Jake Mahaffy

Moving Image, 2005

Jake Mahaffy's self-produced, micro-budget shorts and features were made single-handedly, featuring untrained actors in rural settings. More recent projects combined with professional actors and crew have also screened internationally. Venues include Sundance, Venice (Orizzonti Prize for Best Film, 2015), and SXSW (2016, Grand Jury Prize, 2008). He founded two new filmmaking programs at two universities as an Associate Professor of Film and Art in the United States and currently coordinates the Screen Production program at Auckland University in New Zealand.
youtube channel / burnbarrelfilms
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Awards and Accomplishments

2015: Mahaffy’s Creative Capital supported project "Free in Deed" is awarded the Orizzonti Prize for Best Film at the 72nd Venice Biennale

2009: Mahaffy's Creative Capital supported project "Free in Deed" is invited to the Cannes Film Festival Atelier

2008: Mahaffy receives New England LEF Foundation grant

2008: Mahaffy receives SXSW Festival Grand Jury Award for _Wellness_

2007: Mahaffy receives Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship

2006: Mahaffy receives John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

2005: Mahaffy's script for "Free in Deed" is awarded the Sundance Institute's inaugural Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship.

2005: Mahaffy's Creative Capital project "Free in Deed" is accepted to the Sundance Institute's Summer Writer's Lab.