Chilean-Canadian filmmaker Cecilia Araneda came to Canada as a child as a refugee with her family after they escaped the Pinochet military regime. She grew up in northern Manitoba and currently lives in Winnipeg.
Araneda is fluent in English and Spanish, with functional fluency in French.
She holds a BFA hons in Theatre (playwriting major) from York University and an MFA in Creative Writing (screenplay writing thesis) from UBC. Araneda is additionally a three-time alumna of the Film Farm.
Araneda has completed 14 short films, which have screened at film festivals, artist run centres and art museums around the world, and which have been recognized with various awards and distinctions.
Among the festivals that have presented her work, include Visions du Réel, Ann Arbor, Jihlava IDFF, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Images and Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.
Retrospective screenings of her work have been presented by the Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa, 2010), LIFT (Toronto, 2017), the Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, 2018), and the Festival Internacional Corporalidad Expandida (Buenos Aires, 2018).
Araneda has been the recipient of a number of awards and recognitions.
In 2011, she was recognized by the Province of Manitoba as a woman media artist working for social change. In 2017, she served as the inaugural recipient of LIFT’s Roberto Ariganello Residency Award. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Manitoba Film Hothouse Award, supporting an established Manitoba filmmaker.
Most recently in 2018, Araneda was awarded 3rd place in the Premio Norberto Griffa a la Creación Audiovisual Latinoamericana, a biannual prize that recognizes exceptional experimental film and video from across Latin America, for her film The Space Shuttle Challenger.
The Space Shuttle Challenger was also recently awarded the Best Short prize at This Human World: International Human Rights Film Festival in Austria.
In 2018, Araneda was also selected as a participant of the OSM MFM Pilot Feature Film Accelerator Program, through which she polished the script for her feature film in development, Intersection.
Since 1996, Araneda has received numerous personal grants and funds for filmmaking, film development, writing and curatorial work, including from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Film and Music, the National Film Board of Canada, MTS TV and the Winnipeg Arts Council.
Araneda is currently in development with three projects: an experimental documentary, Threshold; a narrative feature film, Intersection; and a short documentary, Unarchive.
Antero Lindblad has been an invisible fixture in the Winnipeg arts scene for more than 25 years, turning a love of the arts into an unorthodox career putting up posters. The quiet guy on the street, everyone knows him and yet nobody seems to know him.
Through found footage, The Space Shuttle Challenger entwines the Challenger disaster, Guantanamo Bay, Chile’s coup d’état and the experience of being 16. It reflects on the personal impact of large events in world history and small moments of hope that survive.
With intricate hand-printed 16 mm footage, Before is a dark ode to the possibility and impossibility of love. It reflects on time, inner worlds and soft landings we find in desolate moments in life.
A music video for Cumbia 42 by Norte Tropical (Jim Hiscott and Rodrigo Muñoz).
Lush hand-crafted film footage and HD images combine to reveal a mysterious past through remnants of a memory that is almost remembered, but which never fully develops.
Memory : Recollected is a three-projector 16 mm film performance that examines the process of how we recollect memories, in fragments and in layers. The footage utilized for this performance has all been hand processed, with some also hand printed and hand coloured.
What Comes Between is an examination of personal memory and loss rooted in the filmmaker’s birth place – Chile – and her departure from that country long ago. The work is a collage film created with found footage from personal and historic sources, and original hand printed and tinted footage.
The transient connection of two, leaves a lingering memory on one. “Imprint” is a hand-crafted film, with many sections processed, coloured and contact-printed by hand.
Threshold is a process-based long form experimental documentary film currently in development with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and LIFT: Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Threshold narrates the process of belonging to a family of multigenerational refugees; of being in a state of flight and landing; and of belonging to no place and all places at the same time. It examines the nature of leaving (things and pieces of yourself) and finding (a new place with a foreign history); the role of the passing of spoken memories; the learning of whispered secrets about new places of landing; and ultimately on the identity-forming and subtraction mechanisms of remembering and forgetting.