Nicole Brending is a screenwriter and director residing in St. Paul, MN. Known for her brutal sense of humor and intense storytelling, she recently produced, directed, wrote, and edited a short film called SELFIED which won the Silver George for Best Film in the Short Film Competition at the 38th Moscow International Film Festival in 2016. As a screenwriter she has developed projects with Nicole Kidman, Catherine Hardwicke, and Robert Evans among others, recently collaborating with editor/producer Lee Percy on an adaptation of the memoir, "Harley Loco" by Rayya Elias. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Campus, the Berlinale Co-Production Market, and the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony. Her work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation (2007, 2008, 2012), the McKnight Foundation (2009, 2016), and has won awards all over the world including a Student Emmy. 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. During her most recent McKnight Fellowship year, she produced, directed, shot, production designed, and edited her first feature-length film, DOLLHOUSE: THE ERADICATION OF FEMALE SUBJECTIVITY FROM AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE, which is a non-traditional animation currently in submission to festivals.