Siobhán Costigan is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and graduate of the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney. She is also an experienced creative director, designer and copywriter with a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication (First Class Honours) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), where she currently teaches part-time.
Siobhán’s first documentary, How the Light Gets In had its world premiere at the Academy Award®-qualifying St Kilda Film Festival in 2013, and has since screened at several international festivals in Australia, Europe and the US, including the Academy Award®-qualifying Heartland Film Festival, where it won a coveted Crystal Heart Award. How the Light Gets In recently screened on SBS Television in Australia and the international distribution rights to the film were acquired by ShortsHD.
Siobhán has since made four other documentary shorts, including Freak, which had its world premiere at the St Kilda Film Festival, and has screened at a number of other prominent festivals in Australia, Europe, the US and India, and was recently selected to screen as part of Virgin's local and international in-flight entertainment program. Another short film, The Fall, won a Gold Award for Cinematography at the Australian Cinematographers Society Awards.
In 2015, Siobhán co-founded the purpose-driven creative agency, PEOPLE LIKE US, whose mission is to change the conversation around important social justice and environmental issues through storytelling, education and community engagement. Through PEOPLE LIKE US, Siobhán has produced a number of successful short films and worked on creative campaigns for NGOs including Amnesty International, Caritas Internationalis, Welcoming Australia, the Refugee Council of Australia, Settlement Services International and the House of Welcome.
Aside from her work with PEOPLE LIKE US, Siobhán is currently developing a number of short and long-form documentary projects, including a television series called Making It Right, which is being produced by NBC Universal, and Dying to Sleep, a feature-length film about the modern day insomnia epidemic.