Molded by the gruesome horror films she was introduced to a far too young an age (thanks Mom!), Ariel Sinelnikoff has dedicated her filmmaking career to alchemizing life’s grim realities into hyper stylized genre films. Exploring such issues as women’s and LGBTQ+ rights in her horror film Enceinte and action-thriller Catfight — both of which have been well received at festivals — Ariel’s work investigates the junction of beauty and the macabre to create stories of uniquely (and often messy) human experiences. Ariel's first horror feature script It Clings To Her is currently making strides in screenplay competitions, most recently making the semifinals at the Austin Film Festival as well as placing as the #18 Horror Feature of October 2021 on Coverfly's Red List and within the top 1% of 64,000+ discoverable scripts on their platform.

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COVERFLY TOP 1% IN GENRE/FORMAT

IT CLINGS TO HER

COVERFLY RED LIST OCTOBER 2021

#18 HORROR FEATURE - IT CLINGS TO HER

 

SCREENCRAFT FEATURE COMPETITION 2021

QUARTERFINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

 

2021 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

SCRIPT COMPETITION SEMIFINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

 

2021 NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL

SCRIPT FINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

 

2021 GENREBLAST FILM FESTIVAL

SCRIPT FINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

COVERFLY PITCH WEEK FALL 2021

SHORTLIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

SCREENCRAFT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP 2021

SEMIFINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

 

2021 SICK CHICK FLICKS FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

2020 ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

2020 GENREBLAST FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

*Nominated for Best Director Short and Best Score Short

2020 QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

 

2019 URBAN ACTION SHOWCASE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

2019 NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

BROOKLYN COLLEGE'S FEIRSTEIN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF CINEMA DEAN'S AWARD

2019 DIRECTING TRACK RECIPIENT

 

SCREENCRAFT FALL 2018 FILM FUND SEMIFINALIST

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

 

BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION - 4:48 PSYCHOSIS

SCREENCRAFT SPRING 2018 FILM FUND SEMIFINALIST

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

NEW YORK MAYOR'S OFFICE OF TV AND MEDIA SCHOLARSHIP

RECIPIENT, 2016-19

2014 ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION - ENCEINTE

2013 SAN FRANCISCO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION - HARVEST

2013 SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY FILM FINALS

OFFICIAL SELECTION - HARVEST

2013 PRINCESS GRACE AWARDS

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE NOMINEE FOR HER FILMS DON'T DO SADNESS 

AND GIRL WITH ONE EYE

2013 RONALD A. JACOBS SCHOLARSHIP

RECIPIENT FOR HER FILMS DON'T DO SADNESS AND GIRL WITH ONE EYE