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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 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 platform of 91,000+ screenplays.

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SCREENCRAFT HORROR COMPETITION 2022

FEATURE SCREENPLAY WINNER - IT CLINGS TO HER

COVERFLY TOP 1% OF DISCOVERABLE PROJECTS

IT CLINGS TO HER

 

COVERFLY RED LIST (FEATURE - ALL-TIME)

#1 HORROR FEATURE - IT CLINGS TO HER

SCREENCRAFT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP 2022

FINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY AWARDS 2021

SEMIFINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

SCREENCRAFT FEATURE COMPETITION 2021

QUARTERFINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

SICK CHICK FLICKS FILM FESTIVAL 2021

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2020

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

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

2019 DIRECTING TRACK RECIPIENT

SCREENCRAFT SPRING FILM FUND 2018

SEMIFINALIST - CATFIGHT

SAN FRANCISCO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2013

OFFICIAL SELECTION - HARVEST

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 2021

SCRIPT COMPETITION SEMIFINALIST (HORROR & DRAMATIC FEATURES) - IT CLINGS TO HER

COVERFLY TOP 1% IN GENRE/FORMAT

IT CLINGS TO HER

 

COVERFLY RED LIST (GENRE - PAST YEAR)

#1 HORROR - IT CLINGS TO HER

NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL 2021

SCRIPT FINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

 

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2022

SEMIFINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

COVERFLY PITCH WEEK FALL 2021

SHORTLIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL 2020

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

 

URBAN ACTION SHOWCASE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

SCREENCRAFT FALL FILM FUND 2018

SEMIFINALIST - CATFIGHT

 

NEW YORK MAYOR'S OFFICE OF TV AND MEDIA SCHOLARSHIP

RECIPIENT, 2016-19

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY FILM FINALS 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

SUNDANCE DEVELOPMENT TRACKS 2022

SECOND ROUNDER - IT CLINGS TO HER

 

COVERFLY RED LIST (GENRE - ALL-TIME)

#1 HORROR - IT CLINGS TO HER

COVERFLY RED LIST (FEATURE - PAST YEAR)

#1 HORROR FEATURE - IT CLINGS TO HER

GENREBLAST FILM FESTIVAL 2021

SCRIPT FINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

SCREENCRAFT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP 2021

SEMIFINALIST - IT CLINGS TO HER

GENREBLAST FILM FESTIVAL 2020

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

*Nominated for Best Director Short and Best Score Short

NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL 2019

OFFICIAL SELECTION - CATFIGHT

 

BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION - 4:48 PSYCHOSIS

ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL 2014

OFFICIAL SELECTION - ENCEINTE

RONALD A. JACOBS SCHOLARSHIP 2013

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