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Paloma is a writer/producer with MFA in Film/TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She currently has her one-hour series and feature film script in development. Paloma also continues to collaborate with filmmaker Diego Luna as a creative development executive. In her final year at film school, Paloma went to work at CANANA - the Mexico City/Los Angeles based production company owned by Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal, and Pablo Cruz. During her time there she lent her talents on Cesar Chavez and Mr. Pig - two of Diego's feature films. She also supported the work done on various other productions such as The Chosen Ones and Paraíso. In 2014, she produced and co-wrote, Nana, a short film directed and co-written by Diego Luna, commissioned by the Sundance Institute & Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the Gates Short Film Challenge. The film played in a special showcase at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. She also wrote/directed a branded content piece for the Cesar Chavez Foundation that played for audiences in Phoenix, New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, alongside Diego Luna's, Cesar Chavez. Before working at CANANA, Paloma wrote and directed Adán, her USC thesis, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The film earned her both the Audience Award and Jury Award in the Diversity at Cannes Showcase. It also screened at the San Diego Latino Film Festival and won best short film at the 2014 Highland Park Film Festival in Los Angeles. Paloma's other short form work has played at other various film festivals including, LA Short Fest, New York International Latino Film Festival, Athens International Festival, and the USC First Look Festival. Before she moved to Los Angeles, Paloma received degrees in both Visual Arts and Media/Film & Communications from the University of California, San Diego. Shortly after graduating she began to write, direct, and produce short films and online advertisements, in places as diverse as San Diego, South Africa, Peru, Honduras, and Mexico. Paloma lives, writes, produces, hikes, meditates, sometimes sleeps, and reads most of the time in Los Angeles, CA.

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