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2023 Young Guns - YG Profile

Gabriela Ortega

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Young Guns 21 - Winner Profile


Gabriela Ortega


Hometown: Santo Domingo
Current City: Los Angeles, CA & Dominican Republic

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Gabriela Ortega is an award-winning writer/director and actor from the Dominican Republic. She is a USC graduate, a 2023 Sundance screenwriting fellow, 2023 Sundance latine fellow and an 2022-2023 Academy of Motion Pictures fellow. Her short film “Huella”, produced through the inaugural class of Indeed and Hillman Grad’s “Rising Voices'' fellowship, was an official selection of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and is being turned into a feature film after being selected for the 2022 Sundance Producers lab and the 2023 Sundance screenwriter’s lab. Most recently, Gabriela was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, she won the NBC & Telemundo best director award at the 2022 LALIFF and “Best New Filmmaker '' at the annual NFMLA awards. Her latest film “Beautiful, FL” produced through the Disney launchpad program, premiered on Disney+ in 2023 and her first film, “PAPI'' is available to stream on HBO. Currently, Gabriela is directing a Docuseries for Sephora and Peacock as she prepares to direct her first feature film in 2024. Her work lives within the intersection of fiction and poetry and aims to draw cultural bridges that lead to the Caribbean through intersectionality, duality, and ancestral memory.

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