Iliana Sosa is a writer/director based in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas along the U.S.-Mexico Border to Mexican immigrant parents. Her work addresses socially relevant and cultural issues that affect marginalized communities in challenging and refreshing ways. A former Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, she holds a MFA in film production and directing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and TV. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Steven Bochco Fellowship, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship and the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts Scholarship, among others. Her thesis film, Child of the Desert, starred 2011 Independent Spirit Award winner for Best Supporting Female, Dale Dickey, for her role in Winter’s Bone. Child of the Desert won Best Short Film and the Texas Award at the 2012 Oscar qualifying USA Film Festival. She is currently a 2013 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow and was selected for the 2013 TransAtlantic Film Talent Lab in Reykjavik, Iceland. Iliana was also selected to be one of four screenwriters to participate in the 2014 Sundance sponsored Latino Screenwriting Project with a feature in development, Paper Birds Learn to Fly.