Mariel Sosa Cueva (Peru)

Mariel Sosa Cueva is a Peruvian screenwriter and film director. A graduate of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, her connection to nature and her curiosity about the human condition deepened with her travels around the world. Driven by that passion, she directed her short film Máxima: This Land of Mine (2018), which portrays the power struggle between a peasant woman and a billionaire mining company. The short film premiered at the Austin Film Festival and won the Jury Prize at the 2019 Newport Beach Film Festival. Mariel’s films often explore topics such as cultural identity, family and memory. In 2018, she was selected for the Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) of the United States. Later, she was invited as an ambassador for Ms. Magazine, where she strives to empower diverse voices and women through their stories and personal experiences in the film industry. Mariel’s work has been published in renowned magazines, including The Hollywood Reporter, MovieMaker and Variety.

Malamante [co-written with Paula de Anda Vargas] After many years, a young migrant from the town of Pataz is reunited in the city with his sister. At the same time, a nascent mental illness will fill his life with chaos and paranoia.