Matt Szymanowski wrote, produced and directed his debut feature, a Sundance Screenwriting Lab Finalist The Purple Onion. The film premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival and went on to play a dozen festivals Internationally, winning the Best Feature: Drama-Comedy at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival. Cinemation Studios distributed the film in summer 2017 on all major VOD platforms. Szymanowski’s award winning short films have played at over 20 film festivals globally, including Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, San Francisco International, Tirana International, and Warsaw International, among others. He wrote and self-published the novel Cupertino, a dark tale about troubled adolescents loosely inspired by his teen years in the technology hub that’s home to Apple Computers.
The American-born son of Polish immigrants, Szymanowski returned to his parents native Poland to study film and theatre directing at the prestigious Polish National Film School in Lodz. A Berlinale Talents and MacDowell Colony fellow, he has a BA in Humanities from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and an MFA in Writing for Film and TV from Emerson College in Boston. “Glorious Empire” is his second feature film and is scheduled to shoot at the end of 2020.