Ashleigh McArthur is an Australian filmmaker and former diplomat currently pursuing an M.F.A in Documentary Film. She is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and the recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant. Before arriving at Stanford she collaborated with BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa, Mountain) and her 2017 student film Pat's Studio premiered at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art with the Antenna Documentary Festival.
Prior to her filmmaking career Ashleigh spent eight years in the Australian foreign service, where she contributed to public policy on security, human rights and climate change and represented Australia in Solomon Islands, Mexico and the US. Her final role was Director of Public Diplomacy at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, where she was responsible for managing the cultural and public affairs portfolios. She speaks fluent Spanish.
UFVA Carol Fielding Grant, 2020
Stanford Diversity and Innovation Inclusion Fund (DIF) Award, 2020
Telluride Student Symposium Fellowship, 2019
American-Australian Arts Fund Award, 2019
Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, 2018