About

Kristal Sotomayor is a bilingual Latinx documentary filmmaker, festival programmer, and freelance journalist based in Philadelphia, PA.


EXPERTISES

Filmmaker

Kristal practices transformative filmmaking that humanizes and validates the lived experiences of underrepresented communities. They are in post-production on Expanding Sanctuary which began through the Film Scholars Fellowship with Scribe Video Center. They are a 2020 If/Then North Shorts Fellowship, 2020 DCTV Docu Work-In-Progress Lab, 2020 Justice For My Sister Sci-Fi Screenwriting Lab Fellow, 2019 Good Pitch Local: Philadelphia grantee, 2018 Leeway Foundation Art & Change grantee, and 2017 NeXtDoc Fellow.

Community Media

Drawing inspiration from their Peruvian heritage, Kristal’s community-based work practice focuses on Latinidad, immigration, and belonging. Formerly, Kristal was the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at Scribe Video Center.

Festival Programmer

They serve as the Programming Director of the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival and have assisted with curation for the “Spotlight on Documentaries” at IFP Week, Camden International Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival, and the award-winning PBS documentary series POV | American Documentary.

Film Critic

Kristal is an awardee of the Sundance Institute’s Press Inclusion Initiative, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Press Inclusion Initiative, AARP Freelance Fellowship at NLGJA | The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, the inaugural International Documentary Association (IDA) Magazine Editorial Fellowship, and a Lenfest Next Generation Fund awardee. Kristal is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and TIME’S UP Critical Database.

Investigative Journalist

They are a Co-Founder and journalist for ¡Presente! Media, a creative collective and production cooperative led by Latinx filmmakers that produce bilingual content focused on social justice. Kristal’s journalistic background includes having written for ITVS, AL DÍA, Autostraddle, WHYY, The Points Guy, Submittable and Documentary Magazine.


ACCOLADES
If/Then, Points North, LEF Foundation, and Screening Room North Shorts Residency and Grant

2020

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Press Inclusion Initiative

2020

NALIP Emerging Content Creators Scholarship

2020

Double Exposure Film Festival Scholarship

2020 & 2018

Scribe Video Center Philadelphia Independent Media Finishing Fund

2020

Leeway Foundation Arts & Change Grant

2019

Scribe Video Center co-presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Film Scholar Program

2017

DCTV Docu Work-In-Progress Lab

2020

NBC University Visual Storytelling During Breaking News

2020

NLGJA | The Association of LGBTQ Journalists AARP Freelance Fellowship

2020

Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the​ Visual Arts The Velocity Fund

2020

Doc Society’s Good Pitch Local: Philadelphia Media Maker Grant

2019

HCAH Flaherty Seminar Student Fellowship

2017

Bryn Mawr College Film Studies Department Film Studies Fellowship

2017

Haverford College Digital Storytelling Workshop

2016

Sundance Film Institute Press Inclusion Initiative

2020

International Documentary Association (IDA) Documentary Magazine Editorial Fellowship

2020

Justice For My Sister Black, Indigenous, People of Color Sci-Fi Screenwriting Lab

2020

Lenfest Institute For Journalism Next Generation Fund

2020

Doc Society’s Good Pitch Local: Philadelphia Media Maker Presenter

2020 & 2018

Public Radio Exchange (PRX) Podcasting for Journalists Intensive

2020

Youth Fx & The Carey Institute NextDoc Fellowship

2017


Affiliations
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Melacast
YouthFX
New York City Women Filmmakers
Brown Girls Doc Mafia
Sisters in Film and Television (SIFT) Media 215
Scribe Video Center
Global Impact Producers Group
Ghetto Film School Roster
CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia


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