Bio and CV


Daniel Laabs

writer director


2009 Jury Prize, Narrative Short – Videofest 2009 Jury Prize, Comedic Short – Videofest 2011 Grand Jury Prize, Texas Short – SXSW 2011 Texas Filmmaker Production Fund Recipient+ 2013 AMPAS/AFS Artist Intensive^ 2014 Special Jury Prize, Directing – Dallas IFF 2016 Austin Film Society Grant Recipient+ 2016 IFP, No Borders Co-production Market 2017 IFP, Narrative Completion Lab 2017 SFFILM/Kenneth Rainin Grant Recipient+ 2017 US in Progress Post Production, Wrocław PL+ 2017 La Biennale di Venezia College – Cinema^ 2018 US & French Connection 2018 IFP, No Borders Co-production Market 2018 Grand Jury Prize, Narrative Feature - NewFest


2009 sleet/snow, short narrative 2009 Start a Band, short narrative 2010 Haggle, short narrative 2011 8, short documentary/narrative (co-director) 2014 Easy, short narrative, HD 2018 Jules of Light and Dark, feature narrative 2020 The Expat, feature narrative, (in development)


Daniel Laabs’s short film work has screened at film festivals around the world and received a Grand Jury Prize at SXSW in 2011. His debut feature "Jules of Light and Dark" World Premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at NewFest in 2018. Daniel has received support from the La Biennale di Venezia College - Cinema, Austin Film Society, the Independent Film Project, the San Francisco Film Society & Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Cannes Producer's Network, USinProgress - Wrocław and US & French Connection.

Daniel currently lives in Dallas, TX where he works as an editor and as a festival programmer for the Dallas International Film Festival and previously the Oak Cliff Film Festival. In 2014 he co-founded Dallas's first monthly LGBT film series at the historic Texas Theatre. He currently serves on the Austin Film Society Filmmaker Advisory Council.