Lola Blanc is a filmmaker, musician, and actor whose directorial work has been spotlighted by Pitchfork, Fangoria, Nerdist, and Omeleto, and screened at film festivals like Fantastic Fest, Newport Beach Film Festival, and Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts.
Her first short film, In Other Words, co-written with and starring Kenny Lucas of the Lucas Brothers (Judas and the Black Messiah), was her film debut and launched her onto the film festival circuit, screening at a number of fests across the country. The all-women horror micro-anthology she directed a segment for, Bleed, won awards and screened at some of the biggest genre festivals in the world, from Fantastic Fest to Fright Fest Glasgow.
Most recently, she just wrapped filming on her psychological horror short film Pruning, starring Emmy-nominated Madeline Brewer (Handmaid’s Tale, Cam). The script for that film, which she co-wrote, was a 2022 Top 10 Finalist in the Killer Shorts screenplay competition, as well as a Top 3 Finalist at Nantucket Film Festival’s screenplay competition. Pruning will begin its rounds at film festivals in 2023.
Blanc’s music has garnered millions of streams across Spotify and YouTube and has been featured by Billboard, Paper, Refinery29, and more. She has also written songs for other artists, including Britney Spears and K-pop superstars Itzy; Blanc has over 200,000 followers across platforms.
Her acting credits include Under the Silver Lake, American Horror Story, and indie films that recently screened at Tribeca and SXSW.
Much of Blanc’s work is inspired by her childhood experience believing in a self-proclaimed prophet, including her podcast “Trust Me” on the PodcastOne network, in which she and her co-host interview survivors of groups like NXIVM, the Manson Family, Heaven’s Gate, and QAnon, as well as experts on a wide range of related topics. The show has received over 3 million downloads.
Nantucket Film Festival – Tony Cox Short Screenplay Competition: Finalist (PRUNING), 2022
Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition: Finalist (PRUNING), 2022
ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship: Semifinalist (MAGICAL THINKING), 2022
Stage 32 Horror Screenwriting Contest: Semifinalist (MAGICAL THINKING), 2022
FilmQuest: Best Music Video – Nominated (HERE COME THE WOLVES), 2022
FilmQuest: Best Music Video – Nominated (DEVIL IN ME), 2021
FilmQuest: Director’s Award for Overall Cinematic Achievement In a Short Film – Won (BLEED), 2019
Shore Scripts Short Film Fund: Finalist (THE SAFE SPACE), 2018