Neda Jebelli (USA/Iran)

Neda Jebelli is an Iranian-American screenwriter from Missouri. Her work explores the intersection of the personal and the political, often through a satirical, comedic, and surrealist lens. Neda was recently selected for the NBC TV Writers Program. She earned an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Columbia University in New York City, where she wrote short films that won awards at critically acclaimed festivals, including Venice, Tribeca, South by Southwest, Telluride, and Palm Springs. Her feature writing has been supported by the Catwalk Institute, the Short to Feature Lab, and the Columbia University Emerging Filmmaker Grant. Neda previously taught screenwriting at Columbia University and worked as a script coordinator on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, as a writers’ assistant on NBC’s “A Little Late with Lilly Singh”, and as the showrunner’s assistant on Showtime’s Let the Right One In.

The Volunteer After an isolated middle-aged trail volunteer finds a baby shoe in the woods, she becomes convinced she is pregnant… despite all evidence to the contrary.