Laura Neri is a half Greek & half Italian filmmaker. She was born in Belgium, where she studied film & screenwriting at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) under the mentorship of Palme d’Or winner Luc Dardenne. She then got a Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she received a full scholarship and was the recipient of a grant by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Neri wrote and directed several award-winning films, including her short “A Kiss on the Nose”, which screened at more than 50 festivals worldwide and received multiple awards (including the Jimmy Stewart and inaugural Vision awards at Heartland, but also Best Short, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Drama, at various festivals around the US), and was bought for distribution by Rete4, SiTV, United Airlines. Her first feature film “Kill the Habit” premiered at Cinequest and amongst others got her a “Best Feature Director” award at La Femme film festival (Los Angeles) and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Mezipatra Film Festival 2011; "Kill the Habit" is currently available on Amazon Prime.
Several of her screenplays have been selected for prestigious screenwriting workshops, such as eQuinoxe Europe, MFI Script 2 Film & the Stowe Story Lab. Her work was recently selected to be part of a women directors showcase at Paramount Studios.
Her short "Fugue" was awarded Best Short Fiction at SEEfest Los Angeles in 2019 and her comedy short, "If you please" (STP Bien), was nominated for Best Director, Best Short, Best Actress (Edwige Baily) and Best Actor (Julien De Broyer) at the Maverick Movie Awards 2020.
Her latest short "Yaya" is just beginning its festival run.
Her feature screenplay "Heavy Load", a dark comedy/thriller based on an idea by and co-written with Aldo Shllaku, is in development.
Her feature screenplay "The Hidden War", a drama about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is also in development.
Neri splits her time between Brussels, Athens and Los Angeles.