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Dyana Winkler


For nearly a decade, Dyana Winkler worked full time supporting filmmakers at the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and later the Tribeca Film Institute Feature Film Program, where she deliberated upon thousands of grant submissions in both documentary and fiction film and was responsible for seeking out and supporting underrepresented filmmakers in the industry. Winkler also worked as a screener for Chicken & Egg Pictures, programmed for the Sundance Film Festival and the Outfest Film Festival and is an alumni of the Film Independent Fast Track and Documentary Lab, the Chicken and Egg Diversity Fellowship and the Sundance Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Ranch. Her most recent narrative screenplay, Bell, was awarded the 2016 Sundance Sloan Commissioning grant, the 2017 SFFILM Science in Film Grant, and participated in the 2017 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. Fluent in French and Tibetan, Winkler spent nearly a decade living internationally, where she interviewed recent escapees from Tibet for local TV stations and newspapers and directed a short documentary film on South Asian orphanages, for BBC. Straddling the worlds of both fiction and documentary, Winkler is a firm believer that filmmaking is less about the genre, and more about the ability to listen and tell a good story. Originally hailing from Hawaii, Winkler currently works as a freelance filmmaker in Los Angeles, CA.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, September 27

7:00pm EDT