Gabriela Garcia Medina
Gabriela Garcia Medina is a Cuban-American-British filmmaker. Her short film LITTLE CON LILI won Best in Fest at the HBO Women in Comedy Festival (2019), Best Short Contest with NBC (2019), and the LALIFF/FOTOKEM post-production award. Nominated for Best Short Comedy at the Palm Springs ShortFest 2020, won the 2020 TELLING OUR STORIES Film competition (Starz, Women in Film), and has received distribution from HBO (2021-2023).
Gabriela’s short film THE 90 DAY PLAN (a short film/Proof of Concept shot in 8 hours), won Best of Fest at the HBO Women in Comedy Festival 2020, Best Short Contest Award (Powderkeg/Feigco Ent), official selection at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival 2020, and official selection for the PBS LatinXperience 2021, and will be available on HBO from November 2021.
Gabriela's feature film MEDIO SUMMER, a Spanglish, Spoken-word comedy inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is in development with Marc Platt Productions, and MACRO; and her feature film LITTLE CON LILI is in development with Mandalay Pictures. Gabriela is a 2020 Film Independent Directing Lab Fellow, a 2016 Hedgebrook Screenwriting Lab Fellow, and was selected for a SONY incubator lab (2021). She was a writer for the Gamechanger One Love short project (prod. Effie Brown), 2021.
Gabriela received her BFA in 2005, from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television (with a double minor in Chicano/a Studies and African American Studies), and a dual MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2015. Aside from being a filmmaker, Gabriela is also an international Spoken Word poet, performing her one-woman show at over 1000 universities in the US, and opening for artists including Pitbull, the Black-Eyed Peas, Taj Mahal, Harry Belafonte, and social/political figures including Maxine Waters, Thich Nhat Hahn, and Kamala Harris, among others. Gabriela's spoken word has appeared on KCET Television, KPFK, NPR, and on commercials for Dove, Toyota, and Coca Cola. Gabriela is represented by Jairo Alvarado at Redefine Entertainment, and Valarie Phillips at A3 Artist Agency.