Cecilia Araneda


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.


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Key Contacts

Cecilia Araneda

Filmmaker cecilia@ceciliaaraneda.ca


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