Isabelle is a French-Lebanese Filmmaker based in New York City. She studied English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, after which she worked on independent and studio productions.
Currently finishing her MFA in Filmmaking at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Isabelle has worked on projects in Beirut, New York, Paris and Los Angeles. Titles include Sweet Thing by Alexandre Rockwell (Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2020, Critics’ Choice at Tribeca Film Festival 2021), Plaisir by Molly Gillis (SXSW 2021 premiere, Aspen Shortsfest 2021 Youth Jury Award), and more.
Her most recent short film Beity (2021) was officially selected to TIFF and Hollyshorts and was acquired and distributed by The New Yorker.
She is now prepping for her first feature film, which is set in Lebanon and follows four women one year after the Beirut explosion and subsequent economic collapse.
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TIFF roundtable - here.
NFMLA Stage 5 Filmmaker Interview - here
On your Radar - NYU Graduate Film interview - here
Calgary Arabia Interview - here
6 Arab films to screen at Toronto International Film Festival - Here.
Youth Excellence Grant - CEDRONA - here
“L’attente d’une mère en plans rapprochés, par Isabelle Mecattaf .” - in Lebanese newspaper L’Orient Le Jour - here
"ISABELLE MECATTAF, DE SA “MAISON” À TORONTO" in Agenda Culturel - here
El Fann Nashra - Interview here