Leyla Mandel (b. 2003) is a young American film maker. She began her career as a short novel writer with "The Chosen Road" which was published when she was in 5th grade. The following year she adapted the story to a film and began filming in 7th grade. The film was completed in September 2016 and premiered at the Studio Cinema in Belmont, MA.
In the last few years Leyla has focused more on making films about the environment and sustainability, and in the last year she co-founded Sunrise Watertown and has made films for her group. She was also the editor for "The Haven Project" as well as season 1 of the "Percy Jackson Web Series", directed by Erika Jolie.
Leyla's art centers on climate change related themes and climate activism. She is currently a combined degree student at Tufts University where she is studying film and political science.