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Mandi Riggi

Director, Writer


Nicola Biltoo

Mandi Riggi is a British/American London-based writer-director of Iranian descent. She is a member of the WGA, BAFTA Crew, WGGB and Directors UK. She was one of 12 selected in the 2020/21 showrunning program Serial Eyes in Berlin and a participant of the 2021 Rotterdam Labs. Mandi’s pilot script PEACE X PIECE was optioned by US network Showtime. Her screenplay MERCY was selected for Toronto Film Festival’s IFF programme and was part of Film London’s PFM and the MIA Co-Production Market in Rome. Her pilot ALEX IN WONDERLAND was one of 16 projects selected into MIA Market’s Drama Pitch Series and is currently being developed to take out to production companies. Mandi has also written and directed several plays, including LEVITICUS which played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, following sold-out performances Off Broadway at 59E59. Her one-woman musical PIAF premiered in LA at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre and has since travelled to NY, Rome, Hong Kong and twice presented at the Grammy Museum starring Maria Elena Infantino.

Mandi has also directed a number of short films, including SPADE, starring Jorge Garcia (Lost, Hawaii 5.0) which premiered at Katra Film Series, won the Katra Award and can now been seen on Shorts TV. Her previous short PARALLEL PASSAGE was nominated for Best Short at the Deauville Festival of American Cinema and travelled to 13 other international film festivals.

Mandi is currently in development with her feature film MERCY, with a star cast attached, and is developing a number of film and television ideas.

Current TV & Fil

Mercy (feature film) – Writer/Director
Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Hiam Abbass, Emun Elliott, Sarah Snook
Currently in Development
Production Company: Writers & Anglers
(selected into Film London’s PFM, Rome’s MIA Market, Toronto’s Film Festival’s IFF)

Five Storeys Underground (feature film) – Writer/Director
In Development
(selected into Film London’s PFM)

Alex in Wonderland (TV Series) – Writer/Creator
In Development
(Selected in Rome MIA Market Drama Pitch Series)

Before You Say goodbye (feature film) – Writer/Director
In Development
Based on a short play by Bekah Brunstetter
Production Company: Little Bird
(selected into the FIND Producers Lab, Los Angeles)

Short Films

Spade (short film) – Writer/Director
Starring: Jorge Garcia
August 2014, Shorts TV 2021
Production Company: PSYCHONAUT
Producer: Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer
Winner Katra Film Series Award, Rome Independent Film Festival

Parallel Passage (short film) – Writer/Director
Production Company: PSYCHONAUT
Producer: Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer
Nominated Best Short Deauville Festival of American Cinema, Winner Silver Remi Award Worldfest Houston, Hamptons Film Festival, Huesca Film Festival, São Paulo Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Malibu Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Cinequest Film Festival, Kent Film festival, Los Angeles International Short Film Festival,


Mercy – Playwright
September 2019 – Bread & Roses Theatre / Clapham Fringe (London)
(finalist recipient at Stage Left Theatre / Downstage Left Residency)

Leviticus – Playwright
August 2018 – Edinburgh Fringe
July 2018 – 59E59 (New York)
(workshopped at Guild Hall, East Hampton New York)
Featuring: Sawyer Spielberg, Raye Levine Spielberg, Brynne Kraynak, Eric Svendsen

Heaven & Hell – Playwright / Director
February 2014 – Midnight Madness Festival (New York)

A Baby’s Arm Holding An Apple – Playwright / Director
February 2013 – Midnight Madness Festival (New York)
(finalist at ReOrient Festival / Golden Thread)
Featuring: Lulu Brud, Eddie Kehler

Degrees – Director
Playwright: Michael David
April 2011 – Inkwell Lab, Inkwell Theatre
Featuring: Samantha Sloyan, Mark McCullough Thomas, Matt Austin, Casey Ross

Piaf – Playwright / Director
September 2012 – July 2016 – Marilyn Monroe Theatre, Grammy Museum (Los Angeles)

Call Nicola to discuss Mandi or other Directors & Writers

0207 467 0131