Jessica Sanders is an Academy Award – nominated, Sundance and Cannes Young Director Award – winning director and producer of narrative and documentary films and commercials.
Jessica was honored at the prestigious Shots Young Director Awards in Cannes for her Sony “Make Believe” film, which also won an AICP award. Steve Jobs hand-picked Jessica to direct Apple’s iPad launch campaign. Since then, Jessica has directed an integrated campaign for Toyota as well as spots for American Express, Honda, Samsung, Land Rover and Proctor & Gamble, among others. Jessica was also featured in Shoot’s New Directors Showcase and was a First Board Awards Finalist.
Jessica is currently in development and pre-production as a director of “PICKING COTTON,” a narrative scripted feature movie based on the best-selling nonfiction book. She was awarded the Sloan Science Foundation grant at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Discovery Award at Los Cabos Film Festival to develop the film. The movie is based on a story in her Sundance-winning film “AFTER INNOCENCE”, which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards and became a game changer in criminal justice reform, helping bring awareness and change for wrongfully convicted people.
Jessica was nominated for an Academy Award for “SING”, a short film that tells the universal story of how squeaky-voiced 8 year olds learn to sing and become amazing choristers with the LA Opera, LA Phil, Placido Domingo and other maestros.
She followed these theatrical films with “MARCH OF THE LIVING,” a feature documentary which she wrote and directed. The story, a Brazilian Production filmed in five languages, features Jewish teenagers from around the world accompanying the last generation of survivors to the sites of the Holocaust in Poland, in an act of remembrance.
Jessica studied film at Wesleyan University and graduated cum laude in English and Film Studies. She is an alumna of the Film Independent Producers & Screenwriters Lab and the Tribeca All Access Program. In 2015 she was selected as a director fellow for 21 Century Fox and Fox Audience Strategy Program, which develops and showcases the talents of women directors. She is a member of the ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES, DGA and WGA.