Melanie Schiele is an award-winning filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York. She is one of only 32 pioneering MFA graduates of the inaugural class of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia in Singapore. Her screenplays have been featured in master classes led by acclaimed directors Todd Solondz, Joshua Marston, and Shekhar Kapur.
Melanie’s critically acclaimed short film DELILAH, BEFORE, shot in Singapore, was welcomed with a world premiere at the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest. It has since been showcased at many high-profile festivals including the Singapore Short Film Festival, Women's International Film Festival in Miami, San Francisco Women's Film Festival, Michael Moore's invitation-only Traverse City Film Festival, Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival, and it won an audience award for BEST SHORT FILM at the 2010 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL. It was also one of the recipients of the annual OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST AWARDS.
Melanie’s short film ROCKAWAY was shot by her brother and collaborator, Jordan Schiele, whose cinematic achievements include world premieres at Cannes, Tribeca, and Palm Springs. ROCKAWAY premiered at the 2012 Atlanta Film Festival in the program “New Mavericks, Women Directors”. It won awards in directing, screenwriting, and for newcomer actress Audrey Tommassini, at NYU’s First Run Film Festival. It screened for the DGA in LA as part of an NYU West Coast Showcase and held its NY premiere at the prestigious independent film festival venue BAMcinemaFEST. It has also shown at the Anthology Film Archives in conjunction with NewFilmmakers NY and was an official selection of the HollyShorts Film Festival, the LA Indie Film Festival, the Bilbao International Short Film Festival, the Gasparilla International Film Festival and the Arizona International Film Festival, where it won awards for Best Dramatic Short and Best Performance to actress Audrey Tommassini.
Melanie’s feature script BUTTERFLY CHILDREN is a recent Grand Prize winner for the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival’s screenwriting award and production grant in partnership with Forest Whitaker’s JuntoBox Films. It was also a winner in the Atlanta Film Festival's Screenwriting Competition, a Top-Ten finalist for the Cinequest Film Festival, a Top-20 finalist for Script Pipeline, a semifinalist for Scriptapalooza, a semifinalist for American Zoetrope, and a quarterfinalist for the Nicholl Fellowship and PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. variety.com/2013/film/news/slamdance-screenplay-prize-won-by-butterfly-children