After being introduced to the magic of horror and thrillers at the age of 11, Ariel Sinelnikoff decided to pursue a career in film directing, writing, and producing. While earning her BA in Film Production at San Francisco State University, she began to explore socio-political issues that were close to her heart, such as women's and LGBTQ+ rights, through the lens of genre filmmaking. Genres such as Horror, Sci-Fi, and Action-Thrillers allowed her to make the nuanced experiences endured by members of these communities easily accessible to a larger audience. She continued this work while earning her MFA in Film Directing at Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, the first public graduate film school in New York City and the only US film school located on a working film lot. It was here that she made her feminist Action-Thriller, Catfight, which has been well received at several festivals. Ariel currently resides in Los Angeles, where she continues to explore these subjects and genres as a filmmaker.

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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

2010 USA TODAY AWARD

RECIPIENT FOR HER COURAGEOUS PERSUADERS PSA, "A TRUE FRIEND"

2010 BANK OF AMERICA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

RECIPIENT FOR HER ACHIEVEMENTS IN APPLIED ARTS IN SAN RAFAEL HIGH SCHOOL'S MEDIA ACADEMY

AND BROADCASTING