Accolades and Honors:
Audience Award for Best Short for “Pick a Color” - Brooklyn International Film Festival
Best Screenplay for “Pick a Color” - Brooklyn International Film Festival
Best Drama for “Pick a Color” - Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
Gold Special Jury Award for “Pick a Color” - Worldfest Houston
Honorable Mention (Fiction) for “Pick a Color” - New York Expo of Short Film and Video
Certificate of Award in Screenwriting for “Pick a Color” - First Run Film Festival
Finalist in the Nat'l Short Film & Video Competition for “Pick a Color” - USA Film Festival/Dallas
Second-Rounder for Sundance's Feature Film Creative Producing Lab & Fellowship for "Moo Moo"
Finalist for Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab for "Wild Sky"
Finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival Screenplay Competition for “Wild Sky”
Semi-Finalist in the Circus Road and Creative World Awards Screenwriting Contests for “Wild Sky”
Quarterfinalist in the Cynosure, Story Pros, and WriteMovies Screenplay Contests for “Wild Sky”
2nd Place Honors for “The Last/First Kiss” - The Texas Black Film Festival
Andrea Ashton is an ex-Californian (Bay Area born and raised), current New Yorker, wife, mom, and award-winning filmmaker. Growing up in a broken home, she gravitated toward make-believe as soon as she could lift a pencil, passing her time writing stories and plays. When reality is hard to face, storytelling is a refuge and she had a wealth of drama within her own home to record. In order to understand and explain the behavior of those around her, she became adept at capturing what it is to be human. Filmmaking became a natural and visual extension of that passion.
Her first short film, "Pick a Color", based on a dark chapter of her teen years, was received with a wildly successful festival run, winning a bunch of awards (even beating out features), and accepting an invitation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to archive its negative with them.
Fast forward through years of child-rearing and making corporate videos to pay the bills, she emerged to become a finalist for both Sundance and Film Independent Labs, and to direct three more shorts and several TV and digital pilots, garnering film festival awards, critical love, and thousands of YouTube views. Who knew mothering would be such incredible filmmaker training ground? Planning, organization, conflict resolution, creative persuasion to get her way, learning how to focus in the presence of chaos, and even simplicities like saying please and thank you are just a few transferable skills. Of greatest note, mothering has given her deeper insight into the human condition, resulting in films with emotional impact and resonance, moving people not only to believe, but more importantly, to feel.
Andrea’s had the fortune to shadow television directors Rob Bailey (Criminal Minds, Lethal Weapon, CSI, Grimm), Scott White (CSI, Without a Trace), and Louis Shaw Milito (Lucifer, CSI) on Warner Brothers’ Gotham. As a member of NYWIFT, Cinefemme, and NYC Women Filmmakers, she’s also an active proponent of bringing more female voices to the screen. Her latest endeavor, When Joy Fell, a dark romantic comedy feature screenplay she wrote and will direct, was one of eight projects selected to participate in NYWIFT’s 2019 From Script to Pre-Production Lab.
Her IMDB link is here.