Michael’s short film ‘The Projectionist’ premiered at the 40th New York Film Festival in 2002. It was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2003 Tampere Film Festival (Finland), and went on to win a further ten international awards at festivals in Valladolid (Spain), Los Angeles, Nashville, Melbourne and Sydney, and screen at over seventy film festivals and events worldwide - most recently at a special event at the Julliard School, New York City. In 2016 it will be part of a major film retrospective in Frankfurt, Germany.
Michael holds both a Masters degree in Film and Television, specialising in Directing, from AFTRS, and teaches screen acting and directing. He has presented programs of his work to audiences in Zagreb, Dresden, New York, Telluride, Szolnok (Hungary) and London.
In 2004 he was invited to be an International Judge at the 34th Tampere Film Festival, has been an active member of the pre-selection panel for the Sydney Film Festival, and in 2014 was a guest judge for the ATOM awards in Australia.
Michael Bates is a member of Kinodot jury 2015