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Photo credit: Carlos DeLaRosa, Jr.


(Partial List)

Africa Movie Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Diaspora Short Film

The Script Lab Screenwriting Contest - Winner

Queen Palm International Film Festival - Winner, Best TV Concept

The Red List - #2 in the Historical TV Category (Top 20 List)

Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition - Finalist (Top 10)

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition - Top 50 Short Screenplays

Launchpad Feature Competition - Top 100 Screenplays


Stowe Story Labs - Winner, Grant Development Recipient

The Academy Nicholl Fellowship - Top 10%

Sundance Episodic Lab - 2nd Round

MACRO Episodic Lab - 2nd Round

Austin Film Festival - 2nd Rounder

SAGindie Fellowship - Finalist

WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Fellowship - Finalist

BIPOC Writers Fellowship - Semifinalist



One of the "50 Playwrights to Watch" - The Dramatists Guild

The Juilliard School, Lila Acheson American Playwriting Award - Semifinalist

Emerging Playwright Award (NYC) - Winner

Jewel Box Theatre - Winner, Best Original Play

Urban Stages (NYC), New Works for a New Season - Finalist

Ashland New Play Festival (Ashland, OR) - Finalist

NAACP Theatre Festival - Official Selection

National Black Theatre Festival - Official Selection

The Essential Theatre, D.C. - Playwriting Residency

Arkansas Repertory Theatre - Voices at the River II, Playwriting Residency


A former journalist and feature writer, La’Chris Jordan spent several years abroad in the Middle East and Europe before turning her passion to the arts. She emerged as ‘One of the 50 Playwrights to Watch’ by the Dramatists Guild along with other notable writers. Following that honor, La’Chris was selected for a three-year playwriting residency at The Essential Theatre in Washington, D.C. where she was mentored by Artistic Director S. Robert Morgan of HBO’s The Wire. Soon thereafter, she won numerous awards and merits and became known for her cathartic and compelling stories about strong, black/indigenous women. Most recently, she wrote, produced, and directed her debut film JANUARY 14TH which was nominated for Best Diaspora Short Film by the Africa Movie Academy Awards. Additionally, the project has been selected by 50+ film festivals worldwide and received 35+ award wins and nominations. La'Chris has received development grants from

the Stowe Story Labs, National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, DC Commission for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Artist Trust, among others. She was a semifinalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwriting Program at Juilliard, a SAGindie Fellowship finalist, and a BIPOC Writers Fellowship semifinalist. La’Chris is also the founder and content creator of BlackCinemadb.com, an online database of films from the Black and African Diaspora. Later this year, La’Chris is set to direct and produce her short script THE SOURCE, a political thriller starring Edwin Lee Gibson, Yvette Ganier, and A. Russell Andrews.



(Partial List)

Nominee, Best Diaspora Short Film - Africa Movie Academy Awards

Nominee, Best Writing - Queen Palm International Film Festival

Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Best Short Film - Orlando Urban Film Festival

Winner, Award of Achievement - Accolade Global Film Competition

Winner, Special Jury Mention - Best Global Shorts

Winner, Best Short Feature - Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival

Winner, Best Social Justice Film - Hollywood South Urban Film Festival

Winner, Best U.S. Social Justice Short Film - Hollywood Women's Film Festival

Winner, Social Awareness Award - Vyre Film Festival

Winner, Best Social Short - New Age Cinemas & Scripts Festival

Winner, Best Director - Short Film - Voices Rising Film Festival

Winner, Best Woman Director - Hollywood Art & Movie Awards

Winner, Best Female Director - Vyre Film Festival

Winner, Best First Time Filmmaker - Montreal Independent Film Festival

Winner, Best Women-Produced Short Film - Urban Mediamakers Film Festival

Winner, Best Directorial Debut - Gold Star Movie Awards

Winner, Best Short Film- SoCal Film Awards

Winner, Best Short - Top Indie Film Awards


Official Selection - Pan African Film Festival (Oscar-Qualifying)

Official Selection - Accra Indie Filmfest (Oscar-Qualifying)

Official Selection - San Francisco Black Film Festival

Official Selection - Urban Film Festival

Official Selection - Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival

Official Selection - Hollywood Women's Film Festival

Official Selection - Beverly Hills Film Festival

Official Selection - Roxbury International Film Festival

Official Selection - Raleigh Film & Art Festival

Official Selection - Social Justice Film Festival

Official Selection - Culture & Diversity Film Festival

Official Selection - Marina del Rey Film Festival

Official Selection - Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Official Selection - Black Film Festival of New Orleans

Official Selection - Loyola University Feminist Film Festival

Official Selection - Orlando Urban Film Festival

Official Selection - Austria International Film Festival

Official Selection - Paris In Love Film Festival

Official Selection - Oregon Short Film Festival

Official Selection - Seattle Black Film Festival

Official Selection - Indie Short Fest

Official Selection - Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival