I gravitate towards writing intimate, character-driven stories that feature flawed, vulnerable characters seeking personal fulfillment and connection. I am committed to telling more stories featuring LGBTQIA+ identifying characters.
Eric Shahinian is a screenwriter and director who received his Film MFA from Columbia University. His short films have won multiple awards on the festival circuit including the Best Student Film Award from Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Best Short Film Award from the Golden Apricot Yerevan International film festival and the Audience Award from the Lighthouse International Film Festival.
His screenplays have been Semi-Finalists and Quarterfinalists at Scriptapalooza, Script Pipeline, Shore Scripts, Creative World Awards as well as a Global Script Finalist at the Oaxaca Film Festival and placed in the top 5% on Coverfly.
Nominated for Best Film
Foreign Sounds
L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival
Los Angeles
2017
Won Best Student Director, Nominated for Best Student: Cinemtography, Best Actress, Best Actor
Foreign Sounds
Brightside Tavern Film Festival
Jersey City
2017
Nominated for Best Student Film
I'm Sticking With You
Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival
Providence
2016
Best Student Film
Foreign Sounds
The Ridgewood Guild Film Festival
Ridgewood
2016
Grand Prize: Best Student Film
Foreign Sounds
Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival
Providence, Rhode Island
2015
Audience Award Winner
Head Above Water
Lighthouse International Film Festival
Best Student Film
Head Above Water
Oniros Film Awards
BEST ACTOR AWARD
Head Above Water
Sulmona International Film Festival
Golden Angel Award Nomination
Head Above Water
Chinese American Film Festival
Best Student Film
Head Above Water
Miami Independent Film Festival
Award of Merit
Head Above Water
Global Shorts
Los Angeles
Golden Apricot Best Short Film Award
Head Above Water
Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival
Yerevan
Gold Remi Award Winner (Student)
Head Above Water
Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival
Honorable Mention
Foreign Sounds
Yosemite International Film Festival
Silver Award in College Competition
Foreign Sounds
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Fort Lauderdale
College
Columbia University
Screenwriting/Directing
20122016
I gravitate towards writing intimate, character-driven stories that feature flawed, vulnerable characters seeking personal fulfillment and connection. I am committed to telling more stories featuring LGBTQIA+ identifying characters.
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