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Ivan Malekin
b. June 11, 1982, Footscray, Victoria, Australia.

BIOGRAPHY:   Ivan Malekin found film with a little serendipity back in 2007 and has never looked back.

He is an award-winning director and editor, his films ranging from the dark and twisted to the raw and riotous. He tells stories that engage and entertain and seeks the challenge, the dash of unique, the heart in every project.

His 2012 feature film, Dace Decklan: Private Eye, is insane, picking up an apt award at the notorious Melbourne Underground Film Festival, and available exclusively on Monster Box TV courtesy of Monster Pictures.


He is the Founder and Director of the Made In Melbourne Film Festival, now six years old and the only festival exclusively for Victorian filmmakers. In 2013 MIM was supported by the Melbourne City Council. Ivan also founded and ran Melbourne's premier monthly film event, Short Cut, from 2010 to 2012.

He is the former lead editor and script writer at Switch International, a force in global distribution of factual programming. With a Degree in Professional Writing and Editing, Ivan has also spent time as a journalist for YouWeekly, an online magazine highlighting everyday people and communities. Today, his focus has 'switched' to various pursuits. He is a freelance Video Editor, working mainly in the corporate environment, though he seizes opportunities to work on independent film whenever possible. In 2014 Ivan is planning to produce and direct his second feature film. 

His first love remains Nexus Production Group, his own independent film production outfit driven by creativity, originality, and passion.


CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   Why do I make films? I have never thought too hard on that question before. The answer has always seemed obvious – because I enjoy it. Yet looking only a little deeper there is so much more. I have always been introverted, the shy quiet kid in school, low on confidence but big on dreams, inside a clown and entertainer and philosopher and debater dying to escape. I was always drawn to creativity and spent a lot of time living in my imagination. I would lock myself in my room for hours on end and work on short stories and fantasy novels with whole make-believe cultures and histories swirling in my head. 

I went on to do a Diploma and then a Bachelor in Professional Writing & Editing but it wasn't until University where I first gave a thought to making films. It happened quite by accident. I helped a friend make a film, a no-budget, no-idea feature film with me as a masked serial killer running around the 'jungles' of Brimbank Park in St Albans. I had a hand in the script and seeing your characters interpreted by strangers, hearing your dialogue spoken out loud, watching your plots and ideas come to life … it was eye-opening. It was immediate, it was intimate, and, unlike writing which is an isolating pursuit, it was gregarious and collaborative. A shared experience. I was instantly hooked. I was a filmmaker.

I try not to limit myself to any particular styles or themes. I have experimented in most genres from westerns to musicals to anime and animation. Comedy seems to be the genre I return to most – we should never take ourselves too seriously after all. But I do feel a yearning for that defining dramatic piece, a dark exploration of the human condition, a relationship with an actor that pushes us both to the limits of our creativity, a multi-layered work that has that special something to say. I'm not sure what that 'something' is yet. But I know I'll keep making films until I do. Then undoubtedly beyond that as – and all committed filmmakers will understand – this is a lifetime passion and pursuit.

- Ivan Malekin, March 2014.



Grey (2007, 14 mins, video, drama)

Welcome to Heaven (2007, 9 mins, video, experimental)

Good Morning (2007, 5 mins, video, experimental)

Sibling (2008, 10 mins, digital, horror)

Ordinary (2009, 50 mins, digital, musical / comedy, incomplete)

Eternal (2010, 8 mins, digital, comedy)

Dace Decklan: Private Eye (2012, 73 mins, digital, comedy)

Reckoning (2012, 11 mins, digital, thriller)

El Western (2013, 25 mins, digital, western / comedy)


Dace Decklan: Private Eye

All articles and interviews relate to the Made In Melbourne Film Festival.

“Short and sweet focus for St Albans filmmaker” by Paula Maud, Brimbank Leader, July 2009.

“Cinema buff dreams big for small films” by Suzanne Carbone, The Age, December 2010.

“Film: A warm inner glow at BMW Edge”, The Herald Sun, December 2010.

“Made In Melbourne Film Festival” by Stephen A Russell, Melbourne Weekly, December 2011.

“Shoot! What a great place to film the end of the Earth” by Philippa Hawker, The Age, June 2013.

Various radio interviews on programs such Film Buff Forecast, 3CR Showreel, Media Moves Cinema Scene, Movie Metropolis, etc.

© Ivan Malekin, March 2014.

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