Daniel Sawka

Daniel Sawka (b. 1987) is a writer/director with international experience, working on projects in both the US and in Sweden.

Sawka graduated with an MFA in film directing at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles where he received the school’s Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award upon graduating in 2016. Sawka’s thesis short film Icebox went on to become shortlisted (final 10) for the 2018 Academy Awards in the short film category, won the Grand Jury Award at AFI Fest and was shown at prestigious festivals such as Telluride and Clermont-Ferrand.

Sawka then started working with multiple Academy Award winner James L. Brooks (Terms of EndearmentAs Good As It GetsThe Simpsons) and his production company Gracie Films. This collaboration resulted in the adaptation of Iceboxinto a feature film, written and directed by Sawka. The film, distributed by HBO, premiered in December 2018, receiving critical acclaim. Icebox was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award, won the Cinema Without Borders Award, the NAMIC Vision Award and several categories of the Imagine Awards. The collaboration with James L. Brooks and Gracie Films continued in 2019 with the development of another project.

Currently, Sawka is collaborating with Anagram on his first Swedish feature film, and writing a TV-series for Blackpills Entertainment, which he is also attached to direct.

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Critic's Choice Awards Nominee (Best Movie Made for TV) US – Icebox 2019
NAMIC Vision Awards (Best Original Movie) US – Icebox 2019
Imagen Foundation Awards  (Best PrimeTime Program - Specials, Movies & Limited Series) US – Icebox 2019
Cinema Without Borders (Bridging the Border Award ) US – Icebox 2019
Academy Awards Shortlist (Best Live Action Short Film) US – Icebox 2018
AFI Fest (Grand Jury Prize) US – Icebox 2016
Seattle International Film Festival Nominee (Best Short Film) US – Icebox 2016
AFI Conservatory (Franklin J. Shaffner Award) US 2016
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Filmography

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Daniel Sawka is a writer/director with international experience, working on projects in both the US and in Sweden.

Sawka graduated with an MFA in film directing at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he received the school’s Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award for Best Film’ upon graduating in 2016. Sawka’s thesis short film, Icebox, went on to become shortlisted (final 10) for the 2018 Academy Awards in the short film category and won the Grand Jury Award at AFI Fest.

Sawka then started working with multiple Academy Award winner James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets, The Simpsons) and his production company Gracie Films. This collaboration resulted in the adaptation of Icebox into a feature film, written and directed by Sawka. The film, distributed by HBO, premiered in December 2018, receiving critical acclaim. Icebox was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award, won the Cinema Without Borders Award and the NAMIC Vision Award. The collaboration with James L. Brooks and Gracie Films continued in 2019 with the development of another project, soon to be announced.

Currently, Sawka is collaborating with Anagram on his first Swedish feature film, and writing a TV-series for Blackpills Entertainment, which he is also attached to direct.