Kristal Sotomayor is a bilingual documentary filmmaker and editor. Currently, she works as a Production & Programing Intern at POV | American Documentary. In addition, she is a Film Scholar Fellow at Scribe Video Center working on a documentary about the undocumented immigrant communities in Philadelphia. Her undergrad short film To My Motherland has screened at film festivals around the United States and Europe.
Most recently, Kristal has been the recipient of the Film Scholar Fellowship from Scribe Video Center, co-sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. In the past, she has received the HCAH Flaherty Seminar Student Fellowship from Haverford College and the NextDoc Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship from Youth FX and The Carey Institute. As well as the Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellowship and Film Studies Program Fellowship from Bryn Mawr College.
At Bryn Mawr College, Kristal was the Head of the Film Series Committee, which screens films on campus twice a week, and the Founder and Co-President of the Filmmakers Association, which unites student filmmakers and provides workshops on filmmaking basics. Through the Filmmakers Association, she established the first 48 Hour Film Festival, where groups of students create films in a 48 hour timespan. In addition, Kristal interned for the non-profit Profugo creating social media video content and a food-related video series as part of the annual fundraising campaign. MORE →
Kristal hopes to continue her passion for storytelling and filmmaking into graduate school and the completion of her first documentary feature.