Mason Shefa is 19 years old and comes from Los Angeles, California. He has been making movies for 13 years. Currently, he is a sophomore at Yale University, where he plans to continue making films. Shefa shoots, directs, and edits experimental, narrative, and music videos.
His art portfolio, consisting of eight films, received the National Gold Medal from the 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which is awarded to only fifteen high school seniors in the country each year. Previous winners include Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, John Lithgow, and Truman Capote. His films have also been recognized with top honors from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the University of Southern Californiaâ€™s L.A. Student Film Institute, the Danville International Childrenâ€™s Film Festival, L.A.â€™s FilmFest 43, the Harvard-Westlake Film Festival, the South Bay Student Video Festival, and the Spotlight The Arts festival in Calabasas, CA just to name a few.
Shefa's work has received honors and praise from some of Hollywood's biggest names including Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks and director Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July, Platoon, JFK, W.), Golden Globe winning director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), and writer/director Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Borat, Curb Your Enthusiasm), among others.