P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Lilian Mehrel, 2013

MFA, New York University (NYU)

Lilian Mehrel is the child of immigrants from Germany and Iran

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Film Directing & Writing at New York University (NYU)

Lilian T. Mehrel is an award-winning writer & director with a visionary sense of feeling and humor.  

Lilian’s films have premiered at Tribeca and screened internationally at Clermont-Ferrand, and her awards include ABC/Disney and HFPA. Featured in Variety, Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, and The NYT, her body of work includes Water Melts, created with MG Evangelista and supported by Tribeca and Google, Musica Quarantena, created with Danielle Rhoda starring Elisa del Genio (HBO’s My Brilliant Friend), and The Loneliest, an Alfred P. Sloan awarded film starring Madeline Wise (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm). 

She earned her MFA from NYU Tisch Grad Film, and her BA from Dartmouth with a Senior Fellowship. A mixed-ethnicity daughter of immigrants, she also authored/illustrated a family memoir and is a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. 

Lilian inspires audiences to laugh and cry with her funny, hopeful swirl of cinematic poetry.


  • BA Senior Fellowship (Creative Writing) | Dartmouth College
  • MFA Film Directing & Writing | New York University (NYU)
  • Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival
  • ABC/Disney Film Award
  • Imagine Science 48 hour film: 1st place
  • Puffin Foundation Film Award
  • Nancy Malone Directing Award
  • Alfred P. Sloan Science Foundation Film Award
  • HFPA
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