Lili Matta was born in Beirut-Lebanon and received her MFA (with honors) in Film Production at Loyola Marymount University. Her short Film Born in Beirut won many prestigious awards such as the “Samuel Z. Arkoff” award, DGA - LMU “Best Student Film”, “Best Short” at Santa Clarita Film Festival,“Best Short” at the Dances with Films, “Jury” and “Audience Award” at the Dahlonega Film Festival. The film also aired on television locally in the USA.
In 2014 Lili wrote, produced and directed her first ultra low budget feature film called Life Gets in the Way. This film screened at film festivals, including the Women International Film Festival in Miami-Florida, the Saint Tropez International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. This film won “Best Dramatic Feature Film” at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, in Los Angeles-California, as well as “Best Narrative Feature” at the Toronto International Film and Video Awards. It was also picked up for distribution by ITN Films.
Currently, Lili has just finished production on her feature film “86 Melrose Avenue”, to be released in 2020 and is in development for a couple TV projects she has written. Her very compelling and timely feature screenplay 86 Melrose Avenue had received accolades and winning awards in screenplay competitions such as, “Best Feature Screenplay” at the Best of the Best competition, “Finalist” at the Hollywood Screenplay Contest”, “Finalist” at TheWriteRoom, “Finalist” at the Los Angeles Screenplay Contest, “Semi-Finalist” at the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, “Quarter-Finalist” at Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition, and Quarter-Finalist at ScreenCraft .
Additionally her pilot Carnation has garnered much success at screenwriting competitions, selected as a “Finalist” for the Tangerine Entertainment Fellowship at the Stowe Story Labs 2018 , receiving an “Honorable Mention” at the Los Angeles Film and Script Festival, “Finalist” at the Filmmatic Screenplay Awards, “Finalist” at the Los Angeles Screenplay contest, “Semi-Finalist” at the Team 1st TV script Writing Competition, and “Quarter-Finalist” at ScreenCraft. Her feature comedy All the boys are called Joseph won the “ Grand Prize Winner” at the 2018 Hollywood Screenplay Contest.