Megan Riakos is a Screenwriter and Director with a passion for telling stories that engage and provoke. She recently completed her debut feature film Crushed, a mystery thriller set in the beautiful Australian wine region of Mudgee. Crushed screened at a number of festivals including Montreal World Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival and Napa Valley Film Festival before completing a successful limited theatrical release in Australia. She has also completed over a dozen short films ranging from the psychological thriller The Shed to the 1930’s crime drama 50-50 and even an experimental dance film The Eye of the Beholder. Her tastes are eclectic but it’s the love of telling a good story no matter the genre that attracts Megan the most.
Megan’s screenplays have also garnered acclaim. Her period drama The Last Reprieve was awarded the Grand Prize in the Greater Philadelphia SIP Screenplay competition and her political drama Victory and Defeat made the semi-finals in the Final Draft Big Break Competition.
Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Media Arts and Production) at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and has completed both a Graduate Certificate in Screen Drama (Writing and Directing) and a Graduate Diploma in Directing at the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). During 2012-13, she also completed the Professional Screenwriters Program at UCLA. Megan is currently the co-chapter head of the Sydney chapter of Film Fatales – a global female feature film directors’ collective, as well as an active committee member of WIFT NSW where she is a mentor as a part of the WIFT Big Screen Sister Initiative.
Megan is currently in development on her second feature, a science fiction thriller called Traceless.