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In this session, in partnership with the nonprofit FilmmakHERs of Colour, mentees got a chance to chat with director/writer/star Lingua Franca Isabel Sandoval on everything from craft to the film's cultural importance.

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Isabel Sandoval

Isabel Sandoval is a New York-based filmmaker and MacDowell Fellow in film. The Museum of Modern Art has cited her as a “rarity among the young generation of Filipino filmmakers” for her “muted, serene aesthetic.” She is the first transgender director to compete at the Venice and BFI London film festivals with Lingua Franca, which stars Eamon Farren (The Witcher, Twin Peaks: The Return). Her debut feature Señorita premiered at Locarno Film Festival. Meanwhile, her second feature Apparition won awards in Deauville and Hawaii after competing in Busan.

Her three features have screened at prestigious international film festivals, including Thessaloniki, Stockholm, Vancouver, AFI Fest, and Palm Springs. Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts, NYC Mayor's Office for Media and Entertainment, Jerome Foundation, Vilcek Foundation, IFP and Frameline. In November 2019, she was awarded the SFFILM-Westridge Foundation screenwriting grant for her new feature "Baptism". In April 2020, the Indiana University Cinema will present an early-career retrospective, “Isabel Sandoval: Uncompromising Vision” as part of its Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Series, which previously featured Meryl Streep, Ava DuVernay and Werner Herzog.
She has a MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and started her career in brand management.

Isabel Sandoval
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