Amaya Luz Aranda
Amaya Luz Aranda (a 2nd generation Mexican-American from Alhambra, California) currently studies film at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where she has produced, directed, and written over 20 shorts. At a young age, she found her niche as a writer and storyteller, entering the filmmaking world as a screenwriter and world-builder. Certainly, each film that she creates, ranging from dramatic comedies to experimental animations, encases a small piece of her personality. While recently, disappointed with the lack of diversity in the film industry, she aims to further explore Mexican culture in her upcoming films. Indeed, she actively advocates for diversity in film, integrating women and people of color into all of her content, while providing film mentorship to young Latinos in her surrounding community.