Iliana Sosa

The image is a portrait of filmmaker Iliana Sosa. She is a Mexican-American woman, and she's sitting in the portrait. She has long dark hair and is wearing silver jewelry and a brown dress as she smiles warmly to the camera.
Photo credit Hakeem Adewumi

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Iliana Sosa is a documentary and narrative fiction filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. A former Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, she was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, by Mexican immigrant parents. Iliana’s documentary short “An Uncertain Future,” co-directed with Chelsea Hernandez and co-produced by Firelight Media and Field of Vision, premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, where it won a Jury Award for Best Texas Short. She co-produced the Emmy-nominated feature documentary Building the American Dream (SXSW 2019) and was field producer for the Emmy-nominated POV documentary series And She Could Be Next. Iliana has been a Firelight Media Impact Producer Fellow, Sundance Institute Development Fellow, Women at Sundance Adobe Fellow, and Berlinale Talents participant. Her work has been supported by JustFilms/Ford Foundation, Field of Vision, Austin Film Society, and WarnerMedia 150, among others, and Iliana has participated in the True/False Catapult Rough Cut Retreat, the Gotham Documentary Lab, the Jacob Burns Film Center Residency, and the Logan Nonfiction Program with What We Leave Behind, her first documentary feature. Iliana was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2020 and one of DOC NYC’s “40 Under 40” in 2021. She holds an MFA in film production and directing from UCLA and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at University of Texas-Austin.

Selected Works

  • Lo que dejamos atrás (What We Leave Behind)
  • An Uncertain Future
  • Detained in the Desert

Screenings featuring this Filmmaker