Isabel's passion project "Love Letter to Laos" tells the story of how she ended up opening the first bookstore in Laos after the communist era. The project is currently a finalist in the accelerator program at the ATF IP market in Singapore, and she is set to direct.
She currently teaches a masterclass titled "How to Write a Christmas Movie in 21 Days," sharing her process for quickly writing holiday films. Dréan also frequently speaks on panels about the screenwriting craft and will be a mentor at The Good Word retreat in Greece in June 2024.
She continues to develop features and TV projects across genres, from romcoms to psychological thrillers, showcasing her diverse talents and dedication to the art of storytelling.
Quarterfinalist, The Academy Nicholl Fellowship
Semifinalist, ScreenCraft Feature Competition Semifinalist, WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Lab Fall Quarterfinalist, WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Lab
Quarterfinalist, Emerging Screenwriters - Genre Quarterfinalist, ScreenCraft True Story & Public Domain
Finalist, The WFF Screenwriters Lab
Walt Disney Television Creative Talent Development & Inclusion - CTDI
Cine Qua Non-Lab - Rewriting Lab 2021
LaNapoule Foundation - CANADIAN ARTIST RESIDENCY
The Good Word Retreat 2022- Guest speaker
Bipoc Producing Lab 2023- Canada - Guest Screenwriter
JUNE 4-9, 2023 The Good Word Writer's Retreat is thrilled to announce Guest Teacher Isabel Dréan joins the teams in Patmos, Greece!
Isabel will share her vast knowledge of writing Christmas movies that sell! In her honor, this week only when you sign up to attend the retreat you will receive pricing that's as good as Christmas! Jen Grisanti Tyler Thompson Marti King Young Julie Yonek
APRIL 2023 [EN] We are pleased to present the jury panel responsible for selecting the screenwriting projects for the CASA CINE residency which will take place at the Château de La Napoule, from May 9th to May 30th 2023: Alexandre Perrier, Anna Glogowski, Aude Chevalier-Beaumel, Isabel Dréan and Marcelo Barbosa.
CASA CINE is a film and music residency organized by La Napoule Art Foundation and SERENA Productions. Find out more at https://casacine.org/news
APRIL 6th, 2023, The Filmmaker's Life. LIVE INTERVIEW with Joanne Butler.
“Do you dream of making a living as a screenwriter? Do you dream of making a living as a screenwriter? The Filmmake'rs Life with Isabel Dréan. She is making her living as a screenwriter and will tell us how she did it!”
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE: https://youtu.be/4BR26w_b14M
I read the script. It definitely has awards potential, especially Oscars with the right actress attached to play your role. - PRODUCER on LOVE LETTER TO LAOS
"Meaning&Magic - There is much meaning and magic in this story -- it is truly special. The journey Isabella takes the audience on is full of emotion, meaning, heart, tears, and sweat." -Nicholl Fellowship Reader's 2022
"This was an interesting idea for a story. The premise of the plot was unique enough to make us curious to see what would happen. There was a lot of mystery and suspense from one plot point to the next as the story unfolded. The approach to the genre was very good. We were riveted and weren't sure what was going to happen. There were some nice moments of magic. The meaning of the message at the end was cathartic." -Nicholl Fellowship Reader's
"Dialogue is nuanced and authentic. The writing voice is distinct, lush – exquisite – with something to say on self-acceptance and the joy of simplicity. The prose is infused with a rich vocabulary and colorful adjectives in order to paint a picture in our mind’s eye. With its cinema, excellent writing, charismatic characters, and uplifting catharsis, the script holds tremendous promise. This beautiful, emotionally-resonant film will appeal to many. And overall, it’s a superior script and a standout piece of writing for the author." -Nicholl Fellowship Reader's 2022