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Shawn Antoine II celbrating after a tackle against James Madison

Shawn Antoine II is an award-winning filmmaker based in Harlem, NY. His earliest works as a filmmaker came when he edited videos at 10 years old of his own youth football games. He attended Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx the same high school as Martin Scorcese. In 2013, during his senior season at Cardinal Hayes H.S., he won the varsity football championship after his school's 32-year championship drought.


He earned a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Rhode Island. During his time at the University of Rhode Island, he majored in public relations. His love for filmmaking came about after he created his first short-documentary “The Movement”.


Since then he took on the mantra to “Inform and Inspire” through his films. He now has directed 17 short films and produced 2. His most recent film “Showtime” was selected for 52 film festivals and he was named the Best New Director by the Hip Hop Film Festival. 

As his 2019 "Showtime Film Festival Tour" came to a conclusion he was offered an opportunity to be an apprentice for NBC's The Blacklist. Under the leadership of EP Laura Benson, he learned the necessary things it takes to run a successful show. On May 26th, 2020 the film Showtime premiered on Magic Johnsons Aspire TV.

During the fall of 2020, Shawn was offered the Director of Admissions position at his alma mater Cardinal Hayes High School. He currently is one of the youngest Director of Admissions in the nation. In the near future, Shawn hopes to officially establish his production company.

Shawn Antoine II at the Nate Parker Foundation Summer Film Institute
Shawn Antoine II and Emily McCartney on the set of Showtime
Shawn Antoine II on the red carpet for the the African Film Festival at Lincoln Center
Shawn Antoine II Graduation photo

2019 Hip Hop Film Festival "New Jack" Best New Director Award winner for the film "Showtime"

2019 Battle Of The Film Schools "Best Short Film" for the film "Showtime"

2019 Big Apple Film Festival "Best Student Short Film Award Winner for the film "Showtime"

2019 New York Cinematography Awards "Best Student Director" for the film "Showtime" 

University of Rhode Island  Black Scholar Award Winner

A.A Savastano Scholar-Athlete Award

Robert L. Carothers Student Leadership Scholarship Winner

University of Rhode Island PR Excellence Awards

University of Rhode Island Diversity Award Winner for Arts and Culture

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