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Barbara Stepansky
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Barbara Stepansky is a 2013 Nicholl Fellow and an award-winning independent feature film director. Her work was short listed for the Academy Awards, garnered the DGA Diversity Award and the Student Emmy and was featured on the Black List. She is the recipient of the Mary Pickford Foundation Scholarship and the Franklin J. Schaffner AFI Fellow Award.

Born in Poland, her father's involvement in the Solidarity movement led to the family relocating to Germany. After receiving a degree in philosophy of science from University College London, Barbara pursued her Master's at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and in Directing at the American Film Institute with her acclaimed short film THE TROJAN COW.

She has directed three feature films (HURT with Melora Walters, William Mapother, FUGUE, TAKEN FOR RANSOM with Teri Polo, Chazz Palminteri, Tia Carrere), several web series (EX-BEST, AWKWARD SUNRISE) and numerous short films (THE TROJAN COW, ROAD RAGE, SUBSTANCE). Currently, she has completed FLINT for Storyline Entertainment and Lifetime/Sony.