"If you were looking for new dramatic talents, you'd best look overseas.  New Zealand, in particular, appears to be a hotbed of creative short filmmaking, with an ambitious debut from the serious-minded Belinda Schmid ("The Painted Lady")..."          


"I've always believed being a filmmaker means you have a responsibility to create something meaningful, something transformative, and above all to be as truthful as you can."

Belinda Schmid, Director, Screenwriter

Belinda has an MFA in Film, TV and Digital Media from UCLA (emphasis in Screenwriting) and a BFA in Film and TV from New York University. She also spent six months in the Directing program at the American Film Institute.

She won the the Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Fellowship, the Howard J. Green Screenwriting Award, and was 3rd place Winner of the CineStory Feature Screenwriting Fellowship. She was also a semi-finalist for NBC's Writers on the Verge diversity program.

Her NYU thesis film Outskirts: Vertical City, was accepted into the Young Filmmakers section at the Venice Film Festival and was the recipient of the Martin Scorsese Post-Production Award and the Warner Brothers Post Production Award.

Her short film The Painted Lady was part of the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival Forum (2001) and the Montreal World Film Festival. It was also nominated for Best Short Film and Best Actress for the New Zealand Film Awards.

Belinda’s first feature script, Seeing Through Smoke (formerly “My Linoleum Dream”) was selected for the New Zealand Film Commission’s Screenwriters Lab, NZFC First Writer’s Initiative, The NZFC’s Rewrite Workshop, SPAAmart in Australia, and was one of twelve projects shortlisted for the Cannes Residence program in Paris, France. She has also directed commercials, a top rated New Zealand reality series, and an award winning comedy series in New Zealand.

“The Book of Conrad” a feature length documentary she shot, co-produced and co-directed with David Welch.


The Painted Lady – Short Film, 15mins, color
Nominated Best Short Film, Nokia New Zealand Film Awards
Cannes Film Festival Forum
Montreal World Film Festival
Tampere Short Film Festival


Trespass – Short Film, 15mins, Color
USA Network


CanTeen TV - Short Film, 30 Seconds
CanTeen – "Connections", TVC for Teen Cancer Awarness


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