Lili Matta / Writer, Director, Producer
Lili Matta was born in Beirut-Lebanon and received her MFA (with honors) in Film Production at Loyola Marymount University. Her short Film Born in Beirut won many prestigious awards such as the “Samuel Z. Arkoff” award, DGA - LMU “Best Student Film”, “Best Short” at Santa Clarita Film Festival,“Best Short” at the Dances with Films, “Jury” and “Audience Award” at the Dahlonega Film Festival. The film also aired on television locally in the USA.
In 2014 Lili wrote, produced and directed her first ultra low budget feature film called Life Gets in the Way. This film screened at film festivals, including the Women International Film Festival in Miami-Florida, the Saint Tropez International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. This film won “Best Dramatic Feature Film” at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, in Los Angeles-California, as well as “Best Narrative Feature” at the Toronto International Film and Video Awards. It was also picked up for distribution by ITN Films.
Currently, Lili has just finished production on her feature film “86 Melrose Avenue”, to be released in 2020 and is in development on a feature and a couple TV projects she has written.