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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Media, Film & Journalism Studies


Faculty & Staff

Sheila Schroeder, PhD

Sheila SchroederOffice Location: Media, Film & Journalism Studies Building, Room 108

Phone: 303-871-4701

Email:  [email protected]


Dr. Sheila E. Schroeder has been making films for 30+ years, most recently as the creator of Project DU F.I.L.M. (film initiative linking mentors). The goal of Project DU F.I.L.M. is to change the face of filmmaking both in front of and behind the camera by creating intentionally diverse stories and recruiting a variety of alumni and students to participate in making short films together. The Project's first film, Happy F-ing Valentine's Day, a short narrative about unlikely cupids, played in over 20 film festivals and received six different awards for both the film and script. Our second collaborative film, Scary Lucy, will be finished in 2018. Dr. Schroeder's films span genre (documentaries and narratives) and form (short to feature) and have played in nearly 100 film festivals across the globe.

Areas of Focus

  • Feminist filmmaking
  • Film and activism
  • Film Festival Strategizing
  • Screenwriting


  • PhD, Indiana University (1999)
  • MA, Indiana University (1992)
  • BA, Valparaiso University (1986)

Selected Accomplishments

  • Scary Lucy - Screenplay (2017)
    • Runner Up, Best Screenplay - University Film and Video Association, 2017
  • Happy F-ing Valentine's Day - Film (2016)
    • Audience Award - Longmont Front Range Film Festival
    • Audience Choice Award – Lyons Film Festival
    • Best Short Comedy – Kansas LGBT Film Festival
    • Best Short Narrative – Dallas Video Festival
    • Best Short Narrative – Desperado LGBT Film Festival
    • Honorable Mention, Best Short - University Film and Video Association, 2017
  • Happy F-ing Valentine's Day - Screenplay (2015)
    • Best Short Screenplay, Broad Humor Film Festival, September 2015


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