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Jessica Mendez Siqueiros

Jessica Mendez Siqueiros is a Mexican-American writer/director & actress seeking to normalize complex & authentic narratives about the Southwest Mexican-American community through film.  Her filmmaking style is highly cinematic and composed, described by Remezcla as "reclaiming a vision of storytelling often only associated with white creators".

Jessica had a wildly successful campaign on Seed&Spark for her debut short film Pozole, and went on to be awarded the 100 Days of Optimism Grant through the company's partnership with WeTransfer. The award included a $25k grant, and over $250k worth of marketing. The film is an official selection of SIFF, Indy Shorts, Hamptons, Nashville, LALIFF and over 50 film festivals to date. Pozole took home the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short Film (Comedy) at Cinequest, qualifying for the 2020 Academy Awards. Selected as a director mentee in the AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program, she is currently directing her next short film under the guidance of Lena Waithe.

She is an Alumni of LAByrinth Theatre Company’s Ensemble Workshop, and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, The Alliance of Women Directors, Women in Film, and the Chicana Directors Initiative. She is also a participant in Women in Film’s inaugural INSIGHT program seeking to support women of color in Hollywood. Jessica is managed by Bash Naran and Lauren Dineley at Writ Large.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, October 19

3:00pm PDT