Verner Maldonado is a first-generation Director/Producer with roots grounded from Los Angeles to Miami and a soul from Guatemala. His recently achieved accords such as the Grand Prize for his short film Swim along with Best Directing and Best Cinematography. Swim showcased at NALIP’s 20th Kick off at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Prior to that, it was Audience Choice and Best College Short for his previous film The Father. Additionally, he's had honorable mentions and concept acquisitions with commercial companies such as PlayStation, Best Buy, and Haagen-Dazs. Maldonado worked as an Insert Director for Michael Bay's hit television series The Last Ship and The Fix produced by Marcia Clark. Verner is also a Directing Mentee under the 2018 Ryan Murphy Half Foundation Directing Mentorship. His next project is a feature film currently in development.