She Always Wins

Man and woman playing Backgammon at a lake

United States & United Kingdom, 10 mins

She Always Wins captures all the complicated moves in the dance of dominance, deference and self-diminishment that takes place when a young woman brings her new boyfriend to his first family visit.

Writer/Director: Hazel McKibbin
Producer: Lauren Goetzman & Alex Polunin
Director of Photography: Allison Anderson & Shane Sigler
Editor: Albert Tholen & Hazel McKibbin
Sound Design: Dan Stringer

Cast: Honor Swinton Byrne, Isabella Thompson, Mercer Boffey

Contact: Hazel McKibbin,

Virtual Screening

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Program A

Friday, May 12th at 5pm ET

Hazel McKibbin Headshot

About the Writer/Director

Hazel McKibbin is an award-winning British-American writer and director. Hazel is a BAFTA Newcomer and received the Princess Grace Award Honoraria in Film. She holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from Columbia University. Trained as an editor, Hazel finds herself drawn towards realism, often through a feminist lens, and the idea that compelling stories can be created from ordinary relationships and interactions.

Lauren Goetzmann Headshot

About the Producer

Lauren Goetzman is an Israeli-American filmmaker. Lauren earned her BA in Economics and Creative Writing from Wesleyan University before continuing her film education at Columbia University where she received an MFA in Creative Producing. She's produced multiple short narrative films, including Bruiser which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and She Always Wins which had it's world premiere at TIFF in 2022.


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