Dash Donato

Dash Donato (they/she) is an award-winning director (D.G.A), screenwriter, and producer. Her feature directorial debut, Gossamer Folds, was nominated for “Outstanding Picture in a Limited Release Category” at the GLAAD Media Awards (2022), earned her “Best New Director” at the Brooklyn Film Festival, and is now available on AppleTV, Amazon Prime, and Vudu. They co-wrote the feature film, Signature Move, which world-premiered at SXSW and can now be found on HBOMax and most major streaming platforms. Her short film, Spunkle, won the Emerging LGBTQ+ Filmmaker award at Cannes and was adapted into a 30-minute TV comedy show. The pitch was sold in the room to Warner Brothers in 2019 (unfortunately, the show did not find a network/cable home). She directed a Telly-winning DocuSeries about drag culture, Behind The Drag, which showcases the real lives of American drag queens. Since 2015, their short and feature films have screened at hundreds of film festivals worldwide, including Cannes, SXSW, Tribeca, Outfest, Frameline, Sidewalk, and Bentonville. She has dedicated her work to the centering of people relegated to the margins. She’s earned a passionate following by telling stories that don’t shy from the unique struggles of female identifying and gender fluid folks, but focus on the power, resilience, and love they demonstrate in the face of them.


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