Awards and Distinctions

Tiffany Shlain has won over 80 awards and distinctions, including:

Genius100
2017 Inclusion in The Albert Einstein Foundation book Genius100.

50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present & Future of Women + Power
2017 50/50 is currently the focus of an art exhibit at the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum

The Making of a Mensch
2016 Global Insights Award from The Black Maria Film Festival

The Future Starts Here

  • Nominated for an Emmy Award (New Approaches: Arts, Culture, Lifestyle 2014)
  • 2015: Best of Fest – The My Hero Project Film Festival
  • 2015: Relationships First Award – The My Hero Project Film Festival
  • 2015: Best Documentary / Comedy US – Webfest Montréal
  • 2015: Best Non-Fiction – Rome Web Awards
  • 2015: Best Editing – Rome Web Awards
  • 2015: Media Partner Award – WAU (Best Innovative Creation) – Rome Web Awards
  • 2015: Outstanding Host – LA Web Fest
  • 2015: Outstanding Editing – LA Web Fest
  • 2015: Outstanding Sound Design – LA Web Fest
  • 2014: Best Educational Film- Robot Film Festival (Why We Love Robots)
  • 2013: Nominee Best Original Non-Scripted Video Show/Series- Digiday Video Awards

Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology (2011)
Connected has played at over 70 top film festivals including: Sundance Film Festival, Cannes MIPdoc, Nashville Film Festival, Jerusalem International Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, and Rio de Janeiro Film Festival.

  • 2013: Best Documentary Film – Mumbai Women’s Int’l Film Festival
  • 2013: Best Feature – The Big Easy Film and Music Festival
  • 2012: Disruptive Innovation Award – The Tribeca Film Festival
  • 2012: Selected by the US State Department & USC for the 2012 American Film Showcase
  • 2012: Best Documentary Feature – Atlanta Int’l Film Festival
  • 2012: Best in Show- LA Movie Awards
  • 2012: Best Director- LA Movie Awards
  • 2012: Best Visual Effects- LA Movie Awards
  • 2012: 1st Place Feature Documentary- LA Movie Awards
  • 2012: Award of Excellence from the Accolade Competition
  • 2011: Women in Film Award – All Roads Grant National Geographic
  • 2011: Interdependence Film Prize – Berlin Film Festival & The Interdependence Movement
  • 2011: Audience Award for Best Documentary – Maui Film Festival
  • 2011: Metta Media Award – Dallas Video Fest
  • 2011: Best Feature Documentary – Portland Maine Film Festival
  • 2011: Honorable Mention – Jerusalem Int’l Film Festival
  • 2011: World Premiere Sundance Film Festival documentary competition
  • Included in the Sundance Collection at UCLA
  • Script selected to be part of the core collection at the Library of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

The Science of Character (2014)

  • 2014: Selected by the U.S. State Department for the 2014 American Film Showcase
  • 2014: Best Educational Film from My HERO Film Festival

Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks (2013)

  • 2013: Selected by the U.S. State Department for the 2013 American Film Showcase
  • 2013: 1st Place in “Animated” Film from MY HERO Film Festival
  • 2013: The Best Short Educational Film from The Int’l Family Film Festival
  • 2013: The Best Documentary award at The West Chester Film Festival

A Declaration of Interdependence (2011)

A Declaration of Interdependence premiered at Interdependence Day on September 12, 2011 at Ground Zero and was selected to play as a featured film on YouTube’s homepage. The film had a festival tour with the Black Maria Film Festival and the Rincon International Film Festival.

  • 2013: 1st Place in “Experimental” Film from MY HERO Film Festival
  • 2012: Nominated for Best Chronicle, Best Music and Best Editing- Maverick Movie Awards
  • 2012: Selected by the National Gallery of Art screening – Black Maria Film Festival
  • 2012: Director’s Choice – Black Maria Film Festival
  • 2012: Award of Merit- Best Shorts Competition
  • Translated into 65 different languages

Yelp:With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl (2011)

Yelp has played at over 20 film festivals including: Sundance Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Chicago Reel Shorts, SF Jewish Film Festival, San Francisco Green Film Festival and Rincon International Film Festival.

  • 2012: Juror’s Citation – Black Maria Film Festival
  • 2012: Award of Excellence – Best Shorts Competition
  • 2011: Best Performance (Peter Coyote-Narrator) – Maverick Movie Awards
  • 2011: Nominated for Ovation TV Short Film Contest Finalist
  • 2011: Airing on Outside TV starting November 2011 in Telluride, CO
  • 2011: World Premiere Sundance Film Festival
  • 2010: Guggenheim Museum/Youtube Video Biennial Short List
  • Included in The Journal of Short Films Volume 26
  • Included in the Sundance Collection at UCLA

The Tribe (2006)

The Tribe has played at over 100 film festivals including: Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and Warsaw.

  • 2011: Selected as one of the retrospective films to stream in the Tribeca Online Film Festival
  • 2010: Ovation Award for Best Documentary – LACMA screening in LA
  • 2008: Best Documentary Short – Cleveland Int’l Film Festival
  • 2008: Third Prize – Brothers Festival of Shorts
  • 2008: Best Documentary – Westchester Film Festival
  • 2007: First Documentary to be #1 on iTunes
  • 2007: Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Doc – Florida Film Festival
  • 2007: Best Documentary – New York Shorts Fest
  • 2007: Best Documentary Short – Golden Star Awards
  • 2007: Best Short Documentary: Warsaw Jewish Film Festival
  • 2007: Best Contemporary Jewish Film: Warsaw International Film Festival of Jewish Motifs
  • 2007: Best Documentary: LA Shorts Fest
  • 2007: Best Int’l Jewish Topics – Argentina Int’l Jewish Film Festival
  • 2007: Pioneer Award – Warsaw Film Festival
  • 2006: Indiewire’s Sundance Critics’ Choice Award
  • 2006: Best Short Documentary – Nashville Film Festival
  • 2006: Directors Choice Award – Black Maria Film Festival
  • 2006: Audience Award – Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • 2006: Best Historical Documentary – San Francisco Women’s Film Festival

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness (2003)

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness played at 20 film festivals including: Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival.

  • 2004: Honorable Mention in the Best Women’s Short Film Category at the Cleveland International Film Festival
  • 2004: Inclusion in the Sundance Collection at UCLA
  • 2003: Best Documentary Short – Moab Film Festival
  • 2003: Juror’s Citation – Black Maria Film Festival
  • 2003: Finalist in National Short Film & Video Competition – USA Film Festival
  • 2003: Affiliate Award for Excellence from Planned Parenthood Federation
  • 2003: Nominated for Golden Gate Award – San Francisco Int’l Film Festival
  • 2003: Honorable Mention in Best Women’s Short Category – Cleveland Int’l Film Festival

Earlier Films:

  • 1992: Best Experimental Film – Hunter & Pandora – Cinequest Film Festival
  • 1992: Eisner Award, Highest Award in Art by the Chancellor’s Committee – UCBerkeley

Art & Design:

  • 2006: Artist-in-Residence – Headland Center for the Arts
  • 2001: HOW International Design Award for Webby Awards Invitation
  • 1999: American Graphic Design Award for Webby Awards Invitation

Leadership:

  • 2017: Inclusion in The Albert Einstein Foundation book Genius100.
  • 2017: US State Department Film Expert for The American Film Showcase
  • 2017: Keynote Commencement Speaker: San Jose State Art Department
  • 2012-2016: American Film Showcase filmmaker for the past 3 years
  • 2013: Disruptive Innovation Award from The Tribeca Film Festival
  • 2007: Present: Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute
  • 2011: Nominated for Women of Vision Award – L’Oreal/Entertainment Weekly/Sundance
  • 2010: Named one of Newsweek’s “Women Shaping the 21st Century”
  • 2010: Keynote Commencement Address at UCBerkeley
  • Recipient: Creating Socially Responsible Films by Partners Ending Domestic Abuse
  • Recipient: The Victoria Award for Ethical Leadership – The Woodhull Institute
  • Recipient: Activist Award on behalf of Women’s Rights – Ritz Carlton from Planned Parenthood
  • Recipient: Shining Star Award – American Women in Radio in Television
  • 1992: Valedictorian Speaker – Interdisciplinary Department UCBerkeley
  • 1988: Student Ambassador in the People to People program – traveled to the USSR

Special Screenings:

  • 2017: 50/50 at LucasFilms in SF for 50/50 Day, The National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC and the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum in Salt Lake City.
  • 2016: The Science of Character, The Adaptable Mind & The Making of a Mensch screened online and at over 93,00 schools and organizations around the world for our first ever Global Cloud Film Premiere
  • 2014: Brain Power screened in Tel Aviv, Israel as part of The American Film Showcase
  • 2013: Special San Francisco screening of the full series, The Future Starts Here at the new Exploratorium Theater
  • 2013: Launched The Future Starts Here AOL original series in New York City
  • 2013: Premiered Brain Power the film and TED Book simultaneously at The California Academy of Sciences Nightlife
  • 2012: Screening Connected in South Africa as part of The American Film Showcase
  • 2012: Connected had a theatrical release and screened in 11 cities around the US
  • 2011: Premiered A Declaration of Interdependence at Ground Zero on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11
  • 2011: Both Connected and Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl premiered at Sundance
  • 2004: “Film Feasts” – award winning shorts screening Ohio
  • 2004: The Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences
  • 2004: Berkeley Rep. Theater Berkeley, California
  • 2004: Parkway Theater, Oakland
  • 2004: IFP Los Angeles
  • 2004: Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles – Political Documentary Run
  • 2004: Reproductive Rights March in DC
  • 2004: Inclusion in “Best of Film Festival Shorts DVD”
  • 2003: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF200
  • 2003: Pacific Film Archive at UCBerkeley
  • 2003: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF Ten Year Anniversary
  • 2003: Museum of Fine Arts
  • 2003: Queen’s Bench – San Francisco Women’s Lawyers
  • 2002: Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Gala (600 attendees)
  • 2002: Headland Center for the Arts – Machine Time
  • 2002: NYU Film School Director’s Series
  • 2001: San Francisco Opera House – Natural Connection
  • 2000: San Francisco Masonic Theater – Machine Time