Jake Mahaffy

MFA, BFA

Biography

Jake Mahaffy’s micro-budget, self-made films have been screened around the world at film festivals and independent venues such as Venice (Orizzonti Prize for Best Film/2015, 2012, 2016), Sundance (2004/05/06/08/09/15), SXSW (Grand Jury Prize/2008, 2016), Rotterdam, Leeds, AFI, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Moscow, Ljubljana, Boston MFA, MoMA (NY) and others. He studied Fine Arts and Filmmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA) and Directing at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. He founded two new filmmaking programs at two universities as an Associate Professor of Film and Art in the United States and now coordinates the Screen Production program at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Research | Current

MIDWINTER (short film), currently screening 2016 / Venice Biennale
FREE IN DEED (feature film), currently screening 2015-2016 / Venice Biennale (Orizzonti Best Film award), Malatya (Best Film prize), AFI, Geneva, SXSW, Rotterdam, Kerala, Boston, Nashville (Best Actor and Ecumenical Prizes), Seattle, Beijing, Sydney, New Zealand, Melbourne, BAM, Stockholm, and others...
A.D. 1363 (short film), currently screening 2015-2016 / Sundance, Melbourne, Florida, Hamburg, Show Me Shorts NZ, BAM, Berkshires, Leeds, Lyons International, Clermont-Ferrand, Traverse City, Sydney...
IVY (installation), preparing exhibition /
REUNION (feature film), currently writing /
Dissociative-form Cinema (PHD thesis), currently writing / Supervisors: Neal Curtis (MFT), Brian Boyd (English)

Teaching | Current

SCREEN 201 Storytelling for Screen
SCREEN 303 Working With Performers for Screen
SCREEN 702 Production Management
SCREEN 705 Screenwriting
SCREEN 712 Advanced Drama Directing for Screen
SCREEN 797 Advanced Production Techniques/MA Supervisions

Distinctions/Honours

selected:

2017 Independent Spirit Award nominations / Best Actor / Best Supporting Actress / Best Cinematography / Best Film (under $500k)
73rd Venice Biennale /  Out of Competition short screening / 2016
Denver International Film Festival / Honorable Mention / American Independent Award / 2016
72nd Venice Biennale Orizzonti Competition / Best Film Award, Orizzonti competition / 2015
Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey / Best Film Prize, International competition / 2015
Nashville Film Festival / Best Actor / Ecumenical Film Prizes / 2016
Sundance Film Festival / International Short Film Competition / 2015
NZFC Post-Production grant / 2015
NZFC EDF grant / 2015
69th Venice Biennale / Orizzonti Short Film Competition / 2012
Virginia Film Festival / Jury Prize / Best Narrative Short / 2013
Cannes Film Festival / Cinefondation Atelier Resident / 2009
IFP Gotham Awards / Best Undistributed Film of the Year nomination / 2008
International Film Festival Rotterdam / Tiger Competition / 2008
Sundance Film Festival / International Short Film competition / 2008
SXSW Film Festival / Grand Jury Prize / 2008
Newport International Film Festival / Grand Jury Prize / 2008
LEF Moving Image Fund / Pre-Production grant / 2008
Bellagio Study & Conference Center Residency / Rockefeller Foundation / 2007
Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship / Renew Media grant / 2007
Annenberg Foundation Film Fellowship / Sundance Institute production grant / 2006
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship / in Filmmaking / 2006
Sundance Filmmaker’s Lab / Directing/Screenwriting Fellow / 2006
Sundance Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship / inaugural grantee / 2005
25 New Faces of Independent Film / Filmmaker Magazine / 2005
Sundance Film Festival / International Short Film competition / 2005
Sundance Filmmaker’s Lab / Screenwriting Fellow / 2005
Creative Capital Foundation / Film Production grant / 2005
Sundance Film Festival / Official Selection / Frontier feature / 2004

Responsibilities

Program Coordinator - Screen Production program
Convenor - MA Advanced Production Techniques

Contact details

Alternative contact

Extension Number: 88565

Primary location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
10 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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