Valerie was born in Manila, Philippines and is an MFA Creative Producing candidate. She served in the US Air Force as a systems analyst, completed her MBA and worked in the financial industry prior to crossing over to film.
She has written, directed and produced several short films in the US and the Philippines. She was an intern for Tribeca Film Institute for the Alfred Sloan Foundation Fund and Greenbox Films for Marketing and Distribution.
She started her company Indieflip in 2012 with a vision to make films on underrepresented subjects and cross cultural themes. She has several projects currently in development.
Barbara Cigarroa grew up in Texas with a large multi-cultural family who has roots both in the United States and in Mexico. This bi-national upbringing inspired Barbara to tell stories and incites many of the themes, such as identity, that she likes to explore.
A graduate from Yale University, Barbara majored in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She focused on studying fiction, publishing short stories in literary magazines, before moving on to exploring filmmaking. After University, she moved to Austin, Texas where she expanded her knowledge of screenwriting and directing working with the Austin Film Society. Currently, she resides in New York and is pursuing her MFA in Screenwriting at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Dea Kulumbegashvili was born and raised in Georgia. Her upbringing in this historic melting pot of various cultures and nationalities is a primary influence in her vision as a filmmaker.
Currently, she lives in NYC working on her MFA degree in Film Directing at Columbia University School of the Arts. Her debut short film Invisible Spaces was nominated for Palme D’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2014. It was the first film in the history of independent Georgia to participate in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival.
Following to the premier at Cannes International Film Festival, Invisible Spaces was screened on more than 30 film festivals around the world and was admitted with various awards. In December 2014, Invisible Spaces was part of the retrospective Discovering Georgian Cinema, in MoMA.
Dea was also selected to participate in the 31st session of the Cannes Film Festivial – Cinéfondation residence. Her latest short film Lethe premiered at the Director’s Fortnight of the 69th Cannes International Film Festival in 2016.
Cinematographer Eun-ah Lee has emerged as a young talent in independent cinema, expressing the core emotion of every story through her atmospheric style and dazzling camera work.
She was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and educated at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in directing and cinematography.
She is known for her work on Blackbird, one of 305 films eligible for the Best Picture at 88th Oscar, 2016. Lee’s work has been featured in the media and in publications such as CNN News, The View, NBC News, The New York Times, Variety, NPR, Indiewire, and The Village Voice.
Delicia Kuang is a US-China based film producer with more than seven years of experience. She has financed and produced films across Europe, Asia and North America. Her works have been shown and received awards at film festivals worldwide, including Cannes Film Festival, LA Film Awards, European Independent Film Festival, Madrid International Film Festival, and Student Academic Awards.
Kuang is completing her MFA in Producing at Columbia University. Kuang received her BA in Media from University of Westminster, and her MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. She is a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship and a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) East Student Program. In addition, Kuang is also a Randle International Fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs.
Kuang had worked in Shanghai Film Group, China Film Archive. Kuang also set her feet in the commercial world. While worked at TBWA/HAKUHODO and Momentum Worldwide, Kuang produced TVC and promotional pieces for clients including Nissan and Nokia.
Kuang is currently developing her first feature thriller in China. This project was the winner of Creative Producing Pitch Competition at New York Lincoln Center.
Mickey Liu is an international writer-producer based in both China and the US. He is also a current student member of Producers Guild of America (PGA) East. In 2007, he produced, co-directed and co-wrote the TV movie School Break, a parody of Prison Break (FOX), the first made by a team of high school students in China. After working part-time as a graphic designer for First Film Festival in Beijing, he decided to study filmmaking.
In 2013, he moved to New York City, where he started his collaboration with international filmmakers. Liu independently produced a feature film Sail, the Summer Winds in Shenzhen, China, and is currently developing a feature-length documentary and several feature film projects. He also worked for Frida Torresblanco (Producer, PAN’S LABYRINTH) at Braven Films and studio executive Dede Nickerson(Associate Producer, KILL BILL) at Sony Pictures China in 2015.
Liu holds a BA from Beijing Foreign Studies University (International Business & English Literature), and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts. Born and raised in Shenzhen, he is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Mica Coburn, is a second year MFA Creative Producing candidate at Columbia University. Originally from California, Mica received her B.A. from the University of California in Irvine studying Film and Media.
Working toward a career as a television producer, Mica is incredibly excited by the opportunities to collaborate with a talented and diverse group of filmmakers at Columbia University. When not working on film projects, Mica enjoys photography, volunteering, and spending time exploring the city with friends.