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Donna Bonilla Wheeler is a Peruvian-American film and theatre writer/director. 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 a 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/mystery feature, DEATH OF A SALESWOMAN received multiple grants, winning Best Family Film, Best Women's Film, Best Director, Best Micro Budget feature, Audience Favorite, and other awards at US, Canadian and EU festivals.
As a screenwriter, her feature length and short screenplays have been selected as Academy Nicholl Fellowship semi finalist and quarter finalists, IFP No Borders, Austin 2nd Rounder, and Slamdance Script Labs.
She specializes in 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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