In 2022 writer, director and artist Mel Piper receives the Digital Media Formats for Visual Artists fellowship by the Deutscher Künstlerbund. Since its completion in 2021 her short Shadow Players is travelling the international film festival circuit. The film was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2021 Wales International Film Festival and Mel received the Best Director award at the 2022 FantaSci Short Film Festival in Florida.
August 2022 sees the online release of Shadow Players on Beyond The Short, Film Shortage and Classics Magazine Film Club. At the same time Mel's project No Man's Land has been selected for the Work in Progress Session at BIF Market 2022.
Further accolades Mel has received for a work as screenwriter and filmmaker include: ScreenCraft finalist, Stowe Story Lab Final Draft Fellowship finalist, two-time WeScreenplay Diverse Voices semifinalist and BlueCat quarter-finalist. Her film projects have been selected for the European Genre Forum, Reykjavík Talent Lab, the JETS initiative, received a Special Mention at Sitges Pitchbox.