Shirley Monsarrat is a self-taught writer/director based between Paris & New York. In 2007 she founded Patchwork Studio and started producing short features such as “Less and Less” directed by Mélanie Laurent, selected in the official competition at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Her films have been broadcast in France and abroad on Canal+, TV5 Monde, France Télévisions, 13ème rue, CanalSat etc., with notable success at French and International film festivals.
In parallel with production, in 2011 she started directing her first short film “5150 Hold” casting french actress Vahina Giocante (“99 Frs”, “Turf”, “Secret of States”, “Lila says” etc.), which was pre-bought and broadcast by 13ème rue. It holds twenty selections at film festivals in France and abroad. “5150 Hold” was co-produced with Mon Voisin Productions, a company set up by Dominique Besnehard & Michel Feller, and took more than ten film festival prizes including “Best Short Film”, “Best Actress” for Vahina Giocante and “Best Editing”.
In 2013 Shirley is returning with “Eclipse”, entirely filmed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, in which Edith Scob who was nominated in 2013 for a César Award for her role in Leos Carrax’s “Holy Motors”, plays a blind artist.
The film will be screened for the first time at the official competition during the 18th Young Directors’ Festival at St-Jean-de-Luz, France, in October 2013.
Shirley shot her third short film “The Story of the Invisible” in New York (December 2013), starring Fabien Ducommun, american songwriter/singer/actress Sophie Auster, and american dancer/choreographer Nathan Madden.
She also directed films for international clients such as Vogue, Dior, Armani, Nike etc.
She’s now working on 4 different documentaries across the world, planned for 2018.