AMPAS ’16: Shana Feste

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here to tell you!


Shana Feste is an American film director and screenwriter, known for The Greatest, Country Strong, Endless Love and You’re Not You. After earning a master’s degree in Creative Writing and Screenwriting at the University of Texas at Austin and studying Producing at the American Film Institute, Feste went made her directorial debut with The Greatest. She also wrote and directed Country Strong along with You’re Not You, based on the novel by Michelle Wildgen. She also directed the romance Endless Love.

Excerpt from FF2 Media review of You’re Not You from October 9, 2014:

“I cried my way through most of Act Three, and I did so gratefully. Swank and Rossum took me on an emotional journey and when Rossum finally did her big song at the end, my heart told me she had totally earned it. Brava!”

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Excerpt from FF2 Media review of Endless Love from February 14, 2014:

“Watching Endless Love came as a pleasant surprise. I was especially touched by the dilemma of Jade’s mother “Anne” (Joely Richardson)–an educated, intelligent woman who doesn’t want to face the long, slow deterioration of her own marriage.”

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Top Photo: Gabriella Wilde as “Jade” and Alex Pettyfer as “David” in Endless Love.

Photo Credits: Quantrell D. Colbert

Tags: AMPAS, Country Strong, Endless Love, Female Directors, FF2 Media, Make Oscar Gold, Shana Feste, Stop Blue Oscar, You're Not You

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