Erika Bagnarello


ErikaBagnarello is the 2007 recipient of the “Opening Doors Grant” for Emerging Latina Filmmakers established by General Motors and the New York Women in Film and Television Association. Erika produced a documentary called the Orizuru Project. The film showed a voyage where 102 atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the Japanese Non-Profit Organization PEACE BOAT. Erika wrote, directed and produced a short fiction called The Hooker’s Son for which she was awarded a 10,000 USD grant to produce it, funded by the Ministry of Culture of Costa Rica, the short was a huge success, screening in festivals like the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, Icaro Film Festival in Guatemala and winning the Honorable Mention for Best Actor for elevenyear-old Josué Peña’s performance at the Costa Rican Film Festival. she has been working as a television commercial director with TRIO FILMS, a company that she co-founded, and is currently developing her first narrative feature film, January First. Erika obtained her MFA in Film Production at Florida State University

CITY/STATE:  Heredia, Costa Rica

Project : January First