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Sarah Smith is an award-winning filmmaker and television producer. Her short film, Black Hat, was an official selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, and won the 2019 Iris prize. She is the co-creator and director of the web series pilot Tender Touches, which won 1st place at the 2018 AT&T create-a-thon. Her previous short film, D.Asian, went on to screen at over 35 festivals across the globe, and was awarded the 2017 AT&T Underrepresented Filmmaker Award. Her latest short film, Cardiff, a comedy featuring the LGBT+ community in Cardiff, Wales was the opening night centerpiece of the 2022 Iris Prize Film Festival and had its American premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival. In addition, she just wrapped production on the short film The Glasses staring John Pleshette, which will premiere in 2023.
Sarah was also a finalist for the Disney + Launchpad season two shorts incubator and a semi-finalist for the 2020 HBO Access Directing Fellowship. In 2018, Sarah’s short screenplay White Ferrari was a finalist for the Tribeca Through Her Lens program, as well as a finalist for the Women In Film short film production grant. Her follow-up short screenplay, Martha, about the week Martha Mitchell was held captive in a Newport Beach hotel room in the wake of Watergate, won the Nantucket Film Festival Tony Cox Showtime screenplay competition, placed in eight additional screenplay competitions, and is ranked in the top 2% on Coverfly. Sarah won a WGA award as part of The Young & The Restless writing team, where she also wrote a long story that aired in the fall of 2011.
In addition to writing and directing, Sarah has edited three narrative feature films, including Armless, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and two feature length documentaries, including Prophets of Change, following Israeli and Palestinian musicians as they join forces to wage war for peace narrated in part by Sarah Silverman and J.K. Simmons. In 2022, Sarah was invited to participate in the Directing the Actor lab through the Alliance of Women Directors. Sarah is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.