Gabriela Ortegais an award-winning writer/director and actor from the Dominican Republic. She is a USC graduate, a Sundance interdisciplinary fellow and a 2022 Academy of Motion Pictures fellow. Her short film “Huella'' was an official selection of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and is being turned into a feature film after winning development funds with the inaugural WarnerMedia 150 and NewFilmmakers LA “New Narratives” Grant and being selected for the 2022 Sundance Producers lab. Most recently, Gabriela was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent film, she won the NBC & Telemundo best director award at the 2022 LALIFF and “Best New Filmmaker” at the annual NFMLA awards. Her latest film “Beautiful, FL” will premiere on Disney+ in 2023 and her first film “PAPI” is available to stream on HBO and HBO max. Gabriela's work lives within the intersection of fiction and poetry and aims to draw cultural bridges that lead to the Caribbean through intersectionality, duality and ancestral memory.
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