Samantha Nell


Samantha Nell is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Asia; that means she has the same degree as Martin Scorsese. Over her career as a filmmaker she has made short films on four continents. 

Her shorts have premiered at major film festivals including the Director's Fortnight at Cannes, Durban International Film Festival and Locarno. Her accolades include Best Short Film at the Africa International Film Festival and a nomination for a Brazilian Academy Award (how that happened is kind of a long story).

Samantha's work is known for a distinct voice which oscillates between comedy and tragedy and sometimes both at the same time. She possesses a strong eye for performances and a practical knack for finding creative solutions to fit all budgets.


Selected - La Fabrique du Cinemas du Monde 2018

Selected - Produire au Sud 2017

Selected  - TIFF Talent Lab 2017

Selected - Locarno Filmmaker's Academy 2017

Selected - Durban Filmmart 2017

Selected - Realness Screenwriter's residency 2017

Selected - Berlinale Talents 2017

Selected - Cannes South Africa Factory 2015

Selected - Durban Talents 2015

Selected - Focus Features Africa First Short Film Programme 2013

THE BEAST Awards & Screening Information
Quinzaine des Realisateurs - Cannes Film Festival 2016

Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro (Brazilian Academy Awards) - Nominated
🏆Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife 2016 - Special Jury and Critics Award
🏆Festival de Sta. Maria da Feira 2016 - Special Jury Award
🏅Liffe Film Festival 2017 - Special Mention
🏅Labour Film Festival 2017 - Highly Commended
🏅Internacional Festival Signos de la Noite 2017 - Special Mention
🏆Shortwaves Film Festival 2018 - Winner of International Competition
Winterthur Kurzfilmtage 2016
Poitiers Film Festival 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016
Durban International Film Festival 2016
Kortfilmfestivalen Grimstad 2017
Fidocs 2017
Festival de Cinema Afrique 2017
Semana Festival do Cinema 2017
Lviv International Short Film Festival 2017
Ficunam 2017
Hamburg Short Film Festival 2017
Huesca Short Film Festival 2017
Sedicorto 2018
Go Short Netherlands 2018
Vilnius International Short Film Festival 2018
Porta Curtas 2018

STIFF Awards & Screening Information
Produced as part of the Africa First Short Film Program sponsored by international production company Focus Features.

🏆Africa International Short Film Festival 2014 - Best Short Film
Palm Springs International Shorts Fest 2014
Durban International Film Festival 2014
Shnit Cape Town Playground 2014
Ils Court Festival International 2014
Jozi Film Festival 2015