Shawn Snyder is the by-product of a Suburban South Florida upbringing. After receiving his BA in Religion from Harvard, he spent most of his twenties on the road as a gypsy singer/songwriter. The last few years have seen a return to Shawn's deep-rooted passion for filmmaking, and he is continuing his education as a student at NYU's Graduate Film Program. His pre-thesis film, FESTUS, won the 2015 CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Student Drama. His short, LULU, premiered at the 2015 Palm Springs International ShortsFest. Shawn is the recipient of the NYU-Sloan $100,000 First Feature Prize to direct TO DUST, co-written with frequent collaborator Jason Begue, his first feature film.