JERELL ROSALES is an award-winning Filipino-American film and television director and writer.

Jerell’s feature-length directorial debut, HIGH SCHOOL LOVER, executive produced by and starring Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Award Winner James Franco (127 Hours, The Disaster Artist) premiered on national television for LIFETIME/A&E NETWORKS on February 4th, 2017 and is distributed on DVD by LIONSGATE.  HIGH SCHOOL LOVER also stars François Arnaud (Star of NBC’s MIDNIGHT TEXAS, and Showtime’s THE BORGIAS), Paulina Singer, (ABC/Freeform’s DEAD OF SUMMER), Tyler Alvarez (Netflix’s AMERICAN VANDAL), Julia Jones (WIND RIVER) and Lana Condor (X-MEN: APOCALYPSE).

A festival favorite, Rosales’ films have been officially selected in over 80 film festivals worldwide, hailed in THE HUFFINGTON POST as a “demonstration of Rosales’ solid skill as a rising filmmaker.”  He’s a two-time UCLA DIRECTORS SPOTLIGHT AWARD WINNER — honored at the Directors Guild of America as “one of the best films UCLA Film Festival has to offer” in 2012 and 2015, respectively.

As a screenwriter, Jerell is a 2018 HUMANITAS PRIZE WINNER for his half-hour original pilot, FLIP (FUNNY LITTLE ISLAND PEOPLE), taking home the David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Fellowship at the award’s 43rd Annual event.  Jerell also won the 2015 ACCLAIM TV SPEC CONTEST and was a finalist for various national contests and fellowships including the SCRIPT PIPELINE TV WRITING CONTEST, THE LA COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL and THE SCREENCRAFT PILOT LAUNCH CONTEST.

Jerell is based in Los Angeles teaching Directing classes for UCLA and UCLA Extension. Jerell proudly holds an MFA in Directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.

During the 2013 SFIndie Film Festival, Bay area filmgoers were exposed to some fresh new talents. One who quickly caught my attention was Filipino-American Jerell Rosales, whose short film, Born To Dance This Way, demonstrates his solid skill as a rising filmmaker.