Internationally award-winning writer/director Nicole Brending’s debut feature, Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity from American Popular Culture won the Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize and the George Stark Spirit of Slamdance Award at the 25th Slamdance Film Festival and Best Movie of the Feature Competition at the 2019 Lucca Film Festival with Rutger Hauer presiding over the jury. Previously, her short film Selfied won the coveted Silver Saint George for Best Film in the Short Film Competition at the 38th Moscow International Film Festival in 2016 with screenings in France, Italy, Cyprus, New York, and Australia.
As a screenwriter, her feature spec Lifer was optioned by BSpoke Entertainment and developed with Nicole Kidman's company Blossom Films. She wrote an adaptation of the memoir Whip Smart for legendary producer Robert Evans (The Godfather, Chinatown) and co-wrote The Artist's Wife with director Tom Dolby (Last Weekend), now in post-production and starring Lena Olin, Bruce Dern, Avan Jogia, and Juliet Rylance.
She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Campus and Co-Production Market as well as the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony. Her work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation (2007, 2008, 2013), the McKnight Foundation (2009, 2016), and has won awards all over the world including a Student Emmy, the Prix de Varti at Ann Arbor, Best of the Fest at Palm Springs Shortfest, the Ursula Award for Best Lesbian Short at the Hamburg International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and Best Short at Q Cinema: Dallas/Fort Worth International LGBT Film Festival. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University where she won the Ezra Litwak Award for Distinction in Screenwriting and her short film Duluth received Faculty Honors and Best Short Under 12 Minutes at the 2010 Columbia University Film Festival.