creating stories that connect

Bio: writer & director

Jim has studied and applied the craft of screen storytelling for 19 years across film, TV and digital media. He is the creator of award winning interactive cross-media production: forget the rules (FTR, 39 x 3min, 2005 – budget A$655,000);  the first comedy-drama series in the world to broadcast all episodes on TV, online, and mobiles (Foxtel & 3-Hutchison). FTR2 (30 x 3min, 2007 – budget A$450,000) was funded by Optus TV & Film Victoria and broadcast on Foxtel, Optus TV, You Tube and Optus Mobiles.

Jim produced Mordy Koots in 2009 (10 x 4min – budget A$250,000), starring Shane Jacobson (Kenny, Oddball); featuring a world-first visual concept conceived and directed by Clayton Jacobson (Kenny), funded by Screen Australia and broadcast by ninemsn. FTR1, FTR2 & MK represent the equivalent of 11 x half-hours of comedy-drama.

Trailers & info: ‘forget the rules’ & ‘Mordy Koots’

In January 2011 Jim directed his first short film, Sidekick, which led immediately to freelance directing work for major Australian brands such as Ansell, CGU Insurance, Deakin University, Headspace, Berri Juice, Australian Stroke Foundation, Elite Caravans & AGL Power.  Brand Caressed Feelosophy and  Brand Caressed Videos

Jim Shomos Greg Tepper Award

Greg Tepper Award


Jim has attracted production or development funding from Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation for feature film, TV and digital media projects. He has studied or worked with international script gurus such as: Michael Hauge (LA), Stephen Cleary (UK/France), Robert McKee (LA) and Steve Kaplan(LA).

Jim has been a regular speaker or mentor at digital media workshops & seminars for film schools, universities and government agencies across Australia; and was an official speaker in Cannes at MIPCOM 2007, MIPTV 2008 & 2009. He also worked as a storyliner on Neighbours, copywriter on Sale of The Century, and is a published songwriter (lyricist). Jim studied writing and production at AFTRS in Sydney in 1998 following a business and marketing background.


Awards & Nominations

  • 2017: AWGIE Nomination: Documentary in Community, Educational & Training – for Headspace & Victorian Education Department. 2017 AWGIE Nomination
  • 2016: Quarter Finalist in Shore Scripts Features Competition for ‘Up Here’ (almost 3000 entries)
  • 2015: Winner Best Web Video (writer/director) – Australian Video Producers Association National Awards – Deakin University Campus videos (four campuses) Deakin University Burwood Campus
  • 2013: ‘Caravans for Refugees’ (writer/director). Judges’ Top-20 films, Adelaide Shorts Film Festival
  • 2013: ‘Caravans for Refugees’ selected for closing night screening: Made in Melbourne Film Festival
  • 2011: ‘Sidekick’ (Director/co-writer; first short film) leads to directing work for major Australian brands
  • 2010: Encore Magazine, #30 in Australian film & TV Power 50 list
  • 2010: Top-5 in Australian Writers’ Guild ‘Romantic Comedy feature screenplay competition’: “Up Here”
  • 2010: Selected as member of AWG Pathways
  • 2008: AWGIE nomination for writing on FTR2
  • 2007: Co-winner of the Greg Tepper award, Film Victoria.
  • 2006: FTR winner Best Interactive Format, MIPCOM (Cannes)
  • 2006: FTR nominated Best Original Content, MIPCOM (Cannes)

Former Victorian Chapter Head, Screen Producers Association Australia (SPAA)

Member Australian Writers Guild (AWG)

Passion for mint dark chocolate, Arsenal, Melbourne Victory and blueberry muffins…

Short Bio

Jim has studied and applied the craft of screen storytelling for 19 years.

Mike’s hoping for someone to yell “cut”…

In 2010 he was ranked #30 by Encore Magazine in the ‘Australian Film & TV Power-50’. He has also been recognised with nominations and awards in Cannes, Film Victoria and the Australian Writers Guild. Jim has attracted development and/or production funding for his projects from: Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. He has applied his brand-caressed feelosophy to videos and TVCs for brands including: CGU Insurance, Ansell, Deakin University, Berri Juice, Australian Stroke Foundation, Elite Caravans, AGL Power and Headspace.