Aliza Brugger
6 Projects
30 Profile Score


Director / Screenwriter

Aliza Brugger is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles/New York, originally from Nebraska. They received an MFA in screenwriting/directing from Columbia University where they wrote and directed films that have screened internationally. Roadkill was an official selection at the Oscar qualifying Outfest Los Angeles, Out on Film and Out at the Movies where it won Best Screenplay. Ain’t No Mercy for Rabbits was an official selection at the Torino, Montclair, Oscar-qualifying In the Palace and Female Eye Festival where it won Best International Short Film. Their most recent short film, Soma received the Emerging Filmmakers Grant in support of its production and the Chinh Chu Finishing Prize in support of its post-production. In addition to their narrative work, Aliza has directed commercials, music videos and web series.

Aliza is most fulfilled with their work when they are exploring themes of class, queerness, family dysfunction and the subconscious. Their goal as a filmmaker is to create empathy and connection.

Directors in Los Angeles, CA

Video Portfolio (6) view all

Wild Seeds

Wild Seeds by Sa-Roc | Music Video | 2021Directed & Edited by Aliza Brugger @alizabruggerProduced by Scott Gerlomes @scottgerlomesCinematography by… View the Video

Upstream Farms

Commercial | 2023 | Writer + DirectorUpstream is a sustainable farm pushing against the current by demonstrating a new way… View the Video

Roadkill - Teaser

Short Drama | USA | 2020 | 16 minutesTillie's Lonely life as a roadkill removal worker is disrupted when Wanda,… View the Video

Ain't No Mercy for Rabbits -…

Short Drama | USA | 2021 | 16 minutesWhen Gramma gets sick, Roan must learn to live in a world… View the Video

Soma -Teaser

Short Film | 2024 | Drama | 11 minutesWhen Quinn returns to her hometown on the night of a strange… View the Video

Aliza Brugger Demo Reel

Aliza Brugger Directing Reel:SomaShort film, 2024, writer/director
When Quinn returns home to sucker money from her estranged half-sister, Tallulah, a nightmarish… View the Video


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