Victoria Rivera (Colombia)

Victoria Rivera is a Colombian screenwriter and director based in New York who graduated from Columbia University with an M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Film Directing. She has made several short films that have had recognition at international Academy-qualifying film festivals such as Telluride, Tribeca, Cartagena de Indias and Bogoshorts, where she won jury awards with her short films Skull+Bone (2016), Verde (2018), Night Swim (2019) and Lucia (2020), nominated for the Macondo Awards in 2022 in the Best Short Film category. Victoria is currently developing Malpelo, a feature film supported by a Sloan Foundation grant and by organizations such as Film Independent, IFP and Sundance Institute, where she has participated in different labs and financing markets.

Malpelo [co-written with Leticia Akel Escárate] Mia Soto, a freediver, marine biologist and co-founder of a shark protection foundation, decides to embark on a dangerous expedition to the inhospitable island of Malpelo in Colombia, obsessed with completing the research of her husband, who disappeared recently on the island. Mia puts all her freediving skills into tagging hammerhead sharks with a team of men who distrust her and her abilities. She soon discovers that her scientific tagging is falling into the wrong hands and encouraging shark finning in the area.