Alena Lodkina is a Russian-born filmmaker based in Melbourne. She has made fiction and documentary short films that have played at festivals around the world, including Melbourne International Film Festival, Message to Man, Antenna Documentary Festival and Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival. She works as a film editor, recently editing director Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s feature length performance film The Silent Eye (2016). She is a member of the Fountain Vista Collective. Lightning Ridge is her first feature project.