A. Bagins is a filmmaker, who has written, directed, edited and produced short films that have played at A-list festivals, winning numerous awards.
All of her shorts are characterised by a strong sense of visual style and they have been described by critics as: ‘immersive and full of visual spectacle’; ‘stylish and imaginative’ and Bagins as a filmmaker, who is 'capable of grappling with genre mutations and high standard storytelling’.
Despite moving across various genres, there is a common denominator between all of her films and screenplays: they all have an underdog at their heart and depict a kind of violent cinematic poetry.
Bagins' short "Milkmaid" (7 min.) was awarded by DAVID LYNCH (the Honorary OSCAR® recipient behind such titles as TWIN PEAKS; MULHOLLAND DRIVE; WILD AT HEART AND ELEPHANT MAN) garnering the filmmaker a full scholarship to attend David's Master of Fine Arts in Film in the USA.
Another short "Last Tree Standing" (30 min.) premiered at SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival playing in Official Competition and it won over thirty awards on the festival circuit worldwide and from professional Guilds and Associations (including multiple wins for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay). In 2020, the film was in consideration for the OSCARS® Short Film Awards.
She has penned numerous feature-length screenplays, many of which have been recognised internationally:
While undertaking the screenwriting studies at UCLA - Bagins' first feature-length screenplay - a fantasy adventure titled “Elliot”, was nominated for the Nate Wilson Joie de Vivre Award (an award for the best screenplay in the academic year);
Her Pilot for a limited series titled “Shadowodd” - an eco-thriller set in dystopia, was selected as a finalist in an international story lab sponsored by HBO and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Bagins' latest work - a psychological horror titled “Storm” secured the NYX Horror Collective Fellowship and was a finalist for the Stowe Story Labs, Stage 32, and Catalyst Studios Empowering Women Screenwriting Competition.
A. Bagins was repeatedly invited by the Australian Screen Editors Guild (ASE) to be a member of the jury for their prestigious annual ELLIE Awards.
In 2022, she was granted the EB-1A visa for the USA - a green card for foreign nationals who demonstrate extraordinary ability in the arts based on sustained national and international acclaim and she has recently moved to Los Angeles.
A. Bagins is currently developing a feature film debut as well as writing a satirical short western for a New Zealand based company titled “She who carries the wind of change", which is to be a part of a feature film anthology..