Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2018,” Bass won an Artadia Award (NYC) in 2008, Art Grants from the Illinois Arts Council for 2008, 2014, and 2019, the Kodak/Filmcraft Imaging Award from the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival, an Experimental Film Prize from the Athens International Film Festival in 2012, and a Special Mention Prize from the International Jury of the 2018 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. She is a USA Artist Nominee for 2021.
Screenings and exhibitions include the BAMcinemaFest; BFI London Film Festival; Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (solo exhibition); Torino Film Festival, Italy; Kino der Kunst, Munich; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Los Angeles Film Forum; CPH Dox Festival, Denmark; and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany. Her work has been profiled and reviewed in Filmmaker Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Art Daily, Rolling Stone Italy, Pitchfork, and Criterion.
“American filmmaker Melika Bass…author of a unique cinema of atmosphere and historical reminiscences…one of the revelations of the Torino Film Festival.” (Roberto Manassero, Torino Film Festival)
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Photo by Ray Pride