Mr Elliot Kotek

Distinguished Alumni Award 2015 - Faculty of Science Mr Elliot Kotek is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of The Nation of Artists, the Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder of...

Distinguished Alumni Award 2015 - Faculty of Science

Mr Elliot Kotek is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of The Nation of Artists, the Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder of Not Impossible Labs, the Executive Director of the Not Impossible Foundation and the Editor-In-Chief and Founder of Beyond Cinema.

Mr Kotek’s films, writing and branded content transform complex elements into inspirational stories.  

As content chief, key creative and co-founder of Not Impossible, and executive director of The Not Impossible Foundation, Mr Kotek believes in appropriating technology for the sake of humanity, and believes great content can amplify one’s story to help thousands.

A former solicitor in Australia and New York, Mr Kotek holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.  He also studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting.

His media contributions span several forms. As the founder of The Nation of Artists, founder and editor-in-chief of Beyond Cinema, and former editor-in-chief of both Moving Pictures and Celebs.com, Mr Kotek has guided and contributed to dozens of international entertainment publications and programs.  

The feature documentary he co-produced - 140 - was the first user-generated feature film utilising social-media; Little Larry, which Mr Kotek wrote, received a Directors Guild of Canada nomination; and the documentary Queen Mimi with Marie Haist and comedian Zach Galifianakis, recently won awards at festivals in New York and France.

It is 2014s Project Daniel that cemented Not Impossible’s vision. They sent a team to Sudan to 3D-print prosthetic limbs for a 14 year old boy who had lost both his arms in a bomb blast. The new left limb enabled Daniel to feed himself for the first time in two years, and the world's first 3D-printing prosthetics lab was then established with the help of trained locals. Supported by Intel and Precipart, Project Daniel content is archived in the permanent collection of New York’s MoMA.

Mr Kotek’s work has received over a billion media impressions, has been honored with three Cannes Lions (including the Titanium Lion), SxSW Interactive’s Innovation Award, four One Show Pencils, five Telly Awards, two AICP Awards, three Maggie Awards, the NYU/Tisch Craft Award` and selection at TEDMED.  

He is fortunate to have spoken at Nexus Global Youth Summit at the United Nations, South-by-Southwest, SIGGRAPH, NxNE, Doha GOALS Forum, Social Innovation Summit, UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, Dell’s Entrepreneur’s Summit, 3D Printer World Expo and many other premier events.

Mr Kotek currently resides in Los Angeles with wife Elizabeth and young son Sam.