Matthew Bonifacio’s directorial feature film debut, Lbs., was an official selection of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Alfred P. Sloan Award. Lbs., co-written and produced by Matthew, had a limited release in 2010 with the #1 per-screen-average in the country its opening weekend. The film went on to play in seven cities, earned a 90% Fresh rating by Top Critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and was selected by Bilge Ebiri as a New York Magazine Critics’ Pick. In 2011, Lbs. was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Matthew directed and produced his second feature film, Amexicano (co-starring Raul Castillo), which made its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The film had a limited theatrical release and was highly praised by critics from Variety, The New York Times, Village Voice, and New York Daily News.
The Quitter, Matthew’s fourth feature, marked his first film as an actor and director. The Quitter had an exclusive theatrical engagement last fall at Regal Cinemas in Times Square, and received positive reviews in The New York Times, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, Film Journal International and many others. The Quitter was picked-up by Cinetic Media’s FilmBuff and released across all platforms (iTunes, Amazon, VUDU, GooglePlay). HULU acquired and released The Quitter for streaming, as well. The Quitter recently made its Television debut on WNET/PBS earlier this year.
Matthew’s award-winning short films have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013), Palm Springs International Shortfest, Aspen Shortsfest, Florida Film Festival, Williamstown Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, Maui Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, and many others.
His short film The Watering Hole won the first-ever Tropfest@Tribeca. A jury of Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon, Darren Aronofsky, Caroline Baron, Famke Janssen, Anthony Lapaglia, and Charles Randolph selected it as the winner.
His recent shorts, Migraine (featuring Nathan Lee Graham and Laverne Cox), and Fortune House (starring Michael Aronov), are distributed by Shorts International and are available on iTunes. Fortune House won the Christopher and Dana Reeve Award for Best Short Film.
Matthew was invited to be a guest shorts screener for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and returned again for the 2016 edition.
He has directed and produced commercials that have won Telly and Cine Golden Eagle Awards. He also won a Special Achievement Award for Direction at the Intercom/Chicago International Film Festival.
As an actor, Matthew studied at The William Esper Studio. He made his film acting debut as the lead role in Pishadoo. The film won the Princess Grace Award (from the Princess Grace Kelly Foundation) for Best Narrative Short in the country, and was distributed by Canal Plus Europe, Sundance Channel, Atom Films, and United Airlines. Matthew also played various roles in the New York Off-Broadway hit show, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding for several years.
He is currently one of New York City’s top on-camera acting coaches, and frequently guest lectures at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Matthew is currently developing multiple films with his wife, producer-actress-writer, Julianna Gelinas Bonifacio.
Matthew was born, raised and resides in Brooklyn, New York.