Steven Arriagada

Directors, Writers

Steven Arriagada is an Indigenous Chilean-Italian screenwriter and director, with a keen eye for and interest in genre work.

In 2022, he was 1 of 18 selected to participate in Netflix’s Grow Creative initiative for emerging writers. Steven has written multiple episodes of Stan’s hit series BUMP and is writing on multiple feature film projects for Toni Collette and Vocab Films. He is currently developing projects with Endemolshine Australia and New Sparta in the UK.

Steven’s debut as director, writer and producer, NATHAN LOVES RICKY MARTIN was AACTA and Dendy nominated for Best Short Film. It 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.

Steven shadowed showrunners Louise Fox and Tony Ayres on ABC/Netflix’s GLITCH (Season 3). He was director, writer and producer on 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.

Formerly, 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.

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