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Maia Henkin

Maia Henkin



10/17/23: Out of over 12,000 submissions, I am a semi-finalist (top 40) at Austin Film Festival for my dramatic pilot! AFF is seen as the “writer’s festival” with one of the most competitive competitions. It’s an honor to be included amongst so many talented writers.

9/28/23: I made it to the finals of The Black List/WIF Feature Lab for my dramatic script, “Find Your Light”. It’s an incredibly prestigious program and I couldn’t be more proud to have made it to the top 15 out of thousands of applicants. 

7/20/23: OUTLIaRS (a pilot I wrote, directed, and acted in) will be having its LA debut at the Academy Award-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatres! Some of the talent involved this year include Ricky Gervais, Tom Holland, Cate Blanchette, Alfonso Cuaron, Matt Damon, Belle Thorne, Keke Palmer, Ben Affleck, and Tom Hanks! HollyShorts is arguably the most prestigious festivals in LA and I couldn’t be more thrilled for my team! We did this whole 30-minute pilot for just a little over $5k and we are competing with pilots in the six-figure range. This project truly was the little engine that could.

LITTLE CUTS is nominated for Best Horror/Thriller, Best Writing, and Best Actress (for myself and Elise Greene) at Micheaux Film Festival!

6/14/23: I had the best time being interviewed by Sam Wren Vincent for "Babe, Forward." Podcast about women in film. You can find my episode here or on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. 

4/25/23: LITTLE CUTS just scored nominations for BEST SHORT, BEST DIRECTOR, and BEST ACTRESS at the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival! It was such an honor to be in a prestigious lineup of films that featured some of my favorite projects from Sundance and Southby. Thank you JTIFF!

4/1/23: I am excited to announce that I am officially repped by Fourth Wall Management! Their clients include Leslie Jones, Chris Kattan, John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein (writers-Spider-Man: Homecoming, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Amongst Thieves), Meghan Malloy (writer-Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse), Evan Spiliotopoulos (writer- The Huntsman, Beauty and the Beast), Alex Litvak (writer-Predators), amongst many others!

3/22/23: My pilot script just won FIRST PLACE at the UPIKE writing competition out of hundreds of submissions. A reading of my script will be held at the Appalachia Center for the Arts with professional actors that live in the region. Delighted that the script that I wrote as an ode to Kentucky will be read by true Kentuckians.

3/2/23: I had the immense honor of teaching my first class at my alma mater, Rhodes College today. Thank you to the Rhodes Film Department for having me!

10/25/22: "I Miss Us" just won the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD at Santa Fe International Film Festival (SFiFF)!!!

10/15/22: My short film, LITTLE CUTS made its east coast premiere at Chelsea Film Festival (Rated #6 in USA Today's Best Film Festivals in the country). Judges include Academy Award Winner John Patrick Shanley, Academy Award-Nominated Sofia Bild, and Emmy-Nominated Amy Kaufman.

10/14/22: I was nominated for BEST LEAD ACTOR (male or female) and OUTLI(a)RS was nominated for BEST SERIES at SoHo Intl Film Festival in NYC!

10/1/22: My thriller pilot script is a FINALIST for BEST DRAMATIC PILOT in HBO's Catalyst TV Content Competition!

9/28/22: My pilot, OUTLI(a)RS, is premiering at Catalyst Film Festival (Formerly ITV Fest). Catalyst is an official mentorship partner of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the Emmys) and is sponsored by HBO, Sony, Fox, and SyFy Network among others!

9/1/22: Film Threat Magazine gave LITTLE CUTS an 8/10! "'Little Cuts' is a simple and insightful story of a toxic friendship. The story is solid and performed beautifully by writer/director Maia Henkin." You can read our review here

8/31/22: The film I wrote and directed, LITTLE CUTS, will be showing at the Hollywood Reel Independent Festival (HRIFF) today at Regal LA Live/Staples Center. Academy Award-winning films that have screened at HRIFF include MANCHESTER BY THE SEA and THE ACT OF KILLING, among others. 

8/29/22: My pilot script, "Death and Poultry in Marion, Kentucky" is now an Official Selection at the Catalyst Film Festival (Formerly ITV Fest). Catalyst is an official mentorship partner of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the Emmys) and is sponsored by HBO, Sony, Fox, and SyFy Network among others!

8/28/22: We got our first glowing review! "'Little Cuts' Offers Some Justice for the Doormat Friend" [Black Cape Magazine]. Read it here!

8/17/22: The short film that I wrote and directed, LITTLE CUTS (trailer here), was accepted into the Oscar-Qualifying® HollyShorts Film Festival! We will be showing alongside films by Lena Waithe, James Franco, Jack Reynor, and Nina Dobrev, and starring Brian Cox, Kevin Bacon, Rosario Dawson, Will Poulter, Penn Badgley, Margaret Cho, Sean Astin, and June Squibb among many others.

6/18/22: I am a Semi-Finalist in ISA's Launch Pad Pilot Competition!

5/26/22: I was invited to speak on the Chat With Dan Show (podcast) about being a multi-hyphenate! Tune in on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

5/25/22: The trailer for my half-hour dramatic pilot, "Outli(a)rs" can be found here!

4/25/22: The trailer for my directorial debut film, "Little Cuts," can be found here!

4/11/22: I am a Second Rounder in ISA's Launch Pad Pilot Competition!

2/25/22: Acting in "Infested" (dir: Zac Allard), produced by Guillermo Del Toro's Exile Entertainment.

"I Miss Us" won "Best Horror" at Indie Short Fest. 

10/20/21: I was cast as the lead in "I MISS US" and we just won the "Audience Choice Award" for the entire Horror Haus Festival!

7/20/21: My script, "Find Your Light" just scored an 8 on the Black List!

6/25/21: A film I acted in, "Narrow" (dir. Anna Chazelle), is now on AMC's Shudder.

4/22/21: First day directing and acting in "OUTLIaRS", my new indie pilot!

3/26/21: My pilot script, "Addicts" is now #15 on the Coverfly Red List!

3/15/21: My feature, "Find Your Light" is a Semi-Finalist for WeScreenplay!

3/12/21: A film that I acted in, "Vial", just got into the Academy Award-qualifying Santa Barbara Film Festival! See our film listed in Deadline
2/28/21: Acting as the lead in "Blood Lasts", a new film by BFI London Alum Roth Rind. View the teaser here

11/20/20: Had so much fun ADing for "Limerence", by Sonja O'Hara for the Sundance Collab

10/14/20: Acting as the lead in "Verissimilitude", by AFI Director Ben Hosking.

10/01/20: Got the news today that I am in the top 4% of scripts at WeScreenplay! (Top 1% character, Top 1% structure, Top 5% dialogue, top 5% plot). 

9/25/20: Just wrapped directing and acting in my film, "Little Cuts"! 

9/20/20: A film I acted in is an Official Selection at the Academy Awards-qualifying Fantasia Film Festival! See the rave review for Narrow (dir. Anna Chazelle) in FilmDaze.

9/1/20: I'm the featured writer for Coverfly! Out of tens of thousands of projects, they only choose a handful to be featured screenwriters. So honored!

7/20/20: My pilot was an Official Selection at the Academy Awards-qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival!

7/9/20: Interviewed for Creative Screenwriting Magazine alongside industry pros like Bobby Roth (writer/director/producer of Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Prison Break) and David Andalman (Sundance Audience Award nominee, Tribeca Jury Award).

6/12/20: My pilot, "Addicts" is a Semi-Finalist for the Stage 32 Writing Contest!

5/9/20: Acting as Sara in "Vial" directed by WME-repped Sonja O'Hara (Independent Magazine's "10 Filmmakers to Watch").     

4/9/20: I am a Semi-Finalist for the SUNDANCE EPISODIC LAB! Yay!!! 

3/17/20: I advanced to the Quarter Finals of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition! Only 10% of scripts make the cut.

11/6/19: I just advanced to the Quarter Finals of the Screencraft Pilot Launch Competition

10/25/19: Out of over 11,000 submissions, "Separate Checks" is a Second Rounder at Austin Film Festival! I'll see you in Austin, TX!

10/6/19: Only 3% of scripts advance to the Quarter Finals of the Final Draft Big Break Contest and my script made the cut! 
10/2/19: "Addicts" is a Gold Award Winner for Best TV Script at the International Queen Palm Film Festival

10/1/19: Out of 5,000 submissions, I advanced to the Quarter Finals of The Script Lab Screenplay Contest!

9/16/19: "Addicts" is a FINALIST at the Oaxaca FilmFest!

9/11/19: Two of my pilots moved on to the Semi-Finals for Los Angeles CineFest! 
9/7/19: "Addicts" is an Official Selection for the Austin Comedy Short Festival!

8/29/19: As a finalist in the Big Apple Film Festival, my pilot, "Addicts", is being read out loud by professional actors at the Cinépolis Theater in NYC on 8/29 at 8pm. Get your tickets here!
8/20/19: My LGBT pilot, "Separate Checks" beat out 200 other applicants for the Wildsound Festival's Logline of the Month! 

8/16/19: I'm acting in "Narrow", a new film by the WME-repped writer/director Anna Chazelle!

8/12/19: My pilot, "Addicts", is officially a FINALIST at the Big Apple Film Festival!

8/6/19: I qualified for Margie Haber's advanced class! I am beyond excited to start working with Margie, one of the top acting coaches in Hollywood. 

8/3/19: Catch me as the lead in "It's All In My Head", now on Amazon Prime!
6/2/19: Modeling for LA's Cosmo Glamsquad!

5/7/19: Mike Royce (the EP of "Everybody Loves Raymond") has shown interest in my work! I'm now in the running as a writer for the new CBS series, "Super Simple Love Story". Fingers crossed!

4/16/19: Booked co-star role on the Ultimate Makeover comedic webseries!

4/8/19: Performing at A Noise Within Theatre with the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (@TheLAFPI) as part of SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now). Happy to be a part of such a great cause!

2/14/19: Just won "Best Play" at the Player's Theatre NYC Festival! You can read press about it here
2/5/19: Travelling to NYC to see my play, "The Legally-Binding Consummation of Lord Benedict de Tancarville and Lady Christine d'Aguillon" at the Player's Theatre

12/16/18: Awesome seeing my holiday short, "Hairy Christmas" performed as part of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. (@TheLAFPI). Support female playwrights!

10/18/18: Acting update! Playing Margaret in "Family Man", a film by Max Lujan.  

9/21/18: My play, "Family Planning", is being performed in NYC at the Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre! Read the article here

8/24/18: My play, "Joan", is now featured in 365 Women A Year, featuring plays about notable women in history.

8/23/18: My play, "Life in Cigarettes" is being performed at The Tank in NYC! So proud of my team. You can read press here

8/17/18: Premiere of my film that I wrote and acted in, "Quinceanera", at Regal LA Live!

7/10/18: Acting in Dan Fishback's banned play about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "Rubble Rubble", at Art-Share LA. Buy tickets here.

6/19/18: Producing and Assistant Directing "Triad", a pilot for Lionsgate Digital by the WME-repped Sonja O'Hara!

5/2/18: My play, "Beheld" is getting its third production in NYC, now playing at the Player's Theatre! Read press here.

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