICKY MARTIN premiered in 2016, Steven was mostly working in below-the-line production jobs, including shooting the Australian Open for ESPN. He has also worked in development roles such as Story Analyst for Studio Canal through the Australian Writers Guild /Scripted Ink.

Steven won the Arclight / Chinalight feature film initiative through Screen Australia and won the Script Pipeline First Look competition. He has also been nominated for Best Short Film at Montreal Festival of New Cinema twice.

Additionally Steven works as a creative across several formats, including comic book creation, theatre and experimental visual arts.