Laurel Minter is an award winning screenwriter and film director. Her awards include a Samuel Goldwyn writing award for her screenplay The Route, an Alfred. P. Sloan/Tribeca Foundation fellowship award for her screenplay Finding Grace, and a Milton Sperling award for excellence in writing. In 2012, Laurel was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting.
Laurel is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America West, where she has served as an adjudicator for the WGA awards since 2008, in the long-form TV script category. She also adjudicates feature scripts for the annual Nate Wilson award, for the UCLA Professional Program in screenwriting. She has been known, upon occasion, to adjudicate for the Nicholl Fellowship Awards, for the Academy, as well. She’s taught screenwriting and directing for several colleges and universities including Stanford Online Writer’s Studio, Seattle Central College, Seattle Film Institute, and Bellevue where she created the College, first Advanced Screenwriting course.
She has written, directed and produced several short films. Maria in the Kitchen won the Abbot Award for Best Short Film at the 2010 Other Venice Film Festival, and a silver medal at the 2010 Park City Film Music Festival. It was licensed for distribution by KCTS channel 9, the NW PBS station, and was an official selection of the New Filmmakers NY Film Festival, DAM Shorts Film Festival, and Media Expo, in Las Vegas. Man, Where’s My Shoe, won the Broader Vision Award at the 2005 Garden State Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2004 Nosotros American Latino Film Festival, and Laugh Is Hope Comedy Film Festival.
Laurel serves as a script consultant to award winning writers, and was a featured presenter for the Women on Writing conference for several years, and a panelist at the 2011 Oaxaca International Film Festival, in Mexico.
She has written several plays, including Choices, commissioned and performed at Open Door Theatre; and she received a 2000 Special Projects Award from 4Culture for her play, Facing West.
Master of Fine Arts, Film/Screenwriting, UCLA
Master of Arts, Psychology, Antioch University
Bachelors of Fine Arts, Theater Arts/Acting, SMU