Lisa Cole is a dynamic Writer, Director, and Producer passionate about creating films that drive social change. Her recent short, "BIENVENIDOS A LOS ANGELES," filmed at LAX Airport and based on a true immigration story, is Shortlisted as Best Live Action Short Film for the 96th Academy Awards, and won the 2023 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, sponsored by Viola Davis.
Cole has several feature films in development, all inspired by true stories that tackle pressing societal issues. “Diamond Girls,” which she co-wrote for Flora Films, is inspired by a Washington Post article and has Selena Gomez attached to star.
Cole's unique background, shaped by living with 201 host families in 12 countries in just three years, deeply influences her storytelling and desire to bridge cultural gaps. Her work has led to creative collaborations with industry heavyweights, including Laura Dern, Jean-Marc Vallee, Laura Bickford, Demi Moore, Shailene Woodley, Catherine Hardwicke, Lily Rabe, and Michael London. A Regional Finalist Winner of the Student Academy Awards, Cole's short films have screened at more than 100 festivals worldwide. She honed her craft directing and producing documentaries for Viacom, A&E, Sundance, and The Gates Foundation, shedding light on critical issues, including women's health and safety in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.
Cole resides in Los Angeles with her documentary filmmaker husband, Mark Monroe, and their two children.
Oscar Shortlisted Best Live Action Short Film