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The Will To Fly


Love Notes


The Lost Thing

Animation / Short

Off Course


Children Collide: Praying for Sunshine

Music Video

Jack Daniels "Tennessee Honey"


'The Letter K'


The Melbourne Food And Wine Festival


Winston Churchill Fellowship



Leo Baker has actively worked in the motion picture industry since he was 17. In 2010 Leo completed animating the film ‘The Lost Thing’ which won many international awards, including the 2011 Academy Award™ for Best Animated Short Film, the 2010 Annecy Crystal, and the 2010 Grand Prix for Best Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Now at 35, Leo works as a writer / director.

In recent years he has focused on developing original material for short form projects. Leo has shot two live action short films ‘Off Course’ and ‘Love Notes’, both of which are currently circulating film festivals. His music video ‘Praying for Sunshine’ for Children Collide was featured at Spectacle: The Music Video exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) as well as the International Music Video Festival in Paris.

Having grown up on film sets, Leo began his career as a freelance camera assistant and film loader. At 23, he became strongly drawn to modern visual effects and subsequently worked for several years on international feature films as a visual effects artist, eventually specialising in animation.

He worked on major Hollywood titles including Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix, Where The Wild Things Are and Charlotte’s Web. During this time he also lead a team of pre-visualisation artists on Superman Returns, and provided VFX supervision on other smaller productions.

In 2011 Leo was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to research sustainable animation industries around the world, with the intent to reinvigorate the Australian animation industry. This Fellowship further expanded Leo’s professional international relations.

Leo is based in Melbourne, Australia and is now developing some longer form projects. He is currently directing a feature documentary called 

‘The Will To Fly’ about the tumultuous career of Olympic champion aerial skier Lydia Lassila. This is due for release in March, 2016.


  • The official trailer for the feature documentary The Will To Fly is out! The film will be released in cinemas throughout Australia this October, and throughout North America and Europe in 2016.

    August 1, 2015

  • Leo’s first live action drama Off Course has just been released on Indieflix for all to see.

    May 7, 2015

  • Love Notes will at last have its Australian premiere to finish off its film festival circuit in the town of Melbourne where it was filmed. On Thursday May 28th it will feature at St Kilda Film Festival. Please come down and see it on the big screen!

    May 5, 2015

  • Love Notes has been accepted into The Newport Beach Film Festival April 23-30. It will play as part of the shorts program ‘Love Is In The Short Air’ on 04/24/2015 at 8:30 PM in Triangle 1.
    It will also play preceding a feature documentary called “The Crooked Tune, An Old Time Fiddler In A Modern World”, on 4/30/2015 at 5:00 PM in Islands 7, the way short films used to be seen!

    May 4, 2015


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