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Claire Rossi is a screenwriter and director from Santa Barbara, California. She is best known for being the 2017 winner of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition, for her screenplay I Feel Fine, which she wrote and produced. I Feel Fine, took home the top awards at the festival, winning both "Best Screenplay" and "Best Film" in their category. In addition to writing and producing the film, she also was the costume and set designer. Only a few months after her win at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, she premiered her official directorial debut, Sandy, in May of 2017 at the Santa Barbara City College Film Awards.
In addition to directing Sandy, Claire also worked as the writer, producer, cinematographer, and production designer. Claire has also worked as a production designer on numerous films, including Someone's Hero, a 2016 short film that was screened at both the Cannes' Short Film Corner and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. At the age of sixteen, she produced her first film, Check Out Jane (2015) with writer/director Justin Roxbrough, whom she has since frequently collaborated with. She has directed and produced two documentaries, Sign Geeks, (2014,) and Middle College; A Look at High School in America, (2017.) In addition to filmmaking, she is also passionate about photography and shoots on 35mm film. In the fall of 2018, Claire started studying Visual and Media Arts Production at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts with a focus on screenwriting. She plans to graduate in 2021.