UGFTV Alum Avery Looser, Semi-Finalist for Carol Mendelsohn Award

Monday, Jul 11, 2022

Avery Looser
Avery Looser

Congratulations to Avery Looser, her screenplay, Simian, is a semi-finalist for The Humanitas 2022 Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Award. Humanitas College Screenwriting Awards recognize writers whose work advances the Humanitas mission and who are currently enrolled in a college or university program.

Simian: An orphaned business executive surprises her husband with a visit to his childhood home for their honeymoon, but soon confronts the insidious island culture dictating the lives of the female residents.

Avery Looser is a writer, director, and producer with a focus on female-led narratives in front of and behind the camera. Her personal work has been recognized by NFFTY, AAHSFF, SXSW, Sun Valley Film Festival, while her branded and documentary works have been featured on ABC, CBS,, and more. Most recently, Avery worked in the AD Department on Wes Anderson’s latest brainchild, Asteroid City, and worked as an impact researcher on NYU Professor Susan Sandler’s award-winning documentary, Julia Scotti: Funny that Way. Currently, Avery is the New York Office Assistant at American Empirical Pictures and a reader at Putnam Productions. In addition to filmmaking, Avery runs her own media company, BraveMouse, which requires a minimum of 51% women in production on all projects.  

Avery is a proud alumnus of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, earning her BFA in Film and Television with a Minor in Producing, Class of 2022, as a University Scholar and Summa Cum Laude.

"SIMIAN would not exist without Susan Sandler and the incredible community of writers she fostered during our year-long feature development class at NYU. She created an environment in which boldness was encouraged, feedback was welcome, and individuality was applauded. If it were not for the love and support I felt during my time with Susan and our small class seven over zoom, I would not have had the courage or confidence to share and write SIMIAN." - Avery Looser