RAINN “Wait”

Samantha Scaffidi

Samantha Scaffidi is a NY-based writer/director who is deft in both the production and creative sides of the craft with a background as an actress and producer. Her driving passion is telling hard-hitting, raw, stories, which she has pursued in the form of short films, music videos, commercials and PSAs.  She has previously worked with top brands Google, Dior, and Netflix and musicians such as Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum and Oh Pep!.  Samantha’s greatest strength as a director lies in her innate ability to tell a story in a straightforward, powerful, yet effortless fashion.

Most recently, she wrote and directed the PSA “Wait” in partnership with The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to help bring attention and a sense of urgency to the plight and obstacles facing survivors of sexual assault. Samantha brought a personal account and a quiet yet searingly powerful truth to the film in its fight for care and justice. 

Scaffidi received countless accolades and awards for “Wait” most notably the Gold Screen YDA for Charity Commercial and recognition at AICP for Best New Director and other categories including Performance, PSA, while winning for Sound Design.  Additional shortlists include shots Awards Charity/PSA Campaign of the Year.