Leah Meyerhoff is a New York based filmmaker whose short films and music videos have screened in over 200 film festivals, won a dozen awards and aired in IFC, PBS, LOGO and MTV. She has been shortlisted for the Gotham Awards, Sundance Labs and Student Academy Awards, won an honorable mention from San Francisco Film Society and received grants from IFP and the Tribeca Film Institute. Leah was one of ten filmmakers chosen to participate in Emerging Visions at the New York Film Festival, is a Tribeca Film Institute mentor and recipient of the Adrienne Shelly Director’s Award.
Her ASF Grant winning film I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS was released theatrically in the summer of 2015 and is now available on VOD, iTunes, Amazon, Netflix and other platforms via a domestic distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures. The press has responded favorably, with a critic’s pick in the New York Times and a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The LA Times said “I Believe in Unicorns feels like a teen movie made for an adult audience” and the Village Voice called it “an honest, complicated portrayal of adolescent female sexuality on film.” In Europe, Screen Daily called it “dreamy and quirkily twisted” and The Skinny writes, “refreshing in its sexual frankness and uniquely feminine perspective, the dreamily evocative Unicorns is a beautiful 16mm nightmare, one of the most visually accomplished feature debuts of late.”
I Believe in Unicorns premiered in competition at SXSW, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival, Best Score at the Nashville Film Festival, Best Cinematography at First Time Fest, and additional awards from The Woodstock Film Festival, Anchorage Film Festival, San Francisco Film Society, IFP, Tribeca Film Institute, Tisch School of the Arts and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation.
Leah is currently developing a narrative feature with Tangerine Entertainment, a narrative short with the Bureau and serves as the Executive Director of Film Fatales, a support network and mentoring program for women filmmakers which she founded in 2013.
Grant Winning Project: I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS