BIO

Hi! I'm Mandi. I'm an emerging WGC-eligible queer screenwriter, script consultant, script analyst, director, and Pochinko clown with 20 years of experience in the film industry. I am currently contracted as a screenwriter for two LGBTQ+ feature films with a Canadian production company, as well as working as a script analyst for the Female Eye Film Festival.

 

Additionally, my LGBTQ+ mental health-focused feature script Feeling Unreal was an Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition second rounder, ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship semifinalist, and was also shortlisted for the Sundance Development Track. My LGBTQ+ coming-of-age fantasy/adventure feature Metagame was a quarterfinalist (top 3%) in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest as well.

 

I’m also the founder, creative director, lead instructor, and script consultant for Script & Story, an emerging online training platform for screenwriters and storytellers. There, I give script coverage to screenwriters and facilitate my one-of-a-kind intensive Writing Through Play inspired by my extensive training in Pochinko clown at the University of Alberta with Jan Henderson, one of Canada's leading clown and mask teachers. I’m currently in the process of building additional courses such as The Fundamentals of Screenwriting & Storytelling and Writer Self-Care, with more to come! 

 

As part of my diverse range of experience in the industry, I've worked in a variety of positions on a variety of sets such as Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, HBO's Game of Thrones, Amazon Prime's The Boys, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, and Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, to name a few! Despite my extensive work within other on-set positions, my primary focus is screenwriting (with directing on the side). The pure joy of spending my days with my characters in Final Draft*, following the flow, and bringing it all to life on both the page and the screen is indescribably intoxicating. 

 

My mission as a queer screenwriter/director with a past history of trauma, anxiety, and depression is to represent the LGBTQ+ and mental health communities, bringing more inclusivity to the screen and telling raw, authentic stories from my lived experiences and from my heart.

 

When I’m not writing scripts, giving coverage, creating my own content, or making a fool of myself as my clown Tootsie, I can be found rummaging for treasure in thrift stores, solving puzzles in escape rooms, or throwing plastic spoons during screenings of The Room

*Please note that being an affiliate with Final Draft through Script & Story, I may receive a small commission if you purchase Final Draft using the link above at no extra cost to you.

 

AWARDS

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Won Audience Favorite (Group A) for The Fardy Brothers, a short film in which I was the co-writer, co-director, co-producer & a performer

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Won Best Director alongside Kevin P. Gabel for our short 48 Hour Film The Fardy Brothers

PLACEMENTS

Shortlisted, Sundance Development Track 2020

with FEELING UNREAL
 

Quarterfinalist, Final Draft Big Break 2020

with METAGAME


Semifinalist, ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship 2019

with FEELING UNREAL
 

Second Rounder, Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition 2019

with FEELING UNREAL