Emma Seligman Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Emma Seligman

Profession(s)Film Director, Screenwriter
Famous ForBeing the director and screenwriter of the American-Canadian feature film 'Shiva Baby' (2020)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet inches- 5’ 5”
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorDark Brown
DebutShort Film (Director, ScreenWriter & Editor): Void (2017) (American)
Void (2017)
Short Film (Producer): Virgencita (2018)
A scene from Virgencita (2018)
Feature Film (Director & Screenwriter): Shiva Baby (2020) (Canadian-American)
Shiva Baby (2020)
Awards & Achievements (For the film Shiva Baby)• Adelaide Film Festival - Audience Award for Best Feature for Shiva Baby in 2020
• Outfest - Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting in a US Feature for Shiva Baby in 2020
• Indie Memphis Film Festival - Award for Best Narrative Feature for Shiva Baby in 2020
• Named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020
• Named one of Indie Wire’s 20 Rising Women Directors You Need to Know in 2020
• Named one of Filmmaker magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2020
Personal Life
Date of BirthMay 3, 1995 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2021)26 Years
BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Zodiac signTaurus
HometownToronto, Ontario, Canada
SchoolShe attended a small art school in Toronto.
College/UniversityStonestreet Studios - Tisch School Of The Arts, New York City
Educational QualificationMajor in Film & TV Production (May 2017) [1]TISCH NYU
ReligionJudaism [2]Mubi
Relationships & More
Sexual Orientation Bisexual [3]Elle Canada
Marital StatusUnmarried
ParentsFather- Theodore Seligman
Mother- Nancy Dennis (entrepreneur)
Emma Seligman's parents
SiblingsSister- Lindsay Seligman (elder)
Emma Seligman with her sister
Favorite Things
ArtistMarc Chagall
Actress(es)Barbara Stanwyck, Olivia Wilde, Mischa Barton
Filmmaker(s)Joey Soloway, Ava DuVernay, Lynne Ramsay, Karyn Kusama, Ana Lily Amirpour, Mike Nichols, John Cassavetes, Coen brothers, Marielle Heller, Chloé Zhao, Billy Wilder, Steven Spielberg, Frank Capra
Film(s)Roman Holiday (1953), West Side Story (1961), The Godfather (1972), Chinatown (1974), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), Call Me by Your Name (2017)
TV SeriesThe O.C. (2003), Transparent (2014), Queen Sugar (2016)

Emma Seligman

Some Lesser Known Facts About Emma Seligman

  • Emma Seligman is a Canadian film director and screenwriter.
  • In her hometown, Toronto, she attended a small art school. Talking about her school days in an interview, she said,

    We were just a weird crowd of kids but it was a fun group of people. I got lucky because I didn’t go to school feeling awkward about kids giving blow jobs around the corner, or things like that. That only happened when I got to high school and I was like, “Whoa, I was just sheltered for two years because I was hanging out with kids who were playing guitar in the hallway and just doing art projects for French class.”

  • Emma was brought up in a Reform Ashkenazi community [4]Samantha Leach with her large extended family in Toronto. She used to see her extended family every month, sometimes every week at weddings, shivas, bar or bat mitzvahs, bris’, Jewish holidays, and summer cottage weekends.

    A childhood picture of Emma Seligman (front) with her sister

    A childhood picture of Emma Seligman (front) with her sister

  • On Masada, Israel, she had her Bat Mitzvah ceremony, a coming-of-age ritual for Jewish girls. [5]Samantha Leach Talking about her Bat Mitzvah ceremony in an interview, she said,

    I wasn’t initially going to have a bat mitzvah party because I had my ceremony on Masada [mountain] in Israel during a two week bat mitzvah trip [throughout Israel]. But then we decided to have smallish, untraditional party at The Drake, which is a very hip hotel in downtown Toronto. My mom was definitely trying to be hip and cool.”

  • As a teenager, she had a personal blog on films. She also wrote film reviews in The Huffington Post. The blog helped her become a jury member in the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, an event organized by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that enlisted teens to review and award jury prizes to a section of family-friendly films. She applied to become a jury member after her journalist aunt advised her to do so.
  • She worked as a production assistant in the Canadian comedy documentary ‘Lunarcy!’ (2012).
  • Emma then worked as a production intern in the Canadian musical ‘Stage Fright’ (2014).
  • To pursue her graduation in the United States, she sent a short film (that she made) to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she was accepted. However, she decided not to go and began doing her majors in liberal arts at the New York University. In her sophomore year, she started studying in the Tisch School Of The Arts, New York City. [6]Filmmaker Magazine
  • While pursuing her graduation, she worked as a support crew member in many short films. She worked as a costume designer in the American short ‘One Good Pitch’ in 2016.
  • After completing her graduation, she remained in New York to explore her possibilities, interning with the production company Animal Kingdom to keep her optional practical training (OPT) F-1 student visa status active. After her visa ended, she returned to Canada and decided to work on her film ‘Shiva Baby,’ a thesis project for her last year in college. She wrote and directed the short film ‘Shiva Baby’ in 2018.
    Shiva Baby (2018 short)
  • In 2020, she made her short film ‘Shiva Baby’ into a feature of the same name. In the film, American actress and comedian Rachel Sennott appeared in the lead role of Danielle, a directionless young bisexual Jewish woman trying to deal with the relationship between women and sex. According to Seligman, the film’s themes of identity and empowerment showed her struggle in college. In an interview, she said,

    What I wanted to be the backbone [of the film] was reckoning with your self-worth as a young woman, realizing that it has been based on sexual validation and that it needs to go beyond that. I also sprinkled other parts of her life like my family, my sexuality.”

  • According to Emma, she took inspiration for Shiva Baby (feature) from the Russian-French artist Marc Chagall, Dutch singer Leo Fuld, and American Klezmer and jazz entertainers The Barry Sisters. In an interview, she explained,

    There is still so little I know about my ancestors who lived in the time period Chagall referenced in his paintings. Looking at them makes me feel connected to that distant part of my family history in a mystic way that’s hard to describe. When I first started writing Shiva Baby, I listened to Leo Fuld and The Barry Sisters on repeat as I typed to put me in the mood. I don’t understand Hebrew or Yiddish so I liked that I didn’t get distracted by some of the lyrics.”

  • She loves dogs and owns a Shitzu-Terrier-Bijon dog named Morty Seligman. Morty even has an Instagram page of his own run by Emma and her family.

    Emma Seligman with her pet dog

    Emma Seligman with her pet dog

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