Nicole Rinaldi is an award-winning filmmaker with a special interest in young adult narratives and directing children. She graduated Emerson College in three years, becoming the youngest person to complete the BFA program. With her thesis, "When the Wolf Comes Home," she won Best Short Screenplay at the New York Long Island Film Festival and Audience Choice at Blackbird Film Festival, and garnered two nominations in directing. As an avid supporter of women filmmakers, Nicole volunteered for Film Fatales for a year. She made her most recent project during the pandemic, using stop-motion on her bedroom floor. "Angel" won Best Music Video at NYLIFF, a nomination for Best Animated Film, and Honorable Mention at Her Int'l Film Festival. "Angel" is a wholesome animated piece about being in love.
As a designer, she has worked in features and shorts, ranging from 1600's period pieces, a storybook village, or a grimy motel. She has received three EVVY nominations for design. Nicole is drawn to films where she can integrate a psychological element to the design of the film and elevate the narrative.