MONICA AND DAVID marks Ali Codina’s directorial debut. Ali spent the past four years at the Miami International Film Festival as Programmer and Outreach Manager, working closely with Festival director, Nicole Guillemet. Codina developed and ran the Festival’s outreach program, created off-season programming, and located new talent for the Festival program, particularly from Latin America. Her film experience began
seven years ago in independent production in New York. She has served as a story consultant for several independent film projects. Codina is also involved with fundraising and advocacy for non-profits, including the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade and Coconut Grove Cares. She began working with Down syndrome adults 12 years ago at a social program for disabled adults with her cousin Monica.