Jake Mahaffy’s micro-budget, self-made films have been screened around the world at film festivals and independent venues such as Venice (Orizzonti Prize for Best Film/2015, 2012, 2016), Sundance (2004/05/06/08/09/15), SXSW (Grand Jury Prize/2008, 2016), Rotterdam, Leeds, AFI, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Moscow, Ljubljana, Boston MFA, MoMA (NY) and others.

He studied Fine Arts and Filmmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA) and Directing at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. He founded two new filmmaking programs at two universities as an Associate Professor of Film and Art in the United States and now coordinates the Screen Production program at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.