Toni Cunningham is a local screenwriter and filmmaker. In 2018, she was awarded a Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship for her accomplishments in screenwriting. She previously worked as a script analyst in New York City for many high-profile screenwriting competitions and production companies, including The Writers Lab, BlueCat Screenplay Competition, and Goldcrest Films Production Company. By reading hundreds of scripts, Toni taught herself not only how to critique and give coverage, but also to write screenplays herself. She has written 7 short screenplays, 1 pilot and is currently developing 2 feature length screenplays. She recently directed her first short film based on the very first short screenplay she wrote. She is an active member in the community and her dedication can be seen through her membership in many film and writing focused organizations such as the Detroit Writers Collective which she helped organize along with other local writers.