Documentary Film Prize Recipient, 2024

Emma Pildes is an Emmy award winning filmmaker and Director/Producer of the feature documentary The Janes. The Janes had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, its broadcast premiere on HBO, and was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2022. The film won Best Documentary, Outstanding Social Issue Documentary, and Outstanding Direction - Documentary at the 44th News & Documentary Emmy Awards and was nominated for four Critics Choice Awards. 

As one of Pentimento Productions' co-founders and principal producers, Emma produced Spielberg, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, and Very Ralph -- all for HBO Documentary Films. Spielberg had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in 2017 and Jane Fonda in Five Acts premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2018 with an international premiere at Cannes Film Festival later that year. Both films were nominated for Emmys in the Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special category; Jane Fonda in Five Acts also earned an IDA and PGA award nomination. At PBS’ American Masters, Emma helped to produce the Emmy and Peabody-award winning LennoNYC, Emmy-award winning Inventing David Geffen, as well as American Masters: Billie Jean King.

Emma is an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award recipient and Chicken & Egg Project Hatched grantee. Born and raised in Chicago, Emma graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and is based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

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