Hi, I'm Diane.

I’m an award winning screenwriter and filmmaker dedicated to inspiring others to make kickass movies and live the creative life of their dreams.
Diane Bell at Sundance in 2010
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The Book: Shoot From The Heart

This no-bullshit guide to making a standout indie film will leave you with no excuses. If you are ready to stop talking about making a movie, and actually make it, this is the book for you.


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About me

I’m an award winning screenwriter and director, which is pretty amazing because I didn’t grow up thinking that was possible.

My first feature, OBSELIDIA, premiered in Dramatic Competition at Sundance, where it won two awards, and went on to play at festivals around the world and be nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. My second film, BLEEDING HEART, a drama starring Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet, premiered at Tribeca, and is widely available on Amazon Prime and Hulu. My most recent feature, OF DUST AND BONES, is currently in festivals.

I started my career in film as a screenwriter (before that I was a philosophy student and a yoga teacher), and I’ve written numerous commissioned and optioned scripts, including two with renowned director John McTiernan (director of Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October).

I’ve been lucky enough to be a participant in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, as well as the Women in Film/Sundance mentorship program, from which I learned tons. I was recently thrilled to be a finalist in the NBC Female Forward Directing initiative.

In addition to writing and directing films, I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge to empower and inspire other filmmakers. I love helping others break through their obstacles and achieve their dreams. Since 2014 I’ve taught workshops on how to make a successful indie film, and I’m thrilled to share this material in my book. If making movies is your dream, don’t let anything stop you!

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