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Maya Albanese is an award-winning, trilingual director and screenwriter known for emotional storytelling that jumpstarts social dialogue. Her original screenplays have been finalists in multiple Screencraft and Los Angeles Screenplay Awards competitions, and her films have screened and won awards at festivals worldwide. In 2019, she wrote and directed the dark comedy, FREEZE, starring Chris Parnell, Adrian Grenier, Nora Zehetner, Kel Mitchell, Mindy Sterling and Rick Overton, which took home “Best Short” and “Best Actress” at its North American Premiere at SeriesFest 2020 and "Best Comedy" at Brooklyn Women's Film Festival Imagine This. Its World Premiere was the internationally competitive Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase at the 73rd Cannes Film Festival. Maya has directed a variety of documentary films and commercials on four continents in English, Spanish, and French, including BIGGER THAN US (2020), BLIND DATE (2016), and CUBA'S VIOLIN (2015). In 2018, the Directors Guild of America awarded her the inaugural Commercial Directors Diversity Program fellowship. Her commercial, "History," was named "Best New Work of 2018" by Shoot Magazine, and she received their "Badge of Honor for Rising Filmmaker." Maya has directed commercials for major brands including Warner Brothers, Google, Nike, Chevrolet, VISA, etc, which has been featured across AdWeek, AdAge, etc.
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