Vanessa Knutsen is a filmmaker living and working in Los Angeles. She recently earned her Directing MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. While at UCLA, Vanessa wrote and directed four short films: “The Deep End,” “About A Girl,” “The Weekend,” and her award winning thesis film “The Promised Land.”
The film had its world premiere at the 2011 Palm Springs International ShortsFest where it won two awards – Best Student Short Film and Cinema Without Borders. The film has since screened at several festivals across the US and internationally.
Vanessa is a recipient of the 2008 Motion Picture Association of America Award, the 2010 Stanley Kramer Fellowship in Film Directing, the 2010 Edie and Lew Wasserman Film Production Fellowship, the 2010 Women in Film Foundation/Verna Fields Memorial Fellowship, a 2011 UCLA Spotlight Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, a 2011 Caucus Foundation Grant and a 2012 BAFTA Student Film Award.
Vanessa is currently developing a feature film project titled “The Healer” which is a finalist for the 2014 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.