Dan Ilic is one of Australia’s most prolific comedy filmmakers. Dan has been making television for ten years. His credits include: 702 ABC Sydney (ABC) Australia’s Funniest Home Videos (Nine), The Olympic Show (NBC), The Ronnie Johns Half Hour (Ten), The Mansion (Comedy), Hungry Beast (ABC), Hamster Wheel (ABC), Can of Worms (Ten), The Feed (SBS2), Dateline (SBS), and Studio 10 (Ten) .
Dan is creator and executive producer of A Rational Fear, running a newsroom of comedians and digital producers to produce satirical videos, infographics and sellout live comedy events. From humble beginnings live on stage in a pub, Dan led a crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 (and an additional $200,000 via philanthropy) to produce a 13 week season of A Rational Fear digital comedy. A Rational Fear has been nominated for a Walkley Young Journalist of the Year Award (James Colley in the Innovation category), sold out the Sydney Opera House twice, and produces satirical content for Guardian Australia.
Downwind Media, Dan’s branded entertainment company, has been responsible for some of the most talked about campaigns in the last ten years. Some of the clients Dan has created work for include, Dick Smith Foods, Vic Roads, Get Up!, Apple, GAME, Mitsubishi Electric, The Australian Olympic Committee, Honda, and The Commonwealth Bank.
As a video journalist for Fairfax, Dan covered the DNC in Denver, the Sundance Film Festival and broke the news to the world of Heath Ledger’s death in New York City.
In 2011 Dan wrote and directed Y2GAY which became a finalist at Tropfest, and since played at over 20 film festivals around the world.
As a comedian Dan has performed on stage and at festivals all around the world, including New York, Edinburgh and Afghanistan. He is the creator of Sydney sketch club night Comicide, and co-founded the long running Sydney improv show Full Body Contact No Love Tennis, and the live satirical smash hit radio program A Rational Fear (FBi Radio / ABC RN).
Dan’s commitment to causing trouble for a good cause reached fever pitch with his Melbourne Fringe Festival show Beaconsfield: A Musical in A Flat Minor, which chronicled the media exploitation of the Beaconsfield mine disaster.
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