“I truly feel like I’ve found a buried treasure of inspiration, tenacity, raw ambition and pearls of wisdom after unearthing the opportunity to speak to Meeshelle Neal. She is a book author, an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer.” Darren Wiesner, Hollywood North Magazine

Filmmaker Demo Reel


Meeshelle ‘Meesh’ Neal is an award-winning queer Canadian filmmaker. She recently directed a feature-length movie with CME & Reel One and is in prep on another, set to go to camera in February.

“[Meesh] has shattered the glass ceiling by being the first writer to have two projects accepted into the [Whistler] Talent Lab.” Darren Wiesner

Anna Archer
Literary Agent, Lucas Talent
#6-1238 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B2Y5
604-685-0345 X 230 anna.archer@lucastalent.com

She won Best Director – North America for her work on Where Everyone Lives and Best Female Filmmaker for her work on Sweet Release in the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival where both shorts also took home Best LGBTQ Film. She was also awarded Best Director for Where Everyone Lives in the Berlin Indie Film Festival.

Her ability to strike when the iron is hot is something Meeshelle does before lunch. I’m still looking for my missing sock and she’s already written the next best chapter!” Darren Wiesner

Following on the heels of the concept short under the same title, Meeshelle is in development on her feature film Sweet Release. This full-length magical realism story is being brought to life with the help of the WIDC CBC Films Talent Development Award and the Whistler Producers Lab. The script has received funding and was shortlisted for the Sundance Development Track. Heidi Lasi of Pelee Entertainment is attached as the producer. 

She adapted Mental to the screen from a one-woman stage play. The film received BravoFACT funding as well as multiple awards, international recognition, and co-earned her a WIFTV Spotlight Image Award

She is mentored by the well-respected director / producer Gary Harvey and is grateful to have apprenticed with him on three major productions, from prep through to post on: Hudson & Rex (CityTV), Welcome to Christmas (Hallmark) & Tiny Pretty Things (Netflix).

“I cannot say enough great things about this Canadian jewel and her contributions to film and television.” Darren Wiesner

Meeshelle is proud to have served a full term on the board for Women in Film & Television Vancouver and to have been one of the mentors in Cinevic’s inaugural training program The Incubators. She has sat on many jury’s including the WIDC Feature Film AwardEast Van Monologue Match, CINESPARK Script Competition & Directing Change Canada. She is often hired to direct, write, story edit, career consult, pitch coach** and has ghost written mulitple novels with Hanai Publishing.  

As part of her professional development, Meeshelle participated in workshops such as the: STORYHIVE Career Accelerator ProgramWomen In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Career Advancement Module, the immersive Story and Leadership program and Whistler Talent Labs. As well, she received funding from the Ontario Arts Council to sharpen her artistic skills.

In addition to working in film, Meeshelle is an author and has published the Betwixt trilogy. She was a recipient of the Amy Ferris Fellowship award for her novel, Betwixt: The Call of the Void (now available as an audio book). She is currently in development on an adaptation of the books into a TV series with the help of the Whistler Talent Labs. Alexandra Caulfield of Alley Rock Films and Veronika Kurz of Paperbag Productions are attached as producers.

“Whoa,” says Amy Ferris about Betwixt: The Call of the Void, “This piece did me in. Did. Me. In. Stunning. Just stunning.” 

Meesh enjoys telling heightened reality stories that remain grounded in the nuanced complexity of human emotions.


Anna Archer
Literary Agent, Lucas Talent
#6-1238 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B2Y5
604-685-0345 X 230 anna.archer@lucastalent.com

Social Media

Twitter: @MeeshNeal
Facebook: @MeeshyNeal
Instagram: @MeeshelleNeal

**TESTIMONIAL from Nick Rees, “After learning that my creative team and I were invited to pitch to Netflix I sought coaching from Meeshelle Neal. The time was hyper well spent, and she was entirely flexible with our situation and made the best of the sessions we had together. She not only gave us extremely practical advice on preparation but then conducted practice sessions with feedback. This was well worth any cost, and was in fact, priceless as we nailed the pitch interview, and were prepared for each and every question we faced. If anyone is in a similar position pitching to a developer, I highly recommend engaging with her.”

Media & Interviews:

Creating Something from Nothing Pt. 2 w/ Meeshelle Neal

Making the Invisible Visible Pt. 1 w/ Meeshelle Neal


Talent on Tap – Meeshelle Neal Directs Her Projects to the Whistler Producers Lab

Have a Little Insight Podcast: Coping with Anxiety

WIDC CBC Films Talent Development Award

YVR Screen Scene Podcast Episode Forty-Four: Meeshelle Neal

WIFTV Spotlight Image Award

Spotlight Interview w/ Ms. In The Biz

Eight Women Director’s Selected for WIDC Story & Leadership

Four Directors Selected for WIDC Career Advancement Module

The Native Society

The Vancouver Sun


From a blog post (originally on M&J) re-posted on Ms. In The Biz

Meesh’s past blog posts can be found on the M&J website. The posts that end with ~M were written by her (with input from Jax) and visa versa the ones ending in ~J were written by Jax (with input from Meesh). Together they were co-heads of Creative Services for JBA.



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