Bill Balas

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Bill Balas is an American screenwriter and director best known for his work on the A&E series Bates Motel.[1]

Early life[edit]

Balas was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis after incurring a pneumothorax as an infant. The advancing symptoms of the illness forced him to drop out of high school at age seventeen. After receiving a successful double lung transplant he moved to Los Angeles, California, and was accepted into the American Film Institute, where he earned a MFA in Screenwriting.


Writers Guild of America, West

  • 2015 Writer Access Project Honoree (Affliction) [2]

Slamdance Film Festival

  • 2010 Teleplay Competition: Original Pilot Winner (Murphy's Last Stand) [3]

American Screenwriting Competition

  • 2006 Grand Prize Winner (The Pros and Cons of Breathing) [4]

International Student Film Festival Hollywood

  • 2006 Best Horror/Thriller Winner (House of the Rising Sun) [5]

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

  • 2005 Production Award Winner (The Pros and Cons of Breathing) [6]


  1. ^ "Bill Balas". Internet Movie Data Base. 
  2. ^ "2015 Writer Access Project Honorees". WGA. Writers Guild of America. 
  3. ^ "Slamdance 2010 Winners". Moviebytes. 
  4. ^ "American Screenwriting Competition". Flatshoe Entertainment. 
  5. ^ "ISFFH 2010 Winners". International Student Film Festival Hollywood. 
  6. ^ "Alfred P. Sloan Award". AFI Conservatory. 

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