Meeshelle ‘Meesh’ Neal is an award-winning queer Canadian filmmaker with over ten years working in the business. She is best known for directing the short films Sweet ReleaseCheck, Ladies Don’t Wear Slacks, and Where Everyone Lives, as well as writing, producing, and acting in the short films Mental and Therapy. She adapted her short film Mental to the screen from a one-woman stage play. The film received BravoFACT funding as well as multiple awards, international recognition, and earned her a WIFTV Spotlight Image Award. 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 also writes for film & TV, story edits, career consults, and pitch coaches. Meeshelle is an alumna of the STORYHIVE Career Accelerator Program, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Career Advancement Module, and WIDC’s immersive Story & Leadership program. She is mentored by well-respected director / producer Gary Harvey and is grateful to have apprenticed with him on two projects: Welcome To Christmas (Hallmark) & Tiny Pretty Things (Netflix). Following on the heels of the concept short she shot under the same title, Meeshelle is in development on her first feature film Sweet Release. This full-length magical realism story is being brought to life with the help of the 2019 WIDC CBC Films Talent Development Award. The script has received funding and was shortlisted for the Sundance Development Track. In addition to working in film, Meeshelle is an author and (to date) has published two novellas in her series Betwixt. She enjoys telling heightened reality stories that remain grounded in the nuanced complexity of human emotions.
Awards & Nominations
Sweet Release
2019 – WIDC CBC Films Talent Development Award

2019 – Telefilm Talent to Watch – WIDC Nomination

Mental
2019 – WIFTV Spotlight ‘Image’ Award
2018 – Best Experimental Short Film, Female Eye Film Festival
2018 – Winner, Leo Award, Best Production Design
2018 – Leo Award Nominations Short Drama: Best Program, Best Screenwriting, Best Sound, Best Costume Design
2018 – Winner, Underdog Award, Raindance Vancouver
2018 – Winner, Best Editing, Short Circuit: Pacific Rim Film Festival
2018 – Winner, Best Cinematography, Short Circuit: Pacific Rim Film Festival
2018 – Winner, Best Performance in a Lead Role, Short Circuit: Pacific Rim Film Festival
2017 – Winner, Achievement in Filmmaking Best Short Form, Covellite International Film Festival
2017 – Winner, Award of Excellence, One-Reeler Short Film Competition

Therapy

2011 – Leo Award Nomination, Best Performance
2011- Audience Choice Award , Festival Regards Sur Le Cinema Du Monde