Dr Nico Meißner
Nico Meißner is a senior lecturer at Griffith Film School, Brisbane, Australia, which he joined in January 2016. He was formerly a senior lecturer at Multimedia University in Malaysia, where he was Head of the Faculty of Cinematic Arts and Programme Coordinator of the Bachelor in Cinematic Arts – a programme designed in collaboration with the University of Southern California and with close ties to Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios. Nico has completed his PhD at the University of Salford, UK, researching how independent filmmakers are building audiences on the Internet.
Nico is generally a fan of all sorts of independent cultural entrepreneurship. His research is concerned with the impact of new technologies on independent filmmaking. He is currently establishing a Story Accelerator in Malaysia that combines aspects of storytelling and technology fundraising to help independent filmmakers to build audiences and commercialise their work in a sustainable way that utilizes the advantages of digital media.
Besides his academic work, Nico has edited a number of documentary films, of which Connect (O’Keeffe, 2011) was funded by the Irish Arts Council, The Pieces of Me (O’Keeffe, 2010; http://www.carolokeeffedocumentary.com/) shown on Irish national broadcaster TG4 and awarded Best European Documentary at the Heart of England Film Festival, and Extravio (Hernandez-Calderon, 2007) selected for the official programme of Visions du Reel (Nyon, Switzerland). From 2000 to 2014, Nico co-organised Immergut Festival (http://www.immergutrocken.de/) – one of the most popular and culturally influential independent music festivals in his native Germany.