Jessica D. Shields is an Atlanta native, LA-based writer and filmmaker. In addition to directing five short films of her own, she has worked on film and television sets in Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles.
Jessica is currently a Humanitas Drama Fellowship finalist and is a former Film Independent Project Involve Screenwriting Fellow and Moving Picture Institute Pilot Workshop Fellow (2018). Jessica was nominated for the Humanitas Comedy Fellowship in 2016 and is an Alfred P. Sloan Treatment winner. Her pilot Rue Pigalle was a finalist for both the Nantucket Film Festival Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition and IFP No Borders (2017). 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, and 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.
Jessica received her MFA in Film: Screenwriting & Directing from Columbia University with a concentration in Television Writing and is an alumna of Vanderbilt University.