Honoured by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Her films have been selected at over 100 film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, and Rotterdam, have won 20 awards including Audience and Grand Jury Prizes and translated into 8 languages. Tiffany’s films are a fusion of documentary and narrative and are known for their whimsical yet provocative approach unravelling complicated subjects like politics, cultural identity, technology and science. Her films include Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness about reproductive rights in America and The Tribe, an exploration of American Jewish identity through the history of the Barbie doll and the first documentary to become the Number One most downloaded short film on iTunes. As a director for both theatre and film, she has worked with Harrison Ford, Peter Coyote and Alan Cumming and was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at the Headland Centre for the Arts. Tiffany’s films and discussion programmes have been used in many diverse settings to spark dialogue about social issues. She has been singled out by The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Sundance for her cutting-edge work using documentaries and internet distribution in unique ways to engage audiences.
A sought-after speaker known for her visual presentations, she lectures worldwide on filmmaking and the Internet’s influence on society. Invitations include MIT, Apple theatres in New York City and San Francisco, The Idea Festival, Fortune 500 companies and The Sydney Opera House.