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Scott Burkhardt is a graduate of Davidson College and Columbia University School of Arts where he received an MFA in Film with a Concentration in Screenwriting. Scott was the recipient of several fellowships and grants at Columbia including the Carla Kuhn Fellowship, one of only six DRA fellowships given to second year students based on the strength of their first year work. As part of the fellowship, Scott organized the Carla Kuhn Speaker Series which established a forum for visiting filmmakers and artists such as Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, Mike Leigh and Daniel Day Lewis.

Scott recently wrote, produced and directed his graduate thesis project, The Assasstant, which received the New Line Cinema Student Development Award, a production grant awarded annually to the best script as judged by the faculty and executives at New Line Cinema. Upon completion the film received finishing funds from the Milos Forman Foundation, The Caucus Foundation and the Carole and Robert Daly Foundation. At the 2008 Columbia University Film Festival, The Assasstant was a Faculty Selects film and went on to win the 20th Century Fox/Farrelly Brothers Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award and the Student Choice Award for Best Writing. The film was also nominated for a Student Academy Award.

Scott is currently developing the feature length version of The Assasstant, writing and fund raising for a new short film to be shot in Spring 2009 and developing several television shows. He is originally from Philadelphia and currently resides in New York City.

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