ABOUT

Hi! I'm Mandi. I'm a queer WGC-eligible screenwriter, director, script analyst/consultant, and LGBTQ+ rights and mental health advocate. I am currently contracted by a production company to write an LGBTQ+ romance/adventure feature screenplay, plus I work as a script analyst for the Female Eye Film Festival.

I’ve been told I have a knack for strong dialog, well-developed characters, solid story structure, worldbuilding, collaboration, and groan-worthy puns. 

MISSION

My mission as a screenwriter/director is to bring more inclusivity to the screen while telling raw, authentic stories from my lived experiences and from my heart.

GENRES

I primarily write LGBTQ+, YA, drama, romance, comedy, and fantasy/adventure screenplays.

THEMES

Most of the screenplays I write are LGBTQ+ and mental health stories with strong female characters and themes consisting of love, relationships, abandonment, personal growth, family/chosen family, and hope.

Additional themes/story elements I find myself drawn to are female empowerment, social commentary, polyamory/ethical non-monogamy, deconstructing societal norms and the relationship escalator, sexuality, smashing the patriarchy, parents apologizing, misfits, atheism, inclusivity, and groan-worthy puns.

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MANDI MAXWELL

 

Screenwriter/Director

Canadian

SCREENPLAYS

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Feeling Unreal (Feature Script)

Written by Mandi Maxwell

Indie Feature

LGBTQ+ Drama/Romance

A queer emerging theatre actress struggles with depersonalization disorder, a suicidal father, and a messy love life while playing the lead in a big-time stage play that could make or break her career. 

🏆  SUNDANCE 2020 DEVELOPMENT TRACK, SHORTLISTED

🏆  AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION, SECOND ROUNDER

🏆  SCREENCRAFT SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP, SEMIFINALIST

SCRIPT SAMPLE (COMING SOON)

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Metagame (Feature Script)

Written by Mandi Maxwell & Dylan Miles

Feature Film

LGBTQ+ YA Fantasy/Adventure

When a troubled teenage misfit gets transported into the fantasy world of her beloved tabletop role-playing game, she must slay her personal demons in order to return home to her loving friends and family. 

🏆  FINAL DRAFT BIG BREAK SCREENWRITING COMPETITION, QUARTERFINALIST (TOP 3%)

SCRIPT SAMPLE (COMING SOON)

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Reverie (Short Film Script)

Written by Mandi Maxwell

Short Film

LGBTQ+ Drama/Romance

 

At the height of the pandemic, a depressed Canadian woman drifts into a blissful reverie where she's reunited with her American partner on the other side of a closed border.

In pre-production

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The Art of Christmas (MOW Script)

Written by Mandi Maxwell

Story by Mandi Maxwell & Luke Rackers

 

MOW (Movie of the Week)

LGBTQ+ Romance

When an overworked bisexual lawyer returns to her hometown for Christmas, she helps save her high school sweetheart's art business while unexpectedly falling in love, rekindling her love for painting, and finding the Christmas spirit.