ABOUT

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David Scala is a second-generation Filipino-American writer & director, who received his BFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has written & directed 5 short films that have screened and won top prizes at over 75 film festivals nationally and abroad, including the Seattle International Film Festival, Palm Spring ShortFest, Frameline, Outfest Fusion, and Festival MIX Brasil. He won the award for Outstanding Emerging Talent as writer & director for his short film, Grotto (FilmOUT San Diego 2013).
As a screenwriter, he has been a finalist for the Sundance Sloan Screenwriting Lab (2016, 2018, 2019), Hamptons Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab (2012), and the NYU/Sloan Feature Film Award (2010). He was also a finalist for the 2016 Jameson First Shot film competition, hosted by Maggie Gyllehnaal.
In 2017, Mr. Scala made his playwrighting and stage directing debut at the New York Theater Festival with his play AMONG THE FURIES, based off his own unproduced screenplay of the same name. Out of 86 shows in the festival, the show went on to win the top award for Best Play, as well as Best Actress and Best Set Design. He was also nominated for Best Director. Currently, Mr. Scala is based out of New York, and he is developing multiple film and theatre projects.

REEL

NEWS & HISTORY

2019

  • His feature screenplay was a FINALIST, 2019 Sundance Sloan Screenwriter’s Lab
  • Wrote, directed, and produced 17-minute short film ENGAGED, starring Daniel K. Isaac (Showtime’s BILLIONS) and Ryan Jamaal Swain (FX’s POSE). The film has screened at over 15 film festivals to date, including the Seattle International Film Festival, Frameline, Outfest Fusion, and the Palm Springs International ShortFest.

 

2018

 

2017

2016

 

2015

 

2013 + 2014

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

 

2012

  • Feature screenplay was a Finalist for the Hamptons International Screenwriters Lab
  • Writer, director, and lyricist for musical-comedy short film, 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

 

2010

  • Graduated NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film Directing & Screenwriting
  • Feature screenplay was a Finalist for the NYU/Sloan Feature Film Award
  • Wrote, directed & 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

PORTFOLIO

  • All
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • LGBT
  • Music
  • Short Film
  • Theater

CONTACT

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Twitter: @davescala