With a strong background in animation and visual effects Sandy Widyanata is a commercial and film director whose experience in supervising teams of animators, compositors and 3D artist has led to her ability to direct films with visual effects heavy components. This makes her a rare female helmer in the otherwise male dominated animation and CG scene.
Sandy studied at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Australia’s premier film school. Her short film Plastic has won multiple awards and screened at over 50 film festivals around the world. In 2009 Sandy received a Visual Effects Society Award in the student category, which was introduced by Steven Spielberg. She was also nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award (AFI/ AACTA) and won an Australian Effects and Animation Award (AEAF) in 2010. She came on to the scene in 2012 with her Amblin-style short film Project M.I.C.K., which was runner up at the Cannes Lions Young Director Award.
Sandy started her career in film and television as a production assistant for West Deutscher Rundfunk (WDR), one of Germany’s main public television broadcasters, while commencing a B.A. in film and communications at the University of Bochum, Germany in 1998. Shortly after she made a short animated film, which was invited to screen at a film festival in Sydney, Australia. She travelled with the film, found work as a designer and visual effects artist and made Down Under her new home.
Sandy has directed commercials for such clients like ABC Australia, HTC, Greenpeace and Cadbury. Her commercial work won a Golden Promax and Bronze AWARD.
Sandy moved to Los Angeles in 2013. Since she booked Lionsgate and Temple Hill’s project Goodbye For Now, written by Jonathan Tropper. She won the studio assignment by solely producing and directing a short film based on the script.
In 2016 Sandy was hired by Strange Weather Films to direct Monument 14, the first film in a series based on the sci-fi book trilogy by author Emmy Laybourne, adapted by Laybourne and director Brad Peyton.
The same year Sandy was attached to direct The Way Between, written and to be produced by Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lee (Frozen).
She is currently attached to direct techno-thriller The Feed for producer Uri Singer and murder-mystery thriller Down River, based on the New-York-Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning novel by John Hart, adapted by Blacklist writer Neville Kiser and to be produced by Christopher Kopp and Milan Popelka.
Born and raised in Germany to Chinese-Indonesian parents, Sandy holds German and Australian citizenship.