marIa Alvarez



Maria Alvarez is a 21-year-old internationally recognized Cuban-Dutch filmmaker. She is currently

studying Film & Television Production at the University of Southern California, and will graduate

in the spring of 2019. Her films have screened at dozens of festivals such as the Los Angeles

Film Festival and Cleveland International Film Festival, won awards from institutions such as

Google, and screened in museums like MoMA. Her most recent short film, “Backpedals”,

screened at the 2018 Festival de Cannes in the Court Métrage and was a finalist in the

2018 Horizon Awards, an all-female Sundance sponsored fellowship. She has interned for

production companies ranging from Paramount Pictures to Village Roadshow Pictures.

She spent 2017 working as a Producer’s Assistant on the newly released independent

feature, “The Kindergarten Teacher”, which premiered and won the Directing Award

at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. She just worked as a Director’s Assistant to

Benedict Andrews on “Against All Enemies”, starring Kristen Stewart and shot by

Rachel Morrison. She is currently in the festival circuit with her senior thesis film,

“Party of Two”. She will be graduating from USC this May.