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1. 37 Seconds

Director: Hikari

Streaming on Netflix

2. Becoming

Director: Nadia Hallgren

Streaming on Netflix

3. Blow the Man Down

Directors: Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

4. CRSHD

Director: Emily Cohn

Streaming on

Laemmle Virtual Cinema

5. Emma.

Director: Autumn de Wilde

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

6. I Will Make You Mine

Director: Lynn Chen

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

7. Jezebel

Director: Numa Perrier

Streaming on Netflix

8. Lucky Grandma

Director: Sasie Sealy

Streaming on Virtual Cinemas

9. Selah And The Spades

Director: Tayarisha Poe

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

10. Stray Dolls

Director: Sonejuhi Sinha

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

11. Tigertail

Director: Alan Yang

Streaming on Netflix

12. Uncorked

Director: Prentice Penny

Streaming on Netflix

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María Alvarez


María Alvarez is a 22-year-old internationally recognized Cuban-Dutch filmmaker. She recently graduated from the University of Southern California with a BFA in Film & Television Production in May 2019. Her passions are centered on raising awareness for diverse female stories about sexuality, identity, and coming of age. Her films have screened at dozens of festivals such as the Los Angeles Film Festival and Cleveland International Film Festival, won awards from institutions such as Google, and screened in museums like MoMA. Her short film, ‘Backpedals’, screened at the 2018 Festival de Cannes in the Court Métrage and was a finalist in the 2018 Horizon Awards, an all-female Sundance sponsored fellowship. She is a YoungArts alumna and is featured on the 2018 YBCA 100 List. She worked as a Director’s Assistant to Benedict Andrews on Seberg, starring Kristen Stewart and shot by Rachel Morrison. She is in the festival circuit with her senior thesis film, ‘Party of Two’, which premiered at Outfest Fusion. She is currently working at FREE THE WORK, the global talent discovery platform for underrepresented creators formed by director, Alma Har’el.

Instagram: @shotbymaria
Twitter: @mvafilms
Website: www.mvafilms.com
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