Mason Shefa is 22 years old and comes from Los Angeles, California. He has been making films for 16 years. He recently graduated from Yale University. Shefa shoots, directs, and edits experimental and narrative films, and music videos.
His art portfolio, consisting of eight films, received the National Gold Medal from the 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which is awarded to only fifteen high school seniors in the country each year. Previous winners include Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, John Lithgow, and Truman Capote. His films have also been recognized with top honors from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the University of Southern California’s L.A. Student Film Institute, the Danville International Children’s Film Festival, L.A.’s FilmFest 43, the Harvard-Westlake Film Festival, the South Bay Student Video Festival, and the Spotlight The Arts festival in Calabasas, CA just to name a few.
Shefa's work has received honors and praise from some of Hollywood's biggest names including Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks and director Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July, Platoon, JFK, W.), Golden Globe winning director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), and writer/director Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Borat, Curb Your Enthusiasm), among others.
Singer Lana Del Rey, interested in his films, contacted Shefa and incorporated some scenes from his film, Psalm 51, in her September 2012 London concert.
In Februrary of 2015, Shefa was a member of the judges panel of the "concorso internazionale di cortometraggi" category of the 2015 Lucca Film Festival.