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Dr Max Schleser

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. Creative Arts, University of Westminster, United Kingdom


Max Schleser (B.A. Hons, M.A., Ph.D.) is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television and Researcher in the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies (CTMT) at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia), Adobe Education Leader, Founder of the Mobile Innovation Network & Association ( and Screening Director of the International Mobile Innovation Screening & Festival. Max’s research expertise are Immersive Media and Creative Arts 4.0 with a focus on Cinematic VR and interactive filmmaking. His research explores Screen Production, Emerging Media and Smartphone Filmmaking for community engagement, creative transformation and transmedia storytelling.

Max’s experimental films, moving-image arts and cinematic VR projects are screened at film festivals and exhibited in galleries as well as museums ( His community engaged documentaries are broadcasted on TV and online ( Max co-edited the books Mobile Media Making in an Age of Smartphones and Mobile Story Making in an Age of Smartphones, published with Palgrave MacMillan, and edited journals for Ubiquity, the Journal of Pervasive Media and the Journal of Creative Technologies. He conceptualised and conducted digital storytelling workshops for a number of cultural institutes, city councils and government bodies in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. His industry consultancy includes projects for Adobe, BBC, Nokia, Frontier Strategy and Open Lab, among other agencies and production companies.

Research interests

Digital Media, Film and Television

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Screen And Digital Media - 360500

Teaching areas

Digital Media, Film and Television


  • 2020, International, Innovation Award, MoJo Awards
  • 2020, International, Award Winner: Best Film Climate Change & Conservation, African Smartphone International Film Festival
  • 2018, Swinburne, Dean's Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2013, International, Special Nomination award at the 2nd International Short Film Festival , Cinephone
  • 2013, International, International Visiting Research Scholar, Monmouth University
  • 2012, International, Early Career Award - Research, Massey University (NZ)


Also published as: Schleser, Max; Schleser, M.; Schleser, Max R. C.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: ACMI Public Art Commission Interaction Design Study *; Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • 2019: Nucleus *; Goethe Institution
  • 2018: Free from Violence *; Department of Health and Human Services Fund Scheme
  • 2017: 60+ Online: Enhancing Social Inclusion through Digital Stories and Social Media Participation *; Boroondara City Council

* Chief Investigator