About The Filmmaker
Zara Meerza is a British filmmaker, journalist, and screenwriter based between London and Los Angeles.
Previously she's worked on projects for the BBC, BFI, Sky Arts, Arts Council UK, and Warp Films across feature films, festivals, interactive, VR and TV. She has a background in both the music and journalism industries and holds degrees in Art History from Cambridge University, University College London and the University of Manchester.
In 2016 she was chosen by the BFI, BAFTA, All3Media, Creative Skillset and the National Film and Television School for various talent and development initiatives for diverse and underrepresented voices in film and TV.
She was a 2017 Producers Guild of America Diversity Fellow, a 2017 Black List x Women In Film Episodic Lab Fellow, a 2017 Filmmaker-in-Residence at Arts, Letters & Numbers (New York). She was a 2018 Sheffield Doc Fest Future Producer, a 2018 ATX Television Festival & Black List TV Writing Program Fellow, and 2018 Screencraft Public Domain Winner.
In 2017 she was also a Featured Writer on The Black List, a Finalist in the TCN Incubator and the 2018 Cinequest Screenwriting Award, a Semi-Finalist for the Sundance Episodic Storytelling Lab, the Screencraft Screenwriters Residency, the Screencraft Fellowship, the Screencraft Pilot Launch Award, as well as a Quarter-Finalist in the PAGE Awards.
Zara is currently working on a variety of documentary and narrative projects, including feminist dark comedy ‘The Cramps’, 'The Mole Man of Hackney' - a documentary about East London's near history told through the tale of William Lyttle — Hackney's beloved burrower, 'Analytica' — a TV series about the behavioural psychology firm that changed the world, ‘Yellow’ — a TV drama about Joseph Pulitzer and the birth of Yellow Journalism, ‘Marfa, TX’ — a feature and interactive documentary selected for Sheffield Doc Fest’s 2015 Devise To Deliver XX Programme, 'The Twins' — a essay documentary about Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and an untitled feature project and non-fiction book about adolescent life during the Bangladesh War. She is also co-founder and co-programmer of Women on Docs LA, an inclusive monthly screening and panel series in East Los Angeles.
Additionally, Zara serves on screening committees and juries for various film festivals, fellowships and screenwriting competitions, including True/False, Camden International, Open City Doc Fest, and BAFTA. She's proud to support and be a member of the Brown Girls Doc Mafia, the IDA, BAFTA, Women in Film LA, and Women in Film and TV UK.