Jessica D. Shields is an Atlanta native, Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary writer and filmmaker.
Jessica a 2019 HBOAccess Writing Fellow, the recipient of the 2019 HUMANITAS Prize Drama Fellowship and a mentee in the 2019 Women in Film Mentor Program. She is a Film Independent Project Involve Screenwriting Fellow alumna and participated in the Moving Picture Institute Pilot Workshop (2018).
Her pilot Rue Pigalle was a finalist for both the Nantucket Film Festival Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition and IFP No Borders (2017).
Jessica was previously nominated for the Humanitas Comedy Fellowship in 2016 and is an Alfred P. Sloan Treatment winner. Her work has advanced in competitions and development labs including the Sundance Episodic and Screenwriting Labs, the Sundance Sloan Commissioning Grant, the Austin Film Festival, the Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Fund, the Women in Film/The Black List and MACRO/The Black List Episodic Labs, among others.
As a theatre artist Jessica worked in dramaturgy, literary management and theatre education with prominent regional theaters including the Nashville Reparatory Theatre, 7 Stages Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theatre.
In addition to directing five short films of her own, Jessica has worked on film and television sets across the U.S and Asia.
Jessica received her MFA in Film: Screenwriting & Directing from Columbia University and is an alumna of Vanderbilt University.