Maria Eriksson-Hecht is a Swedish filmmaker with both a bachelor and a master degree in film directing from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. During her master studies she immersed herself in the director’s work with children in film. This work resulted in the graduation film “Schoolyard Blues” and the master thesis “Directing Children”.
Her award winning short films have been screened at numerous international film festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, Karlovy Vary, TIFF Kids and Aspen Shortfest, where her short film “Schoolyard Blues” received both the Youth Jury Award and the award for Best Student Short in 2017.
In 2017 Maria was selected for the European Film Promotion program “FUTURE FRAMES: Ten filmmakers to follow” at Karlovy Vary. FUTURE FRAMES is a program that highlights 10 young groundbreaking European film directors.
In 2018 Maria received the Anders Sandrews Feature Film Scholarship and she’s currently developing her debut feature “Kevlarsjäl”.
Marias films are actor driven relationships dramas. She makes films that are emotionally touching, warm and intimate with a humanistic gaze on humans.