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Enrica Perez is currently an MFA candidate in Film at Columbia University. A voracious reader, she developed an interest in theatre and drama since her high school years and later on pursued a career in Communications in the University of Lima, where she discovered her passion for filmmaking. As a college student she directed several short films, two of which won prizes for The Best Fiction of 1999 and The Best Aesthetic Presentation of 2000, in the Young Filmmakers Festival sponsored by the national NGO Calandria of Peru.

After graduating, Enrica worked as an Assistant Director in national TV series and films and later on she was hired to work in the French film Te Quiero and had the opportunity to assist Manuel Poirier, the award-winning director of the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. In 2003, Enrica moved to New York to start her graduate studies at Columbia University where she received the prestigious FMI Scholarship from the Film Division, a Directing Faculty Assistant Fellowship and a Teaching Assistantship with Professor Richard Peņa, Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. As an MFA film student she has directed four short films, one of which was recently accepted in Frameline 31, the San Francisco International LBGT Film Festival. Taxista, her thesis film is the recipient of a Development Award from the 2006 International Short Film Festival La Noche de los Cortos in Lima and was one of the seven Faculty Selects short films of the Columbia Film Festival of 2007 in New York, where she received The Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director. The film was also recently selected to participate in the Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival and Los Angeles International Short Film Festival of 2007.

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