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Writer/Director

Emily Tomson

Emily Tomson’s background spans the arts and cultural studies. She studied Experimental Theatre as an actor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts before getting her degree in cultural Anthropology. After five years in advertising, she began directing and writing for film in 2013. Emily’s work is noted for a distinct feminine perspective and contemporary themes. She is drawn to stories with morally ambiguous characters and emotional subtleties. Emily has directed several short films and music videos, and made her festival debut with KATE IN OXNARD, which screened at the 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival and was awarded Best Short Film, and celebrates its east coast premiere at the 2019 Brooklyn Film Festival. Her feature screenplays have been given multiple awards and industry recognition, most recently selected for Cassian Elwes’ Independent Screenwriting Fellowship with the Black List at Sundance in 2019 in addition to multiple 8-point reviews on the Black List, the Grand Prize Winner of the inaugural 2018 ScreenCraft Drama screenplay contest, and an ISA Fast Track Fellowship. Emily has worked on-set in the art department on multiple independent female-led projects, including the first season of Mia Lidofsky’s STRANGERS, which premiered at Sundance in 2017. Emily was a film artist-in-residence at Villa Lena in Toiano, Italy, a filmmaker with the Bureau of Creative Works and a finalist for AFI's Directing Workshop for Women. She spent her formative years in New York City, currently lives in Los Angeles, and is working on a first feature.


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