Nadia Shihab




2021 Master of Fine Arts, University of California at Berkeley

2009 Master of City & Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley 

2003 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin


2021  Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt

2021  Middle East Now, Florence, Italy

2020  Arab Film Festival, Tübingen, Germany

2020  Arab Festival, Washington, DC 

2020  Liverpool Arab Film Festival, Liverpool, UK

2019  Kassel Dokfest, Kassel, Germany

2019  San Diego Asian Film Festival, San Diego, CA

2019  Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville, VA

2019  Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Hot Springs, AK

2019  Arab Film Festival, Oakland, CA

2019  Flatland Film Festival, Lubbock, TX

2019  Austin Asian American Film Festival, Austin, TX

2019  CAAMFest, San Francisco, CA

2019  DOXA, Vancouver, Canada

2019  Ecrans du Reel, Beirut, Lebanon

2019  Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Los Angeles

2019  Dallas International Film Festival, Dallas, TX

2019  Ashland Independent Film Festival, Ashland, OR

2019  Indie Grits, South Carolina

2018  Houston Cinema Arts Film Festival, Houston, TX

2018  New Orleans Film Festival, New Orleans, LA

2018  Atlas Cinema, AFAC Film Week, Algiers, Algeria

2017  Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

2017  Sursock Museum of Contemporary Art, Beirut, Lebanon

2014  Spectacle Cinema, New York

2014  AFAC Film Week, Beirut, Lebanon

2014  Roxie Theater, San Francisco

2014  Arab American National Museum, Detroit, MI

2014  MIZNA Twin Cities Film Festival, Minneapolis, MN

2014  Gulf Film Festival, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2013  Ars Independent Film Festival, Katowice, Poland

2013  Bird’s Eye View Film Festival, London

2013  Cinema du Reel, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2012  Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai, UAE




2020  Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2015  Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco

2014  B4bel4b Gallery, Oakland

2014  Fort Mason Gallery, San Francisco

2013  Artists Television Access, San Francisco

2013  De Young Museum, San Francisco

2012  Artists Television Access (ATA), San Francisco

2012  Project Artaud, San Francisco

2012  FM Gallery, Oakland

2011  Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose

2010  Kaleidoscope, San Francisco

2010  Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

2009  Santa Cruz Looping Festival, Santa Cruz

2009  Rowan Morrison Gallery, Oakland





2020  Independent Spirit Award, Truer than Fiction Award

2019  Special Jury Award, San Diego Asian American Film Festival

2019  Special Jury Award, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

2019  Best Documentary Feature, Austin Asian American Film Festival

2018  Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary, New Orleans Film Festival

2017  Firelight Documentary Lab Fellowship

2017  Center for Asian American Media Grant

2017  Sundance Institute Documentary Fund

2017  MacDowell Colony, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

2016  Tribeca Film Institute All Access Grant

2016  IFP Independent Filmmaker Documentary Lab

2015  Flaherty Film Seminar Fellowship, George Stoney Fellowship

2014  Djerassi Residency, Kenneth Rainin Foundation Honorary Fellowship

2014  Center for Community Innovation - Investing in Artists Award

2012  Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

2011  Pacific Pioneer Fund Award

2011  BAVC New Media Mediamaker Fellowship

2010  ITVS Diversity Development Fund Grant

2009  Texas Tech University, Formby Archival Research Fellowship

2008  California Planning Foundation Scholarship

2008  UC Berkeley Dept of City Planning Departmental Fellowship

2006  Fulbright Research Fellowship (Turkey)



2021 School of Journalism, UC Berkeley, Artist Talk

2020 "Sonic Routes and Passages of Repair", UC Berkeley, Artist Talk, Virtual

2020 UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television, Artist Talk, Virtual

2020 San Francisco Film School, Artist Talk, Virtual

2020 Asian American Journalists Association, Panel Discussion, Annual Conference, Virtual

2020 Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, Artist Talk, Virtual

2019 Yemeni Youth Media Project, Artist Talk, Arab Film & Media Institute, Oakland            

2019 The Representation Project & Global Girl Media, Artist Talk, Oakland

2019 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival Panel Discussion, Japanese American National Museum, LA

2019 Roots & Reflections, World Women’s Day Panel Talk, Brava Theater, San Francisco     

2018 Bad Feminists Making Film, Artist Panel & Live Podcast, MACLA Gallery, San Jose

2018 Meet the Makers, Artist Panel, Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, TX 

2018 "Cinematic Sanctuaries", Artist Panel, Greater New Orleans Foundation, New Orleans

2018 "On Personal Filmmaking", Oakland International High School Media Program

2017 Artist Talk, MacDowell Colony

2014 Artist Talk, Djerassi Residency




Jaddoland: An intergenerational portrait of love, (land), and loss, The New Arab, June 2020

The Liminal Echoes of the Displaced Soul, Film Inquiry, May 2020

Our Own Creative Processes are Intertwined, World Channel Interview, May 2020

Spirit Award Winners: The Complete List, Variety, Feb 2020

Awards Party Carpet Chat with Nadia Shihab, Feb 2020

2020 Spirit Award Winners List, Indiewire, Feb 2020

Kelly Reichardt, Producer Mollye Asher among Spirit Award Winners, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 2020

Films that Transcend Southern Stereotypes, Hyperallergic, Nov 2019

World Channel Pursues Role as Early Stage Co-Producer, CURRENT, Sept 2019

Texas Made Documentaries Shine at Austin Asian American Film Festival, Sightlines, May 2019

AIFF Teen Press Interview with Nadia Shihab, Ashland Independent FF, April 2019

Filmmaker Revisits her Lubbock Life in Jaddoland, Houston Chronicle, Nov. 2018


2017 Artist in Residency    MacDowell Colony

2014 Artist in Residency    Djerassi Residency

2010 Artist in Residency    San Francisco Film Society, Filmhouse Residency