📽️ Portuguese international multi-award-winning filmmaker and director Patricia Vidal Delgado discusses how she got her University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Production feature thesis film, “La leyenda negra,” into the Sundance Film Festival, how she strategized once she was in the festival, and how she got her film distributed through HBO Max after her movie screened at Sundance.
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About Patricia Vidal Delgado 🎬
Patricia Vidal Delgado was born in the culturally robust metropolis of Lisbon, Portugal. In addition to her graduate studies at UCLA, in the United Kingdom, Delgado previously studied Fine Art Media at the Central St. Martins University of the Arts and the Slade School of Fine, University in London. Through video, sound, and performance, her artistic practice explores the intimate and the feminine has been featured internationally in art galleries and festivals in London, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, Marrakesh, Luanda, Zürich, Stuttgart, and Budapest.
Patricia’s first feature film, “La Leyenda negra,” which premiered in 2020 Sundance Film festival, was also a Top 20 Finalist for the Roy W. Dean Grant and was awarded the Frameline Completion Fund in February of 2020, after which HBO Max acquired the streaming rights for the film. In addition, “La Leyenda negra” was nominated for the Film Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. The GLAAD Media Awards also nominated the film for Outstanding TV Movie.
“La Leyenda negra,” written and directed by Delgado, tells the story of a soon-to-be undocumented teenager who fights for her right to stay in America while risking her family, friendships, and first love.
As a filmmaker, Delgado has accumulated 23 wins and 75 nominations for her work. Patricia was awarded a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship. In addition, she is also a Sundance Institute Film Two Fellow, a cohort member of the MTV First Time Directors Initiative, and currently represented by Randy Kiyan of Luber Roklin Entertainment.