Past Recipients Student Testimonials  

Tatiana Lamela-Rabell is currently an MFA candidate in Film at Columbia University. Her inclination for the arts started with literature and music during her high school years in Puerto Rico, where back then a career in filmmaking seemed to be absurdly out of reach. During her college years she pursued a BS in Engineering from Cornell University where she specialized in Electronics, which she thought would be the wisest career choice taking into account her love for math. But her need for art would come back to haunt her as soon as she graduated. Finding film to be the perfect combination of all the arts she loved most, she spent a year working on her graduate film school application and portfolio, making her first film in Cornell with no clue what she was doing but learning that she would forever love this magical craft.

She started her film writing, directing and producing studies at Columbia five years ago and it changed her life. She is now preparing to graduate with her thesis film Holy Water and she hopes to continue to make films for a long time to come as well as teach the craft to talented aspiring young filmmakers. She also hopes to contribute to the growing Puerto Rican film industry in any way that she can.

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