About ︎

Hannah Peterson is an LA based writer and director. She holds an MFA in Film Directing from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a BA in Screen Studies from the New School. Hannah’s work has been recognized on the festival circuit, and through individual grants and awards.

Hannah’s screenplay The Graduates, was a featured project at IFP’s 2019 No Borders Market, and was selected for the 2019 Sundance Institute Producing Lab. Hannah was also the recipient of the 2019 Tribeca CHANEL Through Her Lens program grant, and was recognized by Filmmaker Magazine as one of 25 new faces of independent film in 2018.

Hannah’s short film, Champ premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, and her short East of the River, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. Her debut feature film is currently in post-production. Prior to her work as a director, Hannah mentored under filmmakers Sean Baker and Chloé Zhao.

Shorts ︎


After basketball practice one night, Genevieve reveals a dark secret to her teammates about their coach. Wielding her strategy and grit off the court, Genevieve works together with her teammates to find a way to retaliate. Starring Eva Noblezada, Champ was made with the support of the Tribeca Film Institute Through Her Lens award.

Premiere: Sundance ‘22

East of the River

Teonna is unexpectedly suspended from school and is faced with a day on the streets of Washington, DC. Teonna encounters Malik, who is also out of school, and Sara, who left school because she saw more economic opportunity on the streets. The three set out for an adventure that takes them east of the Anacostia river.

Premiere: Slamdance ‘19


Starring Sofia Wylie and produced by the Duplass Brothers. 

The scripted single-camera show centers on 15-year-old Mia , who yearns to dance professionally but is hindered by daily obligations to her family. Mia begins to express her true self through dance with the support of her extroverted best friend, Fredgy, and a new mentor, Ritz, who introduces her to the world of street dance.

Nominated: Emmy for Oustanding Young Adult Program

Features ︎

The Graduates

Coming: 2022