Victoria Duncan - Director / Producer - Based in New York, NY

Victoria Duncan is an award-winning director and producer whose work has screened at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival - Beverly Hills, New York No Limits Short Film Series, Blow-Up Arthouse International Film Festival, the Cannes Short Film Corner, and others.

 

She is intrigued by human sociology and aims to create work that encourages empathy and understanding towards the mixed bag of individuals that comprise the beautiful place we call Earth.

Victoria earned her degree at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts studying Film and Television Production with minors in entertainment producing and child mental health. She also spent 5 months studying 35mm filmmaking at FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic. 

When she is not directing and producing her own projects, she focuses her expertise in the post production department for major television series and commercials. Some of her credits include Saturday Night Live, FX's Fosse/Verdon, CBS's Evil, USA's The Sinner, Netflix's The Good Cop, and Ken Burns' Cancer Documentary.

 

Victoria has also held roles in the production and art departments for NBC's The Blacklist and Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. 

As an independent filmmaker, Victoria has harnessed a mixed bag of random skills ranging from crowdfunding (raising nearly $30,000 total), PR, and social media marketing.

When she's not hustling in the industry she loves so much, Victoria enjoys spending her time dancing, escaping to the ocean, traveling the world, and spending a sad amount of money on delicious meals because New York City is a hotbed of temptation.

AWARDS/HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

  • TALLY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL - Tallahassee, FL 

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

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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

© 2019 By Victoria Duncan Films

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