I live and work on the stolen country of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
Sovereignty was never ceded.


Dannika Horvat is an award winning writer and director from Melbourne. Drawn to telling stories that focus on young women, Dannika deals with themes of sexuality and moral ambiguity. 

Dannika is best known for her 2014 graduate short film, The Summer of ABC Burns, for which she was nominated Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year at the 2015 Byron Bay Film Festival and awarded Best Director at the 2016 Melbourne Queer Film Festival. 

The film went on to win such accolades as the Audience Choice Award at the St Kilda Film Festival in 2015 and Best Tertiary Fiction at the 2015 ATOM Awards, and has screened at festivals including Palm Springs International Shortfest 2015, San Francisco Short Film Festival 2015 and Flickerfest 2016.

Dannika graduated with Film Class Honours in a Master of Screenwriting from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016. In 2017 Dannika worked in the development team of Matchbox Pictures, as executive assistant to Tony Ayres. Dannika’s commercial directing credits include clients such as Qantas and The Yes Alliance.

Dannika is currently in post-production for a short film, and is in development for her first feature length narrative and mini series.

Alongside filmmaking, Dannika's photography clientele include Acclaim Magazine, Ladies of Leisure and Oats the Label.  Dannika’s photography focuses on documenting intimate moments and is inspired by quiet, private places.