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Lily Mercer
I write character-driven dramas about the underdogs who never fit in, then learn how to stand out instead. And because I was raised by a politician, there is always a social issue involved.
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Top 25 Writers to Watch for 2018 - ISA
WINNER Vancouver Women in Film Festival Best Screenplay
WINNER Screenplay Festival Best Drama
WINNER Fast Track Fellowship - ISA
Semi-Finalist Creative World Awards
Semi Finalist Cinequest
Quarter-Finalist Nicholl Fellowship
Quarter-Finalist Page International Awards

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Los Angeles


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Lily Mercer made her mark first as an actor, then as a theatre director and producer. She soon founded a small professional theater in Arizona, Actors Repertory Theatre of Sedona, where embraced her role as Producing Artistic Director.

After winning BEST DRAMA in the Screenplay Festival 2008, Lily started taking her writing "hobby" more seriously. In May 2012 she obtained an M.F.A. in screenwriting from NYU/Tisch, and received the Charles Purpura Award for excellence. In 2016 she was awarded the ISA FAST TRACK FELLOWSHIP and soon won BEST SCREENPLAY at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. Lily has been a quarterfinalist in the NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP and the PAGE Awards, a semi-finalist in the Creative World Awards, and Cinequest, among others.

Currently Lily is developing a series entitled LOST WOMEN OF AMERICAN HISTORY. However, her proudest achievement is founding a writers group for women, “Bechdel Babes Writing Partners.’