Brenda Avila

Watsonville Film Fest / New Day Films
Participates in 1 Session
Brenda Ávila-Hanna is filmmaker and educator from Mexico City who has lived in the CA Central Coast for over a decade. Her work has been showcased at HotDocs, Lakino Berlin, PBS, Fusion Network and more. Brenda was part of the inaugural cohort of DOC NYC’s “Documentary Industry New Leaders” and a 2021 Rockwood/Just Films Fellow. She is a member-owner of the film distribution cooperative New Day Films, where she served in the Steering Committee as their first team lead for Equity & Representation from 2019-2021. Brenda is also an active member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, a co-director of the Video Consortium Mexico and has worked as a reviewer for film grants with multiple organizations including the IDA and BAVC. Brenda is a current Research Fellow at UCSC's Film & Digital Media Department, where she also received an MA in Social Documentation in 2013. She recently joined the Watsonville Film Festival team part-time as Artist Development lead for the festival’s Cine Se Puede filmmaking fellowship. Brenda is currently a producer for the ITVS supported film Emergent City. She is also in post-production of her first documentary feature, Libertad, about an indigenous, transgender woman from rural Mexico living in California and transforming communities on both sides of the border as a healthcare expert and advocate.

Sessions in which Brenda Avila participates

Thursday 1 October, 2020

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
4:30 PM
4:30 PM
  • Breakout: Brown Girls Doc Mafia
  • Signup required
  • Breakout Sessions - Breakout Session
  • 4:30 PM PDT - 6:00 PM PDT  | 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Breakout: Collectives
    ASL interpretation

Sessions in which Brenda Avila attends

Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
9:45 AM
9:45 AM
Maria Agui Carter
Keynote speaker
Iguana Films & Emerson C...
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
4:00 PM
4:00 PM

Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
10:45 AM
10:45 AM
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
  • Breakout: Latinx
  • Signup required
  • Breakout Sessions - Breakout Session
  • 12:00 PM PDT - 1:30 PM PDT  | 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Breakout: Collectives
    ASL interpretation
4:30 PM
4:30 PM

Thursday 1 October, 2020

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
1:30 PM
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:00 PM

Friday 2 October, 2020

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
11:00 AM
11:00 AM
Laverne Cox
Keynote speaker
Sam Feder
Keynote speaker

Saturday 3 October, 2020

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
5:00 PM
5:00 PM
  • Closing Night Screening: Through the Night
  • Signup required
  • 5:00 PM PDT - 6:45 PM PDT  | 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Performance
    ASL interpretation