Introducing Our 2019 Tribeca Film Fellows

We’ve selected 6 talented New York City filmmakers, ages 17 - 21, for our year-round Tribeca Film Fellows program. The fellowship includes one-on-one mentorship and development of personal creative goals, plus access to panel discussions, screenings, and special events. While shadowing their mentors, Fellows will receive hands-on experience working on a film or television production.

We’re so grateful to have an amazing roster of mentors this year: producer Lisa Cortes (The Woodsman, Precious, Monster's Ball), cinematographer Peter Deming (Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks, The Cabin in the Woods), editor Carla Gutierrez (RBG, Tales of the Waria, S.O.S/State of Security), cinematographer Chayse Irvin (BlacKkKlansman, Beyonce: Lemonade, Hannah), writer/director (and TFI Alum) Jennifer Suhr (You and Me Both, American Viral, Welcome to Doozy), and director Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline, Collective Unconscious, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely).

Now meet the 2019 Fellows…

Alice Liu is a Toronto/NYC based multidisciplinary artist working in design, photography and film. She is deeply interested in exploring topics of diaspora, female identity and East Asian culture within her work. Alice is an alum of TIFF Next Wave and Telluride Film Festival’s Student Symposium and has photographed for Nike Toronto and Rookie Magazine. Her work have been screened and exhibited at TIFF Short Cuts, Citizen Jane Film Festival, Albright Knox Gallery, Parasol Projects and various festivals and exhibits across Canada and America.  Her upcoming film received a grant from Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival's Pitch Competition and is currently in pre-production.

Britney Ngaw is a New York-based filmmaker hailing from Toronto, Canada. Her works have been showcased worldwide at events such as the Victoria Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Festival de Cinema Escolar de Alvorada, and most recently the Berlin Flash Film Festival. Inspired by Film4 Productions, she aspires to create long form dark comedic content with similar undertones of her short form dark comedies such as "The Cereal Killer", "Career in Crisis", and "I Feel". Her films are often  based on conspiracy theories and placing characters in worlds of exaggerated social conditions. She ditched the suburbs of North York for New York to explore the city's diverse art scene and study Film and TV Production at Tisch School of the Arts.

Currently, she is working on a short film announcing the newest expansions to the Empire State Building with Pedro Tamames and Isabel Padilla for Empire State Realty Trust, is in the process of completing a camcorder feature film with Pedro and Isabel, and writing a 16mm short that she hopes to shoot before all of Isabel's 16mm film expires.

Richards Nimbley is a film editor, a 2019 Tribeca Film Fellow, and a Senior at the High School of Art and Design in New York City, where he is also a member of the Black and Latino Men of Impact. He began his film career in 2017 where his short PSA “Break the Cycle” won second place at the Disney Get Reel With Your Dreams competition, the Gold Key Award at the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, and has screened at numerous international festivals including the Our Voices Film Festival in Toronto, the All American High School Festival in New York City, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His 2018 film “Breaking the Silence” was an official selection of the Film Festival of Nigeria. Nimbley also worked as an editor for the short film “Unbecoming” which has been screened at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY School of Law in 2018. He is currently applying to university to become a film director.

Bia Palmer is a Brazilian filmmaker (Director and Screenwriter) who spent the first 18 years of her life in a small town deep in Brazil before moving to New York City where she is currently a high school Senior. With an earnest background in performing arts and poetry, Palmer has recently written and directed her first short film “Silky Nightmare” an illustrated poem about vulnerability. A noteworthy aspect of Palmer’s work is her Brazilian roots, which infuse her films and writing with the tender vigor of the country’s cultural diversity. She aims to tell politically conscious narratives through emotional, dynamic storytelling that evokes empathy and consequently equality.

Diamond Abreu is a Latina filmmaker from the Lower East Side who is passionate about representing people of color. She is currently studying film and media at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Prior to college, she was a student at DCTV where she created her first experimental short, Bullet Dreams.

The film grabbed the attention of NBC and was later showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the Our City, My Story showcase. As a cinematographer, she is interested in utilizing bright colors and innovative camera techniques in her films. Her recent work, a short horror film titled Can You Hear Me? is being shown at several film festivals such as the Bowery Film Festival and Third Eye Film Festival. In the future, she aims to not only encourage diversity but to also be an inspiration for other women in the field.

Ingrid Nin is a driven, career-oriented, and passionate filmmaker. Currently in her junior year at The City College of New York, Ingrid strives for both academic and professional success. Through her time as an Editing Intern at New York Women in Film and Television and Third World Newsreel, and as an Associate Producer at the New York Hall of Science, Ingrid was able to both improve and add to her already long list of filmmaking-related skills. She has produced, directed, and edited three narrative short films, The Chase Chase (2017), Pécher (2017), and 7 Seconds (2018). Ingrid is planning to write and direct a fourth short (a psychological drama entitled Psychosis) that is currently in pre-production. She plans to one day become a narrative film and television producer, as well as the CEO of her own production company focusing on Latinx-themed content and distribution.

Portraits by Ana Catalá.


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