Apr 12, 2008
Gigante writes, directs and produces short films in Chicago and
in Brooklyn, NY.
Her films scripts Petal Fall and Eva Eva won screenwriting awards at Screenwriting Expo in LA and the Columbia College Written Image Screenwriting Competition.
Her most recently completed short film, Girls Room, hit the festival circuit in 2007. Girls Room is about a Catholic schoolgirl who discovers that there is nothing more frightening than having to go to the old, creepy restroom down the hall – all by herself.
Girls Room was Maria's thesis film at Columbia College and won Best of the Fest and the Audience Award at Columbia's 2007 Big Screen Film Festival.
It continues to play at festivals including the Short Film Corner at The Cannes Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, Berlin, Montreal World, and was nominated for the mtvU Student Filmmaker Award at Tribeca and won best short in the Chlotrudis Film Festival.