Lilian Mehrel is a writer & director with a fresh sense of humor and vision.

She creates film & tv, illustrated books, and virtual reality. 

With a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, she is an MFA graduate from New York University’s Tisch Graduate Film. 

Lilian’s films have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Slamdance, CIFF, Toronto’s FIVARS, and the Atlanta Film Festival, and won awards from the Tribeca Film Institute, ABC/Disney, IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship / Sony Pictures Classics, Alfred P. Sloan, the Science & Entertainment Exchange / Imagine Science Films, NYU Tisch, the Puffin Foundation, the Nancy Malone Directing Award, New York Women in Film & TV, and student award nominations for Kodak, the National Board Review, and BAFTA.

Lilian’s television and episodic writing earned her Tribeca All Access and Google JumpStart awards. Her previous work includes creating a James Franco BTS series, videos for Vogue, and a collaboration with Within and the Portals project at the United Nations. She created one of the first virtual reality narrative films, and is a Google TiltBrush artist. 

Lilian was born to a Kurdish-Iranian mother and German-Hungarian-Jewish father, sparking her life-long experience of multiple worlds. From Miami public school, she went to Dartmouth College, where she was awarded a Senior Fellowship. She wrote and illustrated MUCHIJOON, a hybrid family memoir published for Rauner Special Collections. 

While at Dartmouth, Lilian began working with youth from conflicting countries – with Seeds of Peace and Kathryn Davis 100 Projects – going on to found YALA Peace – a creative leadership program for diverse girls in Yafo. She also began improv comedy, continuing at the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Maira Kalman called her work “epic and cinematic… full of heart and curiosity.” Lilian promptly fainted.