Neil LaBute began working in film in 1997 with his feature debut, In the Company of Men, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.The film went on to win the Filmmaker Trophy as well as the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Feature. In addition to Sundance, it screened at the Cannes, Edinburgh, New Directors/New Films, London and Deauville Film Festivals and won two Independent Spirit Awards. Following In the Company of Men, LaBute also established himself as a playwright as well as a film & television writer/director. Among his films are Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, The Shape of Things, Lakeview Terrace, Some Velvet Morning, Dirty Weekend and House of Darkness. In television, he has created three series for DirecTV: Full Circle, Ten x Ten and Billy & Billie. LaBute also served as showrunner on the series Van Helsing, which ran for five seasons on SYFY.