Film Studies

Shannon Silva teaching class

Shannon Silva, assistant professor
King Hall 102I | 910.962.2232 |

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.F.A. Film & Video Production, University of Iowa, Spring 2006
  • B.F.A. Studio Art - Photography, Texas State University, Spring 1997

Shannon Silva is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. An experimental and documentary filmmaker, her principal areas of interest include issues of gender, celebrity culture, fandom, and community building creative initiatives.

In addition to directing/producing over 30 short films and videos, she has worked as Screenplay Competition Director for the Austin Film Festival, Marketing Director for Austin Cinemaker Coop, and was a founding member of the Iowa City Microcinema. Her films have screened at the Dallas Video Festival, Atlanta Underground, Athens International, Humboldt Film Festival, FLEX, Docutah, LA Femme, Central Florida Film Festival, St. John's International Women's Film Festival and more.

She is the Faculty Supervisor for the Visions Film Festival and Conference (hosted on the UNCW campus by the Film Studies Department each spring), and, as a lover of all things related to film festivals, she has participated in screening committees for the Ann Arbor Film Festival, SXSW, Iowa City Documentary Festival, Cinematexas, and the Cucalorus Film Festival.

In 2013, her feature length documentary, It's A Girl Thing: Tween Queens and The Commodification of Girlhood, completed its festival run and was awarded Best Social Documentary at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Currently, Freestyle, a short narrative film that she produced in Fall 2013, has kicked off it's festival run.

Her next film, Red, is in pre-production and was recently awarded a $3000 Summer Research Grant. The experimental, narrative short will focus on a father-daughter baseball story, and is set in late 1930's, Lumberton, NC.