NEW YORK, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- HBO and the New York International
Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) announced the recipient of the 2nd Annual Latino
Filmmaker Competition. The winner, writer/director Aurora Guerrero, received
a $15,000 grant from HBO to produce and direct a short film based on her
original script "Viernes Girl" ("Friday Girl"), the story of how sibling
rivalry takes a turn when a brother and sister discover they have more in
common than they think. Guerrero completed the 6-minute film in time for it
to premiere during the NYILFF's 2005 festivities, July 26 to July 31.
"When I found out I had won the NYILFF/HBO short script competition I was
both honored and super excited. I immediately saw this as an opportunity for
myself and my creative team to continue to grow as artists," Guerrero states.
"I must admit, making a film from beginning to end in just over a month has
definitely better prepared us for when we are ready to shoot our first feature
film. I'm grateful to the NYILFF and HBO for supporting filmmaking that dares
to be truthful and original."
A San Francisco native, Aurora was raised by Mexican immigrant parents and
received her BA in Psychology and Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley, later
obtaining an MFA in film directing at Cal Arts. Since then, Aurora has
directed short films that have traveled the film festival circuit, most
notably her recent short, "Pura Lengua," which was accepted into the 2005
Sundance Film Festival. Based on the strength of her first feature length
script, "Mosquita Y Mari," Aurora was awarded the 2005 Sundance Ford
Fellowship and selected to participate in the Hedgebrook Writers-in-Residency
program. Her accomplishments as an emerging writer/director also gained her
admission into the IFP/LA Project: Involve program. Aurora assisted director
Patricia Cardoso on her debut feature, HBO Films' "Real Women Have Curves,"
which won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2002. She co-founded the Los
Angeles-based Womyn Image Makers (WIM) and is a filmmaking member of Chica
Luna Productions, Inc.
"In our 6th year, we are excited to feature our 2nd HBO/NYILFF Short Film
Competition," said Calixto Chinchilla, Executive Director, NYILFF. "We
continue to look for ways to provide opportunities that further foster and
support emerging directors and writers such as Aurora Guerrero."
The New York International Latino Film Festival is the first festival in
New York City to showcase the works of national Latino filmmakers alongside
international Latin American films, while offering expansive images of the
Latino experience. The festival presents works in the categories of Feature
Film (in Spanish and English) and Vanguard Cinema, which includes experimental
works, documentaries, student works and short films. The 6-day festival also
includes panel discussions, educational forums and special events. A full
roster of festival films, special activities and tickets can be obtained on
the festival's website, http://www.nylatinofilm.com, or by calling the
festival hotline at 212-726-2358.
The festival is presented by HBO.