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Molded by the gruesome horror films she watched at far too young an age, Ariel Sinelnikoff is a screenwriter and director who has dedicated herself to alchemizing life’s grim realities into hyper-stylized genre films. Exploring issues such as women’s and LGBTQ+ rights in her critically-acclaimed short films and screenplays, Ariel’s work investigates the junction between beauty and the macabre to create stories of uniquely (and often messy) human experiences. She is currently developing her supernatural horror feature It Clings To Her, which has amassed over a dozen accolades, including winning the 2022 ScreenCraft Horror Competition, making the semifinals of the 2021 Austin Film Festival, and being named the #1 Horror script on Coverfly’s Red List in 2022. Ariel is represented by Jeff Portnoy of Bellevue Productions and Marios Rush.

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SCREENCRAFT HORROR COMPETITION (2022) - WINNER

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL (2021) - SEMIFINALIST

SUNDANCE DEVELOPMENT TRACKS (2022) - SECOND ROUNDER

COVERFLY TOP 1% (2022) - DISCOVERABLE PROJECTS

COVERFLY TOP 1% (2022)- GENRE/FORMAT 

COVERFLY RED LIST  (2022) - #1 HORROR, GENRE (ALL-TIME)

COVERFLY RED LIST (2022) - #1 HORROR FEATURE (ALL-TIME)

COVERFLY RED LIST (2022) - #1 HORROR, GENRE (PAST YEAR)

COVERFLY RED LIST (2022) - #1 HORROR FEATURE (PAST YEAR)

ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL (2020) - OFFICIAL SELECTION

GENREBLAST FILM FESTIVAL (2020) - OFFICIAL SELECTION; BEST DIRECTOR SHORT &

BEST SCORE SHORT NOMINEE

SICK CHICK FLICKS FILM FESTIVAL (2021) - OFFICIAL SELECTION

QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (2020) - OFFICIAL SELECTION

URBAN ACTION SHOWCASE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2019)  - OFFICIAL SELECTION

NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL (2019) - OFFICIAL SELECTION

SCREENCRAFT FALL FILM FUND (2018) - SEMIFINALIST

SCREENCRAFT SPRING FILM FUND (2018) - SEMIFINALIST

OTHER ACCOLADES

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 2022

SCRIPTED DIGITAL SERIES SEMIFINALIST - RELATED (PILOT)

 

FEIRSTEIN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF CINEMA DEAN'S AWARD

2019 DIRECTING TRACK RECIPIENT

ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL 2014

OFFICIAL SELECTION - ENCEINTE

SHOCKFEST FILM FESTIVAL 2022

OFFICIAL SELECTION - A SIREN'S SONG

NEW YORK MAYOR'S OFFICE OF TV AND MEDIA SCHOLARSHIP

RECIPIENT, 2016-19

SAN FRANCISCO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2013

OFFICIAL SELECTION - HARVEST
 

PRINCESS GRACE AWARDS 2013

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE NOMINEE FOR HER FILMS DON'T DO SADNESS AND GIRL WITH ONE EYE

NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL 2022

OFFICIAL SELECTION - A SIREN'S SONG

BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION - 4:48 PSYCHOSIS

RONALD A. JACOBS SCHOLARSHIP 2013

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

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