LYDIA CORNETT | DIRECTOR (she/her) is a Baltimore-born filmmaker currently based in Brooklyn, NY. As a former musician turned film director and composer, she makes work that explores the contours of labor, language, and artistic expression across nonfiction and experimental forms. Lydia is a 2021 Princess Grace Honorarium Winner, a 2018 Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellow in the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Creative Culture Program, and a 2017 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio Fellow. She was recently awarded the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 2023 Ann Arbor Film Festival. She has received support from the Tribeca Film Institute, IF/Then Shorts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
Her films have screened at Sheffield DocFest, AFI Fest, Slamdance, BAMCinemaFest, Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Hamptons International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and DOC NYC, where she received a Special Jury Mention for her film Yves & Variation. Her work has been distributed and featured by The New Yorker, PBS (POV and Reel South), Nowness, and Vimeo Staff Picks. Lydia graduated from Princeton University with a BA in history and received her MFA in Art from the Ohio State University. She is the co-founder of Cineseries, a graduate-student-led screening series at the Wexner Center for the Arts.