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Passionate about filmmaking since the age of 12, I'm on a constant quest to evoke the truth of the human condition. I'm fascinated by the sociology of social acceptance, minority groups, and mental health, striving to make content that makes a viewer feel heard and understood.

My projects have been featured by Deadline, Digital Journal, Indie Shorts Magazine, and Curve Magazine and I've collaborated alongside iTunes Top Chart Singer/SongwritersBroadway talent, and the official YouTube Space in NY.

 

As a director, I've won awards at film festivals around the country including Best LGBTQ+ Short at the Lady Filmmakers Festival in Beverly Hills.

Most recently, I was selected to participate in D5in10, a creative portfolio building program through Droga 5, Ad Age's Agency of the Decade. 

I earned my BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for Film and Television Production, with additional education at the Film and Television Institute of the Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic and The Edit Center NY.

Outside of independent filmmaking, I've worked on the post production teams for Emmy and Golden Globe Award-Winning television series and commercials. Some credits include Showtime's VICE, FX's Fosse/Verdon, NBC's Saturday Night Live, CBS's Evil, USA's The Sinner, Netflix's The Good Cop, and Ken Burns' Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.

My COVID hobbies include cooking, dancing alone in my room, and playing the piano (badly). New goal: be the only chick in Brooklyn to master BOTH skateboarding AND roller skating. 

AWARDS + OFFICAL SELECTIONS

  • LADY FILMMAKERS FILM FESTIVAL - Best LGBTQ+ Short

  • NEW YORK LIFT-OFF ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL - Top 10 Voted Films

  • FIRST RUN FILM FESTIVAL - Faculty Commendation

  • GOLD STAR FILM FESTIVAL - Best Drama

  • NYU TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - Founders Day Award

  • INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY - Thespian of the Year

  • INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY - Best Comedic Performance

  • NEW YORK NO LIMITS SHORT FILM SERIES - New York, NY

  • LONGLEAF FILM FESTIVAL - Raleigh, NC 

  • BLOW-UP ARTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Chicago, IL

  • CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - Short Film Corner - Cannes, France 

  • HALLOWEEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Kill Devil Hills, NC 

  • SMILES II GRIM COSTUME FILM SCREENING - Brooklyn, NY

  • VISIONARIA FEST - Siena, Italy 

  • IN.S.A.N.E. ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL - Malmo, Sweden 

  • BOBST FILM FESTIVAL - New York, NY

  • HARVARD FILM FESTIVAL - Cambridge, MA

  • LAFAYETTE FILM FESTIVAL - New York, NY

  • JELLYFEST - Los Angeles, CA

  • TALLY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL - Tallahassee, FL 

  • THE AMERICAS FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK - New York, NY

  • OUT OF CAUTION - The Brick Theater - New York, NY

  • LIBERALLY QUARTERLY - Liberally - London, UK

VICTORIAGDUNCAN[AT]GMAIL.COM

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TESTIMONIALS

"Victoria told me about a remarkably ambitious film project she was spearheading for her senior project.

I was more than impressed. She had fearlessly embraced a challenge that would scare a lot of pros and did so while still a full-time intern. I think Victoria has a rare combination of talents and proclivities that would serve any production: a well-rounded skill set mixed with a strong work ethic; driving ambition tempered with patience and calm; and a willingness to say, 'I don't know how to do that, but I want to learn."

Those combinations are a lot more rare than most people think." 

- Don Roy King, 10x Emmy Winning Director of Saturday Night Live

"Ms. Duncan's studio productions demonstrated a determination to perfect her skills as a director and,

in the process, developed her own unique style of shooting with three cameras and blocking actors. I also noted on one of her project evaluations that as a director she consistently inspires her crew to do their best. Of particular note was her final project, Trudy, an original teleplay on a young woman having a date with her high school crush and realizing what a complete loser he had become.

 

This was an extremely challenging project in terms of the time constraints- two hours- and a number

of sets- the actual Mexican restaurant scene and flashbacks to her high school memories. Ms. Duncan directed the production with real expertise to the extent in the class screening all praised her sense of comedy, very clever script, set design, and performances. Most recently, I screened Trudy

for my present Sight & Sound: Studio section as an exceptional example of a final project.

My students were very impressed and asked many questions on how Ms. Duncan

had accomplished the project in such a short amount of time."

- Evelyn McVeigh, Professor at Tisch School of the Arts

 

"Victoria's positive, outgoing personality and strong intelligence were a perfect addition to our team.

She is an excellent problem-solver with a strong work ethic; both crucial components for a successful

filmmaker. In addition to her work at Ark, Victoria shared some of her own narrative film work with me.

Her short films are creative and carefully executed, and Victoria is excited to discuss ideas openly about

her developing projects. This is an important skill for any director and

a testament to Victoria's dedication to growing as an artist."

- Bonnie Foster, Ark Media

GEAR

- Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro Lens

- Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

- Zhiyun Weebill S 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

- Video 160 LED Light and 180-degree Quick Flip Rotating Flash Bracket

- 72" Monopod + Tripod

- Canon Rebel T3

- Zoom H4N Handheld Recorder

- Davinci Resolve 17

- Adobe Creative Cloud

OTHER STUFF I DO

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PIANO PLAYING

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I've always wanted to learn piano.

So during COVID, I bought myself
a keyboard and went for it. 

Skateboarding

I never saw myself as a "skater girl". But after the trauma of bicycle and skating injuries as a kid, I figured I'd face my fears.--

...Literally. This was a week after I fell on my face.

Why I kept skating is a mystery.

Dance

I'd like to call myself a dancer for life. 

I trained in classical ballet as a kid, which morphed into eventually getting certified to teach Zumba.  

If I somehow become immobile from the waist down and can no longer dance, I'm honestly not sure what I'll do with myself.