Flying High, Longlist - Short Film


Nickolas Duarte

Crown Chimp

This is the story of Jay. A simple man.

Nickolas Duarte is a writer/director and founder of Crown Chimp. As a commercial director, Nickolas has earned over 70 industry awards including a National Addy, an Emmy, 6 National Tellys, and 3 National Communicator awards. He’s done work for clients such as Adidas, the NBA, the NFL, Nike, Pepsi, BMW, Ford, New Era, Charles Schwab, China Mobile, T-Mobile and Western Union. He was inducted into the AAFT Advertising Hall of Fame as the 2017 Next Generation Award winner. In this space, Nickolas is focused on making lifestyle/vignette stories that capture moments of honesty. His scripted and documentary work has played in Academy Award qualifying festivals to international acclaim, has been nominated for a Webby award, received distribution through Sony Pictures Television, and has been described by Short of The Week as “almost as much a physical viewing experience as an emotionally affecting one.” He is a two-time NALIP Fellowship Recipient, a National Endowment of the Arts Recipient, and a Ryan Murphy HALF Initiative Finalist. As a narrative filmmaker, Nickolas aims to make visually engaging, performance-driven stories with impressionistic elements about people going through a state of catharsis. He is currently co-writing and directing a crime drama for Warner Bros.