ALLISON LEE  |  BIOGRAPHY


Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Los Angeles, Allison Lee studied English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago where she was a member of the student filmmaking group, Fire Escape Films, and graduated with honors for her thesis film, KICK A BOY. Lee returned to Los Angeles to receive her MFA in Film and TV Production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Upon graduation, she worked in development and production at DreamWorks and NBCUniversal.

She has written, directed and produced numerous films including TRICK OR TREAT, which earned an aMedia Ammy Award nomination for Best Short Film and made its broadcast television premiere on PBS. The film was featured at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the Chicago Asian American Showcase and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

A recipient of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans Scholarship and an Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences Grant, she was invited to attend the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications Writers’ Workshop and the Nickelodeon Writer’s Script Review. She was also named a Project Involve fellow, and her short THE GRIZZLY was produced by Film Independent.

Lee co-wrote KEPLER X-47, which was accepted into the Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute. The film was screened at the 13th Annual Young Directors Night at LACMA and as a part of the Short Film Programs at the American Cinematheque. In 2015, Lee was one of five screenwriters who received a residency through the inaugural Hedgebrook Screenwriters Lab, where she was mentored by Jane Anderson and Jenny Bicks. Recently, she was selected to participate in the 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive.