Headed by producer Melissa Kelly, Factor 30 Films is a Western Australian based production company committed to producing screen content that engages, entertains and enlightens audiences worldwide. The company champions bold, creative storytelling with women in the lead on and off screen.
The company’s focus is feature films and scripted TV series. Recent productions include feature documentary LAURA’S CHOICE by writer/ director/ producers Sam Lara and Cathy Henkel which premiered at the 2021 NZ DocEdge Film Festival winning the Fearless/ Matatoa Award. Other notable projects include the heartwarming feature film I MET A GIRL by writer Glen Dolman, director Luke Eve and producer Adam Dolman starring Brenton Thwaites, Joel Jackson and Lily Sullivan; the 9 x AACTA Award nominated feature film HOUNDS OF LOVE (Venice, Tribeca, SXSW, Sitges and Busan film festivals) by writer/ director Ben Young starring Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Ashleigh Cummings and Susie Porter; and the ABC iView comedy online series, AUSSIE RANGERS starring Jon Bell, Shareena Clanton, Lisa Flanagan and Calen Tassone.
Factor 30 Films won the Screen Producers’ Australia (SPA) Award for Break Through Business of the Year in 2017.
Factor 30 Films’ productions have screened theatrically and at major international film festivals in Australia, North America, Europe, Asia and the United Kingdom and won numerous Australian and international screen awards.
Company Principal Melissa Kelly has worked in the Australian screen industry for over twenty five years and has developed and produced documentaries, feature films, and scripted TV comedy and drama.
Melissa’s producer credits include the AACTA Award winning comedy/ drama TV series UPRIGHT for Lingo Pictures, Foxtel and Sky UK, the feature film HOUNDS OF LOVE starring Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings and Stephen Curry (Venice International Film Festival), I MET A GIRL starring Brenton Thwaites, Lily Sullivan and Joel Jackson (Busan International Film Festival), BLAME starring Kestie Morassi, Damian de Montemas and Ash Zukerman (Toronto International Film Festival), and the ABC iView series AUSSIE RANGERS with Lisa Flanagan, Jon Bell, Calen Tassone and Shareena Clanton.
Melissa has been a guest lecturer in Producing at Notre Dame University, Murdoch University and the WA Screen Academy.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications from Murdoch University.
Melissa has been a member of Screen Producers Australia (SPA) since 2004 and was an FTI Board member from 2014 – 2016.
In his more than twenty five years in the screen industry Ryan has developed, financed and produced short and feature film dramas and produced multiple award-winning television commercials. His producing credits include the feature films I MET A GIRL, BLAME and JUSTICE, and almost 200 commercials for clients including WA Tourism, Lotterywest, Bankwest, Brownes and Ikea.
Ryan has worked at Screenwest at regular intervals since the late 1990’s and he was the agency’s Production Investment Manager from 2012-2016. In that time, he was involved with funding numerous projects including HOTEL COOLGARDIE, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?, WHITELEY, PAPER PLANES, RED DOG:TRUE BLUE, BREATH and JASPER JONES. He also acted in the position of Director of Production where he oversaw the management of Screenwest’s production investment and business development funding programs and advised the agency’s Chief Executive and Board on related policy matters.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television, Language & Culture from Curtin University.
From 2008-2011 Ryan was the Western Australian Chapter Head of Screen Producers Australia (SPA). He is a current John Curtin College of The Arts Board member.