LifeDream Productions: Bringing dreams to life.
Melissa Skirboll is an award-winning director, writer, actor and producer – for both screen and stage.
Named FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR 2019 at the Vasteras Film Festival in Sweden, she also won Best director for her work on MY DINNER WITH SCHWARTZEY at the Brightside Tavern Film Festival and at the NYCTV Festival.
My Dinner With Schwartzey premiered at the Bermuda International Film Fest in March 2019 and has since won Best Dramedy at both the Manhattan Film Fest and at the NYC TV Fest, Best Cinematography and Editing at the Long Island International Film Expo, Best Film and DP at DMOFF, and Best Actress at the EHTVFest.
All told her first three films have been official selections in 63 festivals around the world and have garnered 15 awards and 48 nominations thus far.
Melissa also has been recognized with a number of awards for her direction and playwriting in NYC theater. She is a A member of Brazen Giants Artists Ensemble, New York Madness and the Women's Work Play Lab at New Perspectives Theatre, she has directed and written plays for various companies including Nylon Fusion Theater Co, Urban Stages, Abingdon Theatre and Estrogenius Festival.
Skirboll is a proud member of NYWIFT and SAG/AFTRA.
Melissa also teaches acting for the Sande Shurin Acting Studio and works with individuals as a private coach.
Official Selelection
Greetings From Sarajevo
Marina Del Rey Film Festival
Marina Del Rey/Los Angeles
2021
Semi-Finalist
Greetings From Sarajevo
Rome Independent Prisma Awards
Rome
2021
Official Selection
Greetings From Sarajevo
Bull City Film Festival
Durham, NC
2021
Official Selection
Greetings From Sarajevo
Borrego Springs Film Festival
Borrego Springs, CA
2021
Official Selection
Greetings From Sarajevo
Chain NYC Film Festival
New York, NY
2021
Official Selection
Greetings From Sarajevo
Los Angeles Women's International FIlm Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2021
WINNER Best Short Film, WINNER Best Lead Actress (Kathryn Kates), Nominated Best Director (Melissa Skirboll)
Greetings From Sarajevo
NYC TV Film Festival
New York, NY
2021
Official Selections
Greetings From Sarajevo
Vâsterås FilmFestival
Vâsterås
2021
Nominee Best Short, Nominee Best Director
Greetings From Sarajevo
Golden Door International Film Festival
Jersey City, NJ
2021
Official Selection
Greetings From Sarajevo
Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival
Fort Myers Beach, FL
2021
Winner: Best Psychological Thriller
Greetings From Sarajevo
Manhattan Film Festival
New York, NY
2021
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
FilmFest Bremen
Bremen
2021
Official Selection
Greetings From Sarajevo
Direct Monthly Online Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
Greetings From Sarajevo
International Sound and Music Festival
2020
Official Selection
Greetings From Sarajevo
YoFi Festival
Yonkers, NY
2020
Nominated Annual Best Short Comedy 2020
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Changing Face International Film Festival (2020 Annual)
Sydney
2020
Winner Best Cast
My Dinner With Schwartzey
French Independent Film Festival
Cannes
2020
Nominee: Best Experimental Short, Best Director Experimental, Best Sound Design
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Revolution Me Film Festival
Brooklyn, NY
2020
Nominee: Best Comedy, Best Director Comedy
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Hang On To Your Shorts
Asbury Park
2020
Winner Best Comedy January 2020
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Changing Face International Film Festival
Sydney
2020
Winner: Best Director Comedy; Multiple nominations
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Brightside FIlm Festival
Jersey City, NJ
2020
Best Short Film
Show & Tell Tango
Her Vision Film Festival
Brooklyn, NY
2020
Nominee
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Clifton FIlm Festival
Clifton, VA
2019
Winner Best Dramedy, Winner Best Director
My Dinner With Schwartzey
NYC TV Festival
New York, NY
2019
Nominee
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Reel East Texas Film Festival
Kilgore, TX
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
YoFi Film Festival
Yonkers, NY
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Filmchilla
Catalina, CA
2019
Filmmaker of the Year
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Västerås Filmfestival
Västerås
2019
Finalist
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Oaxaca Film Festival
Oaxaca
2019
Nominee
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Golden Door Film Festival
Jersey City, NJ
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
VOB Film Festival
Brewster, NY
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Firenze Film Corti
Florence
2019
Finalist - Best Noir
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Fort Worth International Film Expo
Fort Worth, TX
2019
Runner up - Best Soundtrack
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Hollywood Dreams
Las Vegas
2019
Nominee
My Dinner With Schwartzey
AOF Mega Fest
Las Vegas
2019
Best Actress in a Drama
My Dinner With Schwartzey
EHTVF
Easthampton, NY
2019
Best Cinematography, Best Editor
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Long Island International Film Expo
Bellmore, NY
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
MayDay Film Festival
Evansville, IN
2019
Best Dramedy
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Manhattan Film Festival
New York, NY
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Beeston FIlm Festival
Nottingham
2019
Semi-Finalist
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Bermuda International Film Festival
Hamilton
2019
Nominee: Best Director Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy
The Spy Who Scratched Me
Brightside Film Festival
Jersey City, NJ
2019
Winner Best Comedy
The Spy Who Scratched Me
Erie International Film Festival
Erie, PA
2019
Finalist
Show & Tell Tango
NorthEast Mountain Film Festival
Dillard, GA
2019
Official Selection
The Spy Who Scratched Me
New York Short Film Tuesdays
Williamsburg, NY
2018
Official Selection
Show & Tell Tango
VOB Film Festival
Brewster, NY
2018
Official Selection/Nominee: "What's Love Got to Do with It?"
Show & Tell Tango
Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase
Fort Worth, TX
2018
Official Selection/Nominee Best Tri State Film
Show & Tell Tango
Philadelphia Independent Film Awards
Philadelphia, PA
2018
Official Selection
Show & Tell Tango
Brightside Tavern FIlm Festival
Jersey City, NJ
2018
Official Selection
Show & Tell Tango
Greenwich Village Film Festival
New York
2017
Official Selection
Show & Tell Tango
Västeräs FilmFestival
Västeräs
2017
Official Selection
Greetings From Sarajevo
Andromeda Film Festival
Istanbul
Winner Best Writing (Penny Jackson) Nominated for Best Short, Best Director, Best Actress (Kathryn Kates), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, and Best Music.
Greetings From Sarajevo
Top Indie Film Awards
Semi Finalist Best Short, Semi Finalist Best Actress
Greetings From Sarajevo
International Moving Film Festival
ABADAN&KHORAMSHAHR(ARVAND FREE ZONE), KHOUZESTAN
Official Selection
Greetings From Sarajevo
Wallachia Film Festival
Wallachia
Semi-Finalist Best Drama Short
Greetings From Sarajevo
Changing Face International Film Festival
Sydney
College
Boston University
Sociology
High School
Blairsville Senior HS
Birth Date
September 24
Birth City
Pittsburgh, PA
Current City
New York, NY
Hometown
Blairsville, PA
Height
5'5"
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
New York
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Libra
LifeDream Productions: Bringing dreams to life.