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Donna Bonilla Wheeler is a Peruvian-American film and theatre writer, director, and producer. Her film career began with scripted directing work for Walt Disney Productions. Her directorial debut short film, MIND’S EYE won Best Experimental at Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, and sold to German TV at Cannes film market. Donna mentored under indie producers Kim Dawson, Forrest Murray and Carol Lees, and shadowed under directors Jen McGowan and Emily Dell.
Her family comedy feature, DEATH OF A SALESWOMAN was awarded Best Family Film, Best Women's Film, Best Director, Best Micro Budget feature, Audience Favorite, and other awards at North American & EU festivals.
She was selected into AWD's Career Advancement Program as both an Industry Support Fellow, and AWD Directing Shadow, as Outfest Directing Shadow. Her diversity screenplays have been selected to Academy Nicholl Fellowship semi finalists and quarter finalists.
Donna focuses on writing & directing diversity and LatinX television/streaming series, feature projects and short content. In addition, Donna has a background in documentary production and post, working for directors Stanley Nelson, Lisa Leeman, Michèle Ohayon, and Nick Broomfield. Her post production management and supervision work includes companies Polygram/Disney, A&E, History Channel, Paramount, Discovery, PBS. Donna is a sponsored 501c3 film artist.
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