Writer-Director, Sundance Fellow
Nicole Ballivian is a Sundance Screenwriter Fellow and director who most recently completed the comedic short film, Joe & The Shawl that was the 2021 Grand Winner at NYWIFT Festival and received the 2020 Audience Award at Vox Feminae. Nicole is currently in development with three scripts: Sleeping on Stones, Hijrah Baby and Yemma. Nicole's directorial debut was the comedic feature, Driving to Zigzigland, shot in Los Angeles & Palestine, which won international festival awards. Nicole’s production background includes work for Warner Bros, Universal Pictures and in independent film.
In development with latest scripts:
Sleeping on Stones (Feature Screenplay, Drama)
•Top 2% of discoverable projects on Coverfly
•Selected for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab
•Finalist, 2021 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
•Semifinalist, The Writers Lab US 2021
•Second Rounder, 2021 Launch Pad Feature Competition
•Quarterfinalist, 2021 Scriptapalooza Feature Competition
•Semifinalist, 2021 Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition
•Quarterfinalist, 2021 Emerging Screenwriters - Genre Screenplay Competition
•Quarterfinalist, 2021 Filmmatic - Inroads Fellowship Season 4
•Quarterfinalist, 2021 Screenwriters Network - SWN Screenplay Competition Goldman Award
•Quarterfinalist, Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards Season 6
Hijrah Baby (Feature Screenplay, Drama)
•Second Rounder, 2022 Sundance Development Lab
•Top 20%, 2021 Academy Nicholl Fellowship
•Quarterfinalist, The Titan Awards 2021
•Quarterfinalist, Screenwriters Network - SWN Screenplay Competition Goldman Award
Yemma (Pilot Script, Drama)
•Second Rounder, 2021 Sundance Episodic Lab
•Second Rounder, Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition
•Coverfly Red List #16 in Drama Television (Half-hour)
•Quarterfinalist, ScreenCraft Drama Competition 2021
•Quarterfinalist, The Film Empire Diversity Mentorship 2021
•Quarterfinalist, Screenwriters Network - SWN Screenplay Competition Goldman Award 2021
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    Hijrah Baby
    Screenplay
    Sleeping on Stones
    Screenplay
    Yemma
    Television Script
    Joe & The Shawl2019
    Short
    Driving to Zigzigland2006
    Feature
  • Director (3 Credits)
    Hijrah Baby
    Screenplay
    Joe & The Shawl2019
    Short
    Driving to Zigzigland2006
    Feature
1st Place, Social Issues Category
Joe & The Shawl
New York Women in Film & Television Festival
New York
2021
Grand Winner
Joe & The Shawl
New York Women in Film & Television Festival
New York
2021
Audience Award
Joe & The Shawl
Vox Feminae Festival
Zagreb
2020
Winner, Arabian Sights Audience Award
Driving to Zigzigland
FilmFest DC
Washington DC
Winner, Best Feature Film
Driving to Zigzigland
Amal Film Fest
Santiago de Compostela
Winner, Russia Cinematographers and Film Critics Award
Driving to Zigzigland
International Festival of Muslim Cinema
Kazan
Current City
New York
Hometown
Washington DC
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Hispanic
Writer-Director, Sundance Fellow