Barbara Cigarroa is a Mexican-American filmmaker from South Texas. She resides in New York City and holds an MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University and a BA in English from Yale University. A storyteller, with a passion for social-justice activism and Hispanic narratives, Barbara’s work has been recognized on the festival circuit, as well as through individual grants and awards.
Barbara was supported at the 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, where she was the recipient of the Sundance Latinx Fellowship with her project “El Otro Lado” (The Other Side), which was also featured at IFP's 2018 No Borders Co-Production Market.
Her short film “Dios Nunca Muere” (God Never Dies) had its world premiere at the 2018 NewYork Film Festival, and concurrently she was invited to be a member of the 2018 NYFF Artist Academy.
Previous work, “Marta Rosa,” was an official selection at dozens of international film festivals, including Austin, New Orleans, and Palm Springs, where it won Panavision’s “Best North American” short and IndieWire named it “Best of the Fest.”
Prior to moving to NY, Barbara volunteered as a documentary filmmaker in South Texas for non-profit companies focused on fighting for underprivileged community’s rights. Before this, Barbara mentored under renowned documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (Salesman, Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter).
Awards & ACCOLADES
2019 - Sundance Screenwriters Lab, LatinX Fellowship
2018 - NYFF Artists Academy
2018 - IFP No Borders Co-Production Market
2018 - Faculty Selects, Columbia University’s Screenwriting Competition
Alex Sichel Fellow for Promising Female Filmmaker, Columbia University