Matthew Riutta is an award-wining filmmaker, working with the San Francisco Bay Area’s film and television community for the past 20 years.  He has written, directed, and produced several short films including LUNCH LADY (Cinequest Film Festival), SHARKS & MINNOWS (Best Short at the California Independent Film festival), ACROSS (Jury Award/Best Short film at the 2022 SF IndieFest, Audience Award at the 2021 Bay Area Short Films Festival), and MEDIAN (Director’s Choice Award at the 2022 Cinema Diverse Film Festival, Audience Award at the 2022 SF Queer Film Fest).

Matthew was a fellow with SFFilm’s Film House where he further developed his feature film projects LUCKY STAR and MAN UP ABOVE.  He and fellow writer Marlene Shigekawa’s teleplay MARIKO was selected as a Semi-finalist (top 50) in the 2023 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition and a Second-rounder (top 20%) in the 2022 Austin Film Festival’s Script Competition.

As a location manager, Matthew has worked on productions such as HBO’s LOOKING and INSECURE, the Netflix shows SENSE8 and TALES OF THE CITY, and the films MILK, THE MASTER, and FRUITVALE STATION (2013 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience and Grand Jury Awards). He is a co-receipient of the California On-Location Award (COLA) for FRUITVALE STATION, MONEYBALL, and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

Raised in rural Indiana and now residing in Oakland, CA, Matthew graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Business.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors with Cinemama and previously served on the board of The NAMES Project Bay Area Chapter.

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