CRISTINA KOTZ CORNEJO

Director | Writer | Producer

Raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the US, Cristina Kotz Cornejo is an independent filmmaker. 3 Américas (2007) marks her feature film debut. She has shown the film at over 15 venues nationally and internationally, ranging from Montevideo, Uruguay to San Francisco to New York City. 3 Américas was in the official script competition (as Soledad) at the 2003 International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba. She is the recipient of a 2004 & 2007 Moving Image Fund Grants from the LEF Foundation in support of 3 Américas’ development and was invited to attend the Sundance Institute’s 2004 Independent Producer’s Conference with 3 Américas. 3 Américas is distributed by Vanguard Cinema and Cinetic Rights Management and can be found here on Netflix. Her short film, La Guerra Que No Fue/The War That Never Was (2004) has screened at over 25 national and international festivals in over 10 countries and is distributed by OUAT! Media. Her shorts, Despertar (2011) and Hermanas (2013), are currently playing festivals around the world. She recently completed her latest short film, Buena Fé (2014) shot in Argentina in summer of 2013 and is in the financing stage of her next feature film, Hermanas de Fé.

Cristina is a 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow and 2014 Cine Qua Non Screenwriter Fellow.

In 2000 she was chosen as one of four directors to be awarded a grant from the Partnership for a Drug Free America to direct, Ernesto (2000), which premiered at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival in August of that same year. Her short film, The Appointment (1999), developed under the advisement of Spike Lee, Nancy Savoca and Pascal Aubier while a student at NYU, was awarded a Warner Brothers Pictures Production Award, a Dean’s Post Production Award, and 3 NYU Craft Awards and was picked up for distribution by Urban Entertainment in Los Angeles. In 1999, Cristina was awarded an Independent Vision Grant from the Independent Feature Project to direct Off to College I Go! (1999), a 2 minute short which premiered at the Film Forum in New York City as part of the Classically Independent Film Festival.

Cristina is contributing author in Filming Difference: Actors, Directors, Producers and Writers on Gender, Race and Sexuality in Film, University of Texas Press (edited by Daniel Bernardi); May 2009.

Cristina received her M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, an M.A. in Organizational Management from Antioch University and her B.A. from the University of Southern California.

In 2014, Cristina was promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College in Boston making her the first Latina Full Professor of Media Production in the US.