Sunday Emerson Gullifer is an award-winning filmmaker based in Sydney, Australia.
In 2016, she was accepted directly into second-year of the Victorian College of the Arts' Master of Film & Television (Narrative). While there, she wrote and directed TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, and was a producer on A BIRTHDAY PARTY.
TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW had its world premiere at Sydney Film Festival in 2017 as a finalist in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, and premiered internationally at Telluride Film Festival as one of just five student films showcased in the Filmmakers of Tomorrow program.
The film was Highly Commended in the Dendy Awards, won Best Performance in an Australian Short Film at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Best Screenplay at Munich International Festival of Film Schools, and Best Masters Narrative Production at the VCA Graduate Awards. For her work on the film, Sunday was also nominated for an Australian Directors' Guild Award—her second ADG nomination—and was nominated for the Sarah Watt Award for a female director.
A BIRTHDAY PARTY also premiered at Sydney Film Festival in 2017 as a finalist in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, and screened at Melbourne International Film Festival in the Accelerator program before premiering internationally at Cork Film Festival in Ireland.
Starting out in theatre, Sunday was selected for Australian Theatre for Young People's National Playwriting Studio in 2013 where she wrote the monologue, MEAT. She later went on to direct the film adaptation of the same name through Metro Screen’s Breaks program, with funding from Screen NSW.
MEAT was nominated for an Australian Directors' Guild Award, won an Australian Cinematographers Society NSW & ACT Silver Award (Short Films), and screened at festivals across Australia and internationally, including the Academy Award® accredited Flickerfest International Short Film Festival. The original monologue was published by Currency Press in 2015 as part of THE VOICES PROJECT: THE ENCORE EDITION.
Her other writing has been widely recognised, winning the Henry Lawson Prize for Prose, the Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize and the Australasian Publishing Group's national poetry competition, was a finalist in the Melbourne Writers Festival 'Write to the Limit' competition and runner up in the Australian Human Rights Commission's essay competition.
Sunday also holds a Master of Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts (Performance Studies & American Studies) from the University of Sydney.