• Conceived, directed, and edited a music video mashup Sorry X Sorry of Beyonce’s SORRY + Justin Bieber’s SORRY, with singer Sarah McGowan
  • Directed closed NYC reading of TV pilot, PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, featuring Gavin Lodge, Wayne Wilcox, and Tony Award-winner Faith Prince
  • SECOND ROUND ADVANCEMENT, 2016 Sundance Sloan Screenwriter’s Lab
  • FINALIST, Jameson First Shot Film Competition




2013 + 2014

  •  Wrote, directed, and produced narrative short, GROTTO
    • WINNER, Outstanding Emerging Talent, FilmOUT San Diego: Writer/Director Dave Scala
    • Accepted into 35+ film festivals nationally and abroad, including the Palm Springs International ShortFest



  • One feature screenplay was a Finalist for the Hamptons International Screenwriters Lab
  • Wrote, directed, and produced narrative short, I DON’T KNOW, ALASKA!
    • WINNER, Best Musical Film, International Family Film Festival
    • WINNER, Best Musical Short, Illinois International Film Festival
    • WINNER, Best Leading Actress in a Short, Rachel McKeon, Downbeach Film Festival
    • WINNER, Best Sound Design of a Short, Action on Film International Film Festival
    • NOMINEE, Best Musical Film, Action on Film International Film Festival
    • CLOSING FILM, Princeton Student Film + Video Festival



  • One feature screenplay was a Finalist for the NYU/Sloan Feature Film Award
  • Wrote, directed, and produced narrative short, THE SANDMAN
    • WINNER, Best Achievement in Cinematography, New Visions and Voices Festival, NYC
    • NOMINEE, Best Short Film, Director’s Circle Festival of Shorts, 2010
    • FINALIST, National Undergraduate Film Festival


  • All
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Short Film


Comedy, Drama, Short Film




Dave Scala is a film director and screenwriter, who received his BFA in Film & TV Production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His short films have screened and won top prizes at 50+ festivals, nationally and abroad, including the Palm Spring International ShortFest, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Boston LGBT Film Festival, and Festival MIX Brasil.

His feature screenplays have been a Finalist for the Sundance Sloan Screenwriting Lab, Hamptons Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab and the NYU/Sloan Feature Film Award. He was also a top finalist for the 2016 Jameson First Shot film competition, hosted by Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey and Academy Award-nominee Maggie Gyllehnaal. Born and raised in the farmlands of New Jersey, Mr. Scala is currently based out of Manhattan, and is developing multiple feature film projects.



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