Darren Coyle has been directing films and television for the last decade. He has written and directed a number of short films as well as a feature comedy titled Chasing Sunshine which has won numerous awards including “Best Comedy” at the Jim Thorpe Film Festival, the “Audience Award” at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival and “Best Director” at the Festigious Film Festival LA.  Darren has a hand in scripted as well as unscripted projects. He writes and produces documentary and reality programming for television series like “People Magazine Investigates,” “Moving Up” and “Wife Swap”. Darren currently lives in Los Angeles.

Writer

Darren Coyle

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Awards

SMILE LIKE YOU MEAN IT SCRIPT AWARDS​

A standup comedian, a teenage girl, and an 8 year-old boy team up to help each other get through a crazy string of events involving bullies, drugs and a clown’s funeral. 

CANADIAN DIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL

Best Comedy Screenplay

LATE FEES    SCRIPT LAURELS

A forty something changes his past to change his future.

 

SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL (LA)

Winner, Honorable Mention

FESTIVAL FOR COMEDY 2019

Winner, Comedy: Best Scene Reading

TALNEXUS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Semi-Finalist

2021 AUSTIN COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL 

Official Selection

 

2019 LOS ANGELES COMEDY FILM & SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL 

Official Selection

CHASING SUNSHINE (feature) AWARDS

 

SHERMAN OAKS FF

Best Performance in a Lead Role – Kassie Thornton

Best Performance in a Supporting Role – Trevor Penick

Audience Award, Feature Film

 

FESTIGIOUS FILM FESTIVAL LA

Best Duo, Kassie Thornton & Trevor Penick

Best Director, Darren Coyle

Best Indie Feature

 

STUDIO CITY FILM FESTIVAL

Best Actress in a Comedy Feature – Kassie Thornton

 

 

"DOWNWARD DOG"    (SHORT FILM) AWARDS

 

MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

Sierra Nevada Award, Recognition of Excellence in Filmmaking

 

OREGON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Winner, Best Actress – Kassie Thornton

 

BRIGHTSIDE TAVERN SHORTS FILM FEST

Nomination, Best Actress in a Short – Kassie Thornton

 

LOS ANGELES FILM AWARDS

Best Actress in an Indie Film – Kassie Thornton