Talent Guide

Robbie Pickering

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Directing Lab 2007, Fast Track 2007, Grants and Awards 2010, Screenwriting Lab 2006


Robbie Pickering wrote and directed Natural Selection, which premiered at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Award, the Audience Award, as well as awards for Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Score, and Breakout Performance.

Pickering graduated in 2003 from the Undergraduate Film Production Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he was awarded a Lew Wasserman Screenwriting Award and a Warner Brothers Production Grant for his short film Prom Night. Prom Night, a raucous comedy about an awkward boy’s chaotic senior prom, subsequently screened at film festivals around the world and became Pickering’s second short film to win the Student Film Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. In May of 2006, Pickering was one of four students to graduate with thesis honors from USC’s Graduate Screenwriting Program. His most recent feature screenplay, Natural Selection, has placed in screenwriting competitions around the country including the Austin Screenwriting Competition and the Fade-In Magazine Competition. Natural Selection was also selected to take part in Film Independent’s 2006 Screenwriters Lab and was a finalist for the Netflix FIND Your voice contest.

Current Project

Natural Selection (Narrative Feature)


When a dutiful, albeit barren Christian housewife discovers that her devout husband has suffered a stroke at a sperm bank where he's been secretly donating his seed for the past 25 years, she leaves her sheltered world and starts off on a journey to find his eldest biological son - a mullet-headed, foul-mouthed ex-con with whom she develops an odd, but close relationship.