Festival Year: 2023

Erika Valenciana

Roles: Special Guest

Erika Valenciana is a Chicana filmmaker and educator from Chicago. She is a Film & Video graduate from Columbia College Chicago. Her short films have screened at festivals internationally and received top placing awards.

Valenciana’s work has been supported by Tribeca Film Institute, Puffin Foundation, Kartemquin Films, Stowe Story Labs, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, Allied Media Conference, Chicago International Film Festival, and Full Spectrum Features.

Valenciana amplifies the voices of her community of women and non-binary filmmakers of color through Mezcla Media Collective’s Leadership Circle. She uses film to share underrepresented stories building towards a media landscape where diverse experiences are visible and celebrated.

Festival Year: 2023