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Patricia Cardoso


Patricia CardosoPatricia Cardoso is an award-winning writer, director and producer who teaches film directing, writing and production at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her credits include the Sundance Audience Award-winning feature film, “Real Women Have Curves,” the television movies “Meddling Mom” and “Lies in Plain Sight,” and the web-series “Ro,” for WIGS. Her short films include “The Water Carrier of Cucunuba,” which won a Student Academy Award; “The Air Globes”; and “La Clave,” for a National Institute of Health-funded USC-UCLA research project.

Her films have played and won awards at national and international festivals including Telluride, Toronto, Rotterdam, London and San Sebastian, and have been distributed theatrically, in television, and on the web. Her films have been funded through a combination of sources including the Hubert Bals Fund, the McArthur Foundation, the National Institute of Health, Focine, HBO, and sales to Channel Four England, SBS Australia, Showtime Networks and Sony, among others.

Formerly an archaeologist in her native Colombia, Ms. Cardoso is a Fulbright Scholar and served as director of Sundance’s Latin American program for five years. She is also the recipient of a Smithsonian Institute Recognition Award. She is routinely invited to deliver lectures on her work throughout the world, most recently for the Bank of InterAmerican Development in Washington, D.C. and the United Nation’s International Labor Organization in Madrid.

Prior to working at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, she taught at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for seven years. She received her master of fine art from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and her bachelor of arts from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Columbia. Ms. Cardoso is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Film Independent, Sundance Alumni and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is an active member of the Independent Directors Committee at the Directors Guild of America.