Laura Neri is a director of Greek and Italian origins. Born in Brussels, Belgium, she graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles with an MFA in Film Production. Laura Neri was born of a Greek mother and an Italian father. She received her BA with Honors in Film Analysis and Screenwriting at the Free University of Brussels, where writer/director Luc dardenne was her mentor. She then received an MFA in Film Production at the University of Southern California.
Her thesis film is a 'dramedy' called A Kiss on the Nose, which has won several awards and has been screened worldwide. It describes a difficult father-daughter relationship, told from the daughter's quirky point of view. In 2005 the film won the "Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award – Student Dramatic Short" at the Heartland Film Festival as well as the inaugural VISION AWARD, which recognizes an emerging filmmaker who shows vision in filmmaking. The film also won "Best Short" at the 2005 Danville International Children's Film festival and was one of the 10 winners of the Flickering Image Film Festival 2006.