Writer. Filmmaker. Storyteller. Story Analyst
Mirella is a multiple award-winning writer. She was twice awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for her script "Seven Eternities," a television drama that revolves around the world of early psychedelic research. She was selected for a fellowship at 'Film Independent' in its Episodic Lab, sponsored by Netflix. Her latest pilot "Push It!" was selected by the North Fork TV Festival for its Inaugural Pitch Forum in 2021, while also receiving support from the Sloan Foundation.
Her feature screenplay made the "It List" of the Best unproduced scripts. She has written, directed and produced films, most recently the short "Lady Electric," now on the streaming service The Reel Women's Network. She has a forthcoming novel, which is an adaptation of this project. Mirella writes stories that highlight psychologically complex, contrarian characters, and has carved a niche of using IP and biographies to launch adventures of the unexpected.
Mirella completed her MFA at NYU's Tisch School for the Arts in Dramatic Writing, and comes from a career in journalism and television news producing at some of the biggest global firms, including Bloomberg. She is currently a WGA associate member. She is additionally on the jury of the Ontario International Film Festival. Mirella is most interested in connecting to audiences with powerfully entertaining, intelligent content.
"A UNIQUE AND DYNAMIC AUTHORIAL VOICE"
- THE BLACKLIST
Latest Articles About Mirella
SELECTED AT NORTH FORK TV FESTIVAL
Inaugural Pitch Forum invites Mirella to participate at North Fork.
Film Independent Announces Recipients of Finance Grants, including Mirella Christou.
NEW TV SERIES ABOUT PSYCHEDELIC RESEARCH
Sloan Science & Film Interviews Mirella to learn more about "Seven Eternities" television project.
New Pilot: Push It!
A SERIES ABOUT THE FASCINATING & CONTROVERSIAL STORY BEHIND THE CREATION OF THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL.
Finalist at the Athena Film Festival!
"A fantstic script. Original, well-written and heart stopping"
- THE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA
Me & My Style
A marriage of intellectual-driven (Apollonian) and intuitive-emotional (Dionysian). My banner is Apollonian Media.
Professionally, I've been involved in journalism, documentary research, screenplay analysis, and indie film as a director-writer-producer. My concern for the cosmos is communicated through creative expression. We are all meaning-making machines, and stories are the most potent technology for transmitting knowledge, bridging human to human. Film's superpower is its ability to effortlessly dissolve boundaries, which in turn allows us to open communication with access to deeper understanding. I appreciate the archetypal foundations of storytelling and am a student of the works of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and Mircea Eliade.
My work has been inspired by many. If the Criterion Collection cornered me into its closet, I'd likely pick works from: Jane Campion, Richard Linklater, Charlie Kaufman, Julian Schnabel, Jacques Audiard, Wong Kar-Wai, Céline Sciamma, and Stanley Kubrick. Some of my favorite TV shows are Mad Men, Top of the Lake, Unbelievable, Russian Doll, Black Mirror.
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Screenwriting & Story Editing