Joe Leih graduated from Columbia University’s School of the Arts with an MFA in Film, where he won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Screenwriting Award for his thesis screenplay. There his student film, Dead Battery, was invited to over 25 film festivals worldwide and was acquired/broadcast by the Sci-Fi Channel, Canal + (France and International), TV Tokyo, and other outlets. Currently Joe directs commercials working for clients such as Sony, Four Points by Sheraton, Texas Lottery, and Sierra Mist. In 2005, his viral PSA for marcandtom.com won a Bronze Lion at the Cannes International Advertising Festival and was a One Show Shortlist. SHOOT magazine quickly featured Joe as one of the top emerging commercial directors in their New Directors Showcase, and Fast Channel’s SourceECreative singled out Joe as a director to watch. In 2007, Joe won again at Cannes taking home a Young Directors Award with his spot for Amstel Light. His spot for Roland made the Young Directors Shortlist, and both commercials were featured on Shots Magazine’s DVD 102. Most recently Joe was featured as one of the top up and coming commercial directors in the world on Shots Magazine’s New Directors Reel.
Joe Leih was awarded a Screenwriting grant at Columbia in 2000 for Silverstreak