Film Studies

Shannon Silva teaching class

Shannon Silva, associate professor of film production
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 award winning, multi-modal filmmaker from Austin, Texas, now based in Wilmington, North Carolina. Fluidly moving through non-fiction, narrative, animation, and experimental modes, she allows each film’s focus to find its appropriate production process.

Autobiographical at their core, her films meditate on issues of class, gender, and memory instability. Most recently, due to personal illness, her work is contemplating the challenges of physical disability, cultural rituals of gathering during isolation, and preserving effects of community.

Over the past two decades, her work has screened at festivals internationally including: Atlanta Underground, Brooklyn Film Festival, Cucalorus, Docutah, FLEX Fest, Sidewalk Film Festival, London Shorts Film Festival, Melbourne Underground and more. She is a recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Arts Council's Fellowship award and the founder/Executive Director of the Visions Film Festival & Conference.