Kiersten Houser


Who is she?

Kiersten Houser, a teacher and multi-modal filmmaker studying in UNCW’s Film Studies MFA program, creates character-driven stories, many times using her own life and interests to make themes more dynamic, comedic and quirky. As a writer/director, she’s earned awards such as “Best Student Film” and “Best Suspense Film,” most recently winning PBS NC’s 2022 “Reel South Award," only bestowed upon one NC documentary filmmaker each year. But her real passion lies in passing on her love of film to her wife, Megan, and her son, Boone, both of whom work on every project she creates, sometimes even becoming the subjects themselves.

Kiersten is currently working on two shorts: a zombie dramedy (Hunger Pang, 2022), as well as her MFA thesis project, set to become her first experimental piece about loss with an accompanying interactive installation (2023).


Arizona Short Film Festival Winner - Best Student Film (2022)

Reel South Award - PBS (2022)

Oregon Short Film Festival Winner - Best Suspense Film (2022) 

Oregon Short Film Festival Nominee - Best Experimental Music Video (2021)

Thrills & Chills Film Awards Nominee - Best Student Film (2021)

RiverRun Intl. Film Festival Student Documentary Pitch Festival Winner (2020)