Nicholas Carlton is an international award-winning film & TV director. He was nominated for a 2016 Australian Directors Guild award for directing a youth suicide prevention campaign for beyondblue, and again in 2017 for directing the music video 'Wanting' for Gordi. His short documentary about a WWII airforce navigator, The Navigator, was distributed by Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC as well as Fairfax Media via The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. He has directed commercials for major brands including Hyundai, Epworth Hospital, Red Cross Blood Service, Holden, Australian Labor Party, Monash University, Lend Lease and Ford.

He has directed high-profile talent including Labor leader Bill Shorten and NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield. In 2015, Nicholas completed a Film Victoria supported director’s attachment on the Foxtel and Fremantle Media television drama Wentworth.

Nicholas has been recognised at worldwide festivals including the New York Television Festival, International Television Festival Los Angeles and the Webby Awards. His work has gone viral, achieving millions of hits and he has spoken and lectured to industry bodies SPAA, Open Channel and AFTRS about cutting-edge filmmaking and distribution.

Nicholas grew up in South East Asia within a multicultural family. He is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.


Nominated - Australian Director's Guild award for Music Videos - 2017 - ‘Wanting’ - Gordi
Nominated - Australian Director's Guild award for Commercials - 2016 - 'Preventing Youth Suicide' - beyondblue
Winner – Best Foreign Series – 2nd Streamy Awards, Los Angeles
Nominated – Best Drama – 2nd Streamy Awards, Los Angeles
Official Honoree – 14th Webby Awards
Winner – Best Web Series – 2009 International Television Festival, Los Angeles
Special Screening – New York Television Festival 2009
VCA Graduate Awards – Best Potential for Theatrical Distribution – 2010
ATOM Awards - Nominated for Best Documentary – 2007
Screening – Fitzroy Shorts – 2005
Guest lecturer at Open Channel – 2014
Guest speaker at Screen Tasmania Digital Conference – 2011
Guest speaker at Friday on My Mind, AFTRS – 2010
Guest speaker at the SPAA Conference – 2011
Guest speaker at Open Channel Frameline – 2010
Guest speaker with Peter Broderick – SPAA Fringe – 2009