MELANIE SCHIELE is an award-winning filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY. She is among 32 pioneering MFA graduates of NYU Tisch Asia in Singapore, with awards and premieres spanning Tribeca, Palm Springs, Atlanta, BAMCinemaFest, Traverse City, Bilbao, and Singapore. Her festival debut DELILAH, BEFORE won the audience award for BEST SHORT FILM at the Tribeca Film Festival and her follow-up film ROCKAWAY earned multiple awards in screenwriting, directing, and acting. Her feature script BUTTERFLY CHILDREN won the Grand Prize at Slamdance and has received 23 additional screenplay competition accolades including Nicholl, Sundance, CineStory, American Zoetrope, and Script Pipeline.
Butterfly Children (Feature) Romance ⋄ Drama A furniture craftsman struggles to save his failing marriage and 6-year old daughter afflicted with a rare and debilitating disease, leaving her skin as fragile as a butterfly's wings. Winner of 24 Screenplay Competition Awards, including Grand Prize at Slamdance
Selma & Charlene (Feature) Action ⋄ Comedy A retired hypochondriac salsa dancer and a former Hell's Angels groupie break free of the drudgery of their senior citizen home and head to South Beach, Miami during Spring Break on a beat-up motorcycle in an effort to prove they still have a lot of living to do. "Hot 100"- Capital Fund Screenplay Competition, ScreenCraft Comedy Competition & Fellowship Semifinalist, Circus Road Screenplay Contest Semifinalist, Cinequest Semifinalist
Offspring (1-Hr TV Pilot) Film-noir ⋄ Drama OFFSPRING is a neo-noir drama that is "My So-Called Life" meets "The Professional". Upon her 16th birthday, Kayla Winter must decide between following in the footsteps of her father- a professional assassin- or abandoning him forever. Table Read My Screenplay Competition Top-100 Finalist, Script Pipeline Quarterfinalist, BIFF Screenwriters Residency Quarterfinalist, ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Quarterfinalist
NYU Tisch Asia