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Donna Bonilla Wheeler is a Peruvian-American film and theatre writer/director based in Los Angeles, working globally. Her professional directing work began with Walt Disney Productions and scripted narrative projects for their Theme Parks.
Her feature and short screenplays have earned industry accolades, including Academy Nicholl Fellowship semi finalist/quarter finalists, IFP No Borders, Austin 2nd Rounder, and Slamdance Script Labs. Her directorial debut short, MIND’S EYE won best experimental film at Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, and sold to German TV at Cannes film market.
She directed the family comedy feature, DEATH OF A SALESWOMAN receiving several production + post production grants. It received best family film, Canadian International Film Festival and Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, and best women's film, Virgin Spring Cinefest, as well as best director, micro budget feature, audience favorite, and indie feature film awards at multiple US, Canadian and EU festivals. Donna develops WOC/Latina-influenced television series, feature projects and short content, and has shorts on the global festival circuit.
She also has a background in post production at companies that include Polygram/Disney, A&E Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel and PBS. She's a sponsored 501c3 media artist working in Latinx and women's spaces.
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