MEG SWERTLOW is an award-winning genre screenwriter and filmmaker who is determined to use her energetic personality to be a strong female force in the male-dominated entertainment industry. She uses her humor and passion to create female-forward, genre scripts that are filled with funny women who challenge the norms imposed upon them. She's got a big mouth and a lot to say! Writing strong but flawed badass ladies is her forte.
Meg recently optioned an untitled wedding feature with Four Leaf Films. Her hour-long family pilot, Witch, Please!, is currently a Finalist in the 2021 ScreenCraft TV Competition and was selected for the 2021 Middlebury Script Lab. Her horror feature, "No Overnight Parking," was named ISA's Fast Track Fellowship genre winner, Grand Prize winner of Emerging Screenwriters’ Shoot Your Short, Runnerup at the Nightmares Film Festival, FilmQuest Finalist, Women in Film’s Production Program Semifinalist and Finalist for the Filmmatic Horror Awards. In 2018, she was selected to attend the Hedgebrook Screenwriters Lab. The Austin Film Festival called No Overnight Parking, "a picture-perfect slasher." Her comedy scripts have gone on to be Semifinalist in the 2018 Screencraft Fellowship, second-rounder in the 2017 Sundance Episodic Lab and winner at the 2019 Austin Revolution Film Festival. She's also been nominated for Screenwriter of the Year twice at the Austin Revolution Film Festival.
Inspired by projects she saw at the Nightmares Film Festival, Meg took on directing at the end of 2019. She’s already shot and directed four short films, one of which placed her in the second round of Ryan Murphy’s Half-Foundation 2020 Directing Mentorship. She was just selected to take part in Women in Film’s 2020 Mentor Program and her latest quarantine horror short, “Jenny,” was named a finalist in the 2020 Coven Film Festival, The Quarantine Film Festival and the Nightmares Film Festival. In a genre twist, she and Latin Grammy two-time winner Alisha Gaddis have been hired by Four Leaf Films to write a romcom. They are also developing a romcom with Hallmark star Jessy Schram and an animated children's show, "La Pequena Arana," for Latin America.
Meg studied theater at Hamilton College in Upstate New York, but post-college returned home to LA to perform comedy and train at iO West, UCB and Groundlings. After studying screenwriting at University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, Meg left her decade-long career writing celebrity news for outlets like E! News and Entertainment Tonight to pursue her dreams of filmmaking.