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Eliza Hittman
Eliza Hittman-0549.jpg
Born1979 (age 41–42)
Alma mater
Years active2008–present

Eliza Hittman (born 1979) is an American screenwriter, film director, and producer from New York City.

Early life

Hittman was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She grew up with her father, an anthropologist, and her mother, a social worker.[1] As she grew up she attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, where she was a theater buff.[2] She graduated from Indiana University in 2001 with a BA in theater and drama,[3] but later went on to study art and film, and in 2010 received her MFA from the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts.[4] Hittman is Jewish.[5][6] While at the California Institute of the arts, she met her partner Scott Cummings. They share a son, born circa 2015.[7]


In 2010, Hittman wrote and directed a short film while in grad school titled, Second Cousins Once Removed. This short film premiered at Oberhausen festival in Germany, and was the first film she ever submitted to any festival.[8]

Her short film Forever's Gonna Start Tonight premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival[9] and was on Indiewire's "The Best of the Best" list.[10]

Hittman's first feature film, It Felt Like Love, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival[11] and opened at the IFC Center in New York in March 2014.[12] It has received positive reviews, with a score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.[13] It was a Critic's Pick of both The New York Times[14] and the Village Voice.[15] She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Indie Film in 2013.[16]

Her second film Beach Rats, was selected for the 2015 Sundance Screenwriter's Lab,[17] had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017, and was acquired by Neon.[18][19]

Her third film, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, is about two teenagers in rural Pennsylvania who travel to New York City to access an abortion for an unwanted pregnancy. It premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Award for Neo-Realism.[20] The film was also selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival and won Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, the second most prestigious prize at the festival. In a 2020 interview with FF2 Media, Hittman explains the balance she struck between documentary cinema vérité and narrative: "[Planned Parenthood] read drafts, gave me access to people to interview, and allowed us to shoot in their facility. It was a balance, I think, because obviously, I'm not a documentary filmmaker. The film is ultimately a character study. I really tried to absorb as much perspective and information as I could but then sort of shape it into a unique fictional story."[21]



Year Title Director Producer Writer Distribution
2013 It Felt Like Love Yes Yes Yes Variance Films
2017 Beach Rats Yes No Yes Neon
2020 Never Rarely Sometimes Always Yes No Yes Focus Features


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2018 High Maintenance Yes No Yes 2 episodes; HBO
2018 13 Reasons Why Yes No No 2 episodes; Netflix

Short films

Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2008 A Lumiere Yes Yes No
2009 Trickster Yes No No Also editor
2010 Andy No Yes No
2010 Second Cousins Once Removed Yes Yes Yes
2011 Forever's Gonna Start Tonight Yes Yes Yes
2014 Buffalo Juggalos No Yes No Documentary Short


In 2014, for It Felt Like Love, she was nominated for the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award,[22] and for the John Cassavetes Spirit Award.[23]

With her sophomore film, Beach Rats, in 2017 Hittman won the Directing Award: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Screenwriting in a U.S. Feature at Outfest, the Grand Jury Prize at the Independent Film Festival Boston, and the Future/Now Prize at the Montclair Film Festival. Beach Rats was nominated for several more awards during its premiere season.

In 2017, Beach Rats premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where she won the Directing Award, and internationally premiered at Locarno in the Golden Leopard Competition and was the Centerpiece Film at New Directors / New Films. In 2018, it was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Male Lead at the Independent Spirit awards and a Breakthrough Actor Award for the Gothams Awards.[24]

Beach Rats was also the winner of the Best Narrative Film at the 2017 Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Best Feature Film at the 2017 Hamburg Film Festival, and the Outstanding Screenwriting in a U.S. Feature at the L.A. Outfest Awards.. This film was very accomplished in 2017.

She was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for film-video in 2018.[25]

In 2021, she was selected as Jury President for International competition section of 74th Locarno Film Festival held from 4 to 14 August.[26]

See also


  1. ^ "Early life". April 4, 2020.
  2. ^ Mark, Morales. "Murrow HS grad's first full-length film to be featured at Sundance with a little help from alumni". NY Daily News. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Stages" (PDF). Indiana University. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Fraser, Paul. "24700". Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Eliza Hittman Archives".
  6. ^ "Eliza Hittman Gives Teaser of New Film". February 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "Her Dark Materials". Vulture. April 4, 2020.
  8. ^ "Interview of 'Second Cousins Once Removed'". March 17, 2020.
  9. ^ "Forever's Gonna Start Tonight". Sundance Institute. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  10. ^ Katie, Walsh. "Exclusive: Poster Premiere For Sundance Coming-Of-Age Drama 'It Felt Like Love'". Indiewire. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  11. ^ DeFore, John (January 24, 2013). "It Felt Like Love: Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "It Felt Like Love". IFC Center. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  13. ^ "It Felt Like Love (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  14. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (2014). "It Felt Like Love (2013)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 21, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  15. ^ Wilson, Chuck. "It Felt Like Love: A Bracing Look at What Girls Want". Village Voice. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  16. ^ "Eliza Hittman". Filmmaker Magazine. July 15, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  17. ^ "Sundance Institute Announces 12 Projects for 2015 January Screenwriters Lab". Sundance. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  18. ^ "Beach Rats". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  19. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 28, 2017). "'Beach Rats' Lands Deal With Neon At Sundance". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  20. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 2, 2020). "Sundance Film Festival Awards: 'Minari' Scores Double Top Honors – The Complete Winners List". Deadline. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  21. ^ "Eliza Hittman talks Never Rarely Sometimes Always". FF2 Media. March 13, 2020. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  22. ^ Luers, Erik (October 23, 2014). "Nominees Announced for 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP". IFP. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  23. ^ "30th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced". Film Independent. November 25, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  24. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation".
  25. ^ "Eliza Hittman". Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  26. ^ "74th Locarno Film Festival (Concorso Internazionale: Jury)". Locarno Film Festival. July 3, 2021. Retrieved July 3, 2021.

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