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Frank Stiefel

Film Juror-Documentary Short
director Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Frank Stiefel was born in New York City. He is a product of the New York Public School system and attended the evening division of The City College of New York.

At 19 years old he established Stiefel & Company Inc. in New York to represent commercial photographers. The company moved to the representing of commercial directors in the 1970’s. By the 1980’s the company opened an office in Los Angeles and moved into the production of television commercials. During his years as an executive producer he served on both the east coast and west coast boards of The Association of Independent Commercial Producers. He is the only person to be elected twice as the national president. He is also a two time past chairman of the AICP Show at he Museum of Modern Art.

In 2002 he merged Stiefel & Company with the international production company @ Radical Media. Stiefel continued as executive producer and also produced a number advertising sponsored television programs.

Over the years Stiefel produced a number of short subject documentaries. They have been honored at the Toronto Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and others.

In 2009 he left @ Radical Media to direct a documentary based on his mothers life. INGELORE was honored by the International Documentary Association, The Museum Of Modern Art, Berlinale and 30 other international film festivals. INGELORE was acquired by HBO.

In 2016 Stiefel completed HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405, a documentary based on the life of artist Mindy Alper. It’s first appearance was at the Austin Film Festival where it won the Critics Prize the Audience Award and the Hiscox Courage Award. In April it became the only film ever to win both the Audience and Critics prize at the prestigious Full Frame Documentary Festival. HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405 became a finalist in the 2017 International Documentary Association competition for best Documentary Short. In March 2018, HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405 won the Academy Award for best Short Subject Documentary

Stiefel served on the board of the Santa Monica College Foundation Board from 1998-2016. He was President for six years.

He lives in Santa Monica with his wife BJ. His daughters Hannah and Sofie live nearby.