JoAnn Hess is a multi-award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and voiceover actress. Named as one of the industry’s Most Recommended Writers, JoAnn writes character-driven stories that revolve around the socially-disenfranchised, those whom society has forgotten, who struggle to find their place in the world.
JoAnn is a highly sought out writer of feature films and television as her work has been optioned and contracted for-hire by producers in both the US, UK and Australia. JoAnn’s project STAR QUEST was a 2018 Torino ScriptLab selection, one of only eight projects chosen. In 2019, she was inducted into the International Indie Hall of Fame.
JoAnn’s scripts have placed in numerous, prestigious award competitions including a PAGE Awards FINALIST, AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 2nd Rounder, Final Draft’s BIG BREAK Semifinalist, AUSTIN REVOLUTION FILM FESTIVAL WINNER for Best TV Pilot - Drama; New Hope Film Festival WINNER; LONDON FILM AWARDS 3rd Place; ACTION ON FILM Festival WINNER for Best Script, Best TV Pilot as well as the Arthur Rosenfeld Award for Excellence in Dramatic Writing; and many more.
Ltd) is in Pre-Production with Peter Field (World War Z, Edge of Tomorrow) directing. THE YIN YANG and the TREASURE has Prachya Pinkaew (ONG-BAK: The Thai Warrior) attached to direct. She has produced three short films, DEBRIS (2015) and the multiple award-winning, OUR FATHER (2014), starring Michael Gross and, the horror/thriller RESURRECTED which she also co-wrote.
After spending over a decade in the corporate world in marketing and international finance manager for a Fortune 500 company, JoAnn took a break when she started her family and spent the next two decades studying and honing her craft. In 2016, JoAnn attained a MASTER SCREENWRITER certification from ScreenwritingU’s Master Screenwriting Program and holds an MBA (Finance) and BA (Economics).