Shannon Morrall is an actor and filmmaker currently attending USC's School of Cinematic Arts for an MFA in Film Production. Prior to enrolling she served as the Multi-media Producer for the Cinema Life Film Festival Collective's inaugural season. Her stories tend to explore human connection, joy, and play, often through the escapism of grand adventure genres.
Some highlights from the journey thus far:
As a Writer: her most recent project, Art of Con, made it to the second round of consideration for the Sundance Episodic Makers Lab and was awarded a full scholarship to the Sundance 2020 Ignite Program. The series pitch was also a finalist in the ISA Pitch Competition, Stareable Fest, and the Catalyst Content Festival 2021. The pilot script was nominated for Best Episodic Screenplay at the Women's Comedy Film Festival.
As a Director: She was recently awarded the $25,000 Natural Florida Film Grant to direct an ocean conservation documentary. Her work has screened at film festivals worldwide, awarded the Deep Blue Environmental Shorts Award (Hawaii International Film Festival, US Dept. of Energy); Award of Excellence - Conservation Film (Catalina Film Festival), Outstanding Director (Art of Brooklyn), Best Short Film (Universal FF), Best Comedy (Roosevelt Island FF), Best Georgia Film (Macon FF), and a nomination for Best Director at Festival of Cinema NYC.
Beyond her artistic pursuits, Shannon worked as a women's rights representative at the United Nations and has a degree in International Politics and Mandarin Chinese from Fordham University.