Karl recently completed his debut feature film, "Looking for the Jackalope"- a cautionary tale about nostalgia. The film won the JURY AWARD for BEST COMEDY FEATURE AND the AUDIENCE AWARD for BEST U.S. FEATURE at the 2017 Austin Revolution Film Festival. Distributed by Indie Rights Distribution Company it is now available on Amazon Prime.
Karl wrote a screenplay for a larger feature film project, "The Hunters". Based on a true story, it is a coming-of-age adventure about some American and French embassy kids who must fight to survive after getting stranded in the West African desert on a camping trip gone awry. The script was a SEMIFINALIST in the 2015 Nicholl Fellowships Screenplay Competition and one of the TOP 50 SCRIPTS out of 7500 entered. It also won the BRONZE AWARD in the 2018 New York International Screenplay Awards competition.
Karl’s short film, “Bill’s Seat”, won Best Short Film at the St. Louis Int’l Film Festival, 2003, and was an official selection at numerous other festivals. His original half-hour period drama, “Elysian Fields”, also won numerous festival awards, including a Mobil Award at the First-run Film Festival, NYU, and a Gold Prize at the World Festival/Houston. Distributed by Tapestry International, it was sold to the BBC-2.
In addition, Karl has worked for years as a storyboard artist for numerous A-list directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, and the late Jonathan Demme.
Karl was born and raised in Austin, Texas before moving to New York.
Name: Karl Shefelman
Lives in: New York City, New York
Occupation: Director, Screenwriter and Storyboard Artist