Giselle Bonilla

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Giselle started her career as a child actor but felt unfulfilled and limited by the lack of opportunities for Latinos in comedy. She received her MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI) and was a recipient of the AUDI Fellowship for Women which sponsors one promising female director with a full-tuition scholarship for the program. Her AFI thesis film “The Bullfighter” is a 2023 Student DGA Award Winner and was nominated in the Student Etudes Competition at the 2023 EnergaCAMERIMAGE Film Festival. Giselle is a 2023 Telluride FilmLAB Fellow, a 2021 Deutsche Bank Frieze Filmmaking Fellow, and an alum of the Sundance Institute as a 2020 Ignite x Adobe Fellow. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where her undergrad thesis film “Virgencita” received the Horizon Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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