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Trav Akbar

Screenwriter | Producer | Director

Trav is a Waljen man from the Wongutha People of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. He was raised on Wirangu country on the South Australian West Coast and currently resides on Peramangk Country in the Adelaide Hills.

Travis loves to write film and television that feature diverse characters and storylines that are able to draw out honest conversations about racism, sexism, violence, colonisation, and other real-life matters through the interrogation of people, places and events. He also has a passion for documentary.

Travis was mentored from 2019 to 2021 by experienced, credited Hollywood screenwriter Steph Lady (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1994 and Doctor Dolittle, 1998).

Education, Experiance & Acheivements


  • Awarded Production funds for short film “The Mysterious Maiden of Montefiores”
  • Attended Screen Forever as part of Netflix’s Broad Horizon’s cohort
  • Attended Cannes Film Festival as part of AFF Goes to Cannes


  • Wrote, Directed and Co-Produced short film “Tambo” which premiered at Sydney SXSW and featured in Adelaide Flim Festival, Skabmagovat Indigenous Peoples Film Festival among others
  • Wrote, Directed and Co-Produced short documentary “Eskatology: Being Me”, which was given an honourable mention at PADIFF Film Festival
  • Awarded Development Funds for “Revelations” & “The Mish”
  • Optioned Fourth Screenplay (Guard Position)

2019 – 2022

  • Selected for AFTRS State Talent Camp & AFTRS National Talent Camp
  • Selected for Matchbox Pictures Spark TV Workshop & Hoodlum Pictures rom-com Workshop.
  • Wrote “BIOS” Pilot Episode for Guiding Star Entertainment
  • Optioned 2 x Screenplays (“Cyclone” & “Outkaste”)
  • Sold 2 x Screenplays (“The Holy Lance” – Fibonacci Films & “Spithood” – Firestick Films)
  • Wrote pilot episode for “Containment” with Fibonacci Films
  • Finalist, Screen Australia’s Writer’s Incubator Initiative
  • Awarded DAF Centralized Fellowship
  • Selected for Australians in Film Untapped Initiative (380 applicants)
  • Selected for South Australian Film Corporations Film Lab 2 program
  • Selected for South Australian Film Corporation Short Film Initiative
  • Selected for Channel 44 TV Initiative
  • Finalist, AACTA Regional Landscapes Competition
  • Completed SAFC Supported Directors Attachment on “The Red”
Frequent Collaborators