About Nia DaCosta


Nia DaCosta is a writer/director based in New York City. A writer at heart, she earned a master’s in playwriting after completing a film degree from the Tisch School at New York University. Her debut feature film, Little Woods is a complex and moving family drama starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2018, where it won the Nora Ephron Award for ‘spirited and bold’ storytelling. DaCosta expertly addresses a range of timely topics in her fictional North Dakota town—a microcosm of small-town America—including the opioid crisis, sexual violence, women’s reproductive rights, poverty, and healthcare. Her filmmaking has received support from the Sundance Institute, New York Film Festival, San Francisco Film Society, and the Time Warner Foundation. According to the Tribeca Film Festival, “Nia DaCosta is a name you’re gonna need to get familiar with.”

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