Writer/Director Valerie Bischoff hails from Reno, Nevada, a rugged part of the country that continues to inspire her work. She graduated with Honors from Columbia University’s Graduate Film School in 2012 where her short film, Derby Kings (2012) received the prestigious Princess Grace Graduate Film Scholarship and was selected for the 2013 Palm Springs Short Film Festival among many others. Her previous short film, Veterans (2010) won the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director. After receiving her B.A. in Film from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Valerie earned a Fulbright Grant (2006) where she created a feature documentary on Estonia’s disappearing Soviet history. More recently, Valerie wrote and co-directed Rebel Music: Native America for MTV. The episode garnered over four million views in the first week of its online premiere. She is currently developing her first feature film, TK-Corona, a thriller about a young journalist’s downward spiral into radicalization.

Winning Project: Veterans 


Derby Kings (2012)