Shawn Snyder grew up in suburban South Florida. After receiving a BA in Religion from Harvard, he spent most of his twenties on the road as a singer/songwriter. The last eight years have seen a return to Shawn's long-standing passion for filmmaking, during which he completed studies at NYU's Graduate Film Program. His short film, FESTUS, won the 2014 CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Student Drama and later premiered on KQED’s Film School Shorts. His follow-up, LULU, premiered at the Palm Springs International ShortFest in 2015. And his first feature, TO DUST, starring Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the “Narrative Audience Award” and Shawn received the award for “Best New Narrative Director.” The film was released theatrically in North America in early 2019 by Good Deed Entertainment and distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Worldwide - and went on to be nominated for “Best Screenplay” at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards. TO DUST was a part of IFP's 2015 Emerging Storytellers, the recipient of the NYU/Alfred P. Sloan’s $100K First Feature Award, the winner of TFI's 2016 Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize, and included in the NYU Production Lab's inaugural slate. Shawn is also a former IFP/Marcie Bloom Fellow and Sundance Institute Feature Film and Film2 Fellow, and was one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2016. He is currently developing his second feature, SANNYASA, and the serialized anthology, STRIPMALL TROUBADOUR, both with long-time co-writer Jason Begue.