Olivia Newman is an award-winning writer/director whose films have screened at festivals internationally, including the New York Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, and the Vancouver International Film Festival, among others. An alum of the 2015 Sundance Directors Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and winner of the 2015 Adrienne Shelly Filmmaker Grant, the 2015 IFP/Durga Entertainment Filmmaker Grant, and the Maryland Filmmakers fellowship, Newman is currently in pre-production on her first narrative feature, First Match. The script for First Match was a quarter finalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship and one of seven winning scripts for the 2015 Columbia University “Blue List” competition. Olivia is also an alum of IFP’s No Borders International Co-Production Forum and Emerging Visions program, Film Independent’s Fast Track market, and the Cine Qua Non Screenwriters Lab. Her films have received support from the Sundance Institute, HBO and The Caucus Foundation, and have been broadcast on PBS. Olivia received her MFA in Film from Columbia University and her BA in French and Women’s Studies from Vassar College.
Grant Winning Project: First Match