Dave Pantano

Dave Pantano

Director, Screenwriter and Editor

Los Angeles, California

Member Since:
July 2014
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About Dave

Dave was born and raised in a dysfunctional household in Detroit. He was recently named to Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. He’s produced and directed hundreds of commercials and “How to cook” videos, and now uses the microwave exclusively. His feature comedy screenplay Backfired has placed in numerous contests and was an Austin Film Festival semi-finalist. Source Point Press is publishing the Backfired comic book in July of 2020. His thirty-minute single-camera All Together Now, has been optioned by C2C Media. He’s a Catholic school survivor, comic book reader, dog lover, and satirist.


  • Backfired

    Backfired Comedy When his marriage hits rock bottom, a selfish, washed-up comic book creator must destroy his evil subconscious come-to-life while babysitting his hostile niece in order to mend his familial relationships.

  • A Curious Array of Peculiar Enemies

    A Curious Array of Peculiar Enemies Comedy A mercenary on a mission to escape his violent lifestyle is forced to head home on Thanksgiving when his rival takes a hit out on his brother.

  • His Last Dead Monkey

    His Last Dead Monkey Comedy A faltering video game designer tries to keep a promise he made to his dying wife by preserving her memory under a mask within his latest game, only to fall in love with his new manager whose goal is to rid the game of that same character.

  • Once A Hostage

    Once A Hostage Drama When a troubled teen is kidnapped, the FBI agent assigned to the case must also investigate a cold-case murder that might be related in order to save the boy and rid himself of some longstanding demons.  


  • Austin Film Festival semi-finalist

  • Austin Film Festival Second Rounder

  • Tableread My Screenplay finalist

  • Screencraft Semi-finalist

  • Page Quarterfinalist

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