BIOGRAPHY

Shawna Baca is an award winning writer and director. Her first screenplay, Impersonal Impression, about a rape victim and her unusual hero, won the 2002 Slamdance Anarchy Competition. Her 2003 directorial debut, Rose's Garden, followed garnering Best Film and Best Actress (Tippi Hedren) at the LATV Short Film Festival, Audience Choice Award at Frontier Airlines Cloud 9 Festival and Cinema du Festival de Paris. Shawna wrote and directed "3:52," about a young woman’s quest to face her inner demons and stars America Ferrera. The film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2006 San Diego Women’s Film Festival, BEST OF NALIP 2006, and a 2007 Tabloid Witch Award.

Shawna was selected by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett from more than 20,000 filmmakers to be part of his 2007 FOX reality show, ON THE LOT on the basis of her short film "Isabel." She is the only Indigenous and Chicana filmmaker that made it to the top 30. "Isabel" went on to win Best Screenplay at the 2007 BHLIFE Festival, Best Film (Jury) at the 2008 Corti Di Donne Film Festival (Italy), and an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Santa Fe Metaphysical Film Festival. 

In 2008, Shawna received a “Mujeres Destacadas” award by La Opinion newspaper and the City of Los Angeles. She was also honored at the 2008 Latina Symposium (Washington D.C.) with an award and recognition for being a “Latina Entrepreneur,” and given a scholarship to the prestigious Tuck School of Business Executive Education Program at Dartmouth University by Latina Style magazine. 

In 2009, she was selected to participate in Film Independent’s: Project Involve in the Director’s track, as well as the 2010 ABC/Disney IMPACT Workshop in the Director’s track. She has also participated in other prestigious studio based programs: the Fox Diversity Writer’s Initiative, CBS Director’s Initiative, Producer’s Guild Diversity Workshop (Episodic Track), and has directing for the Writer’s Guild and NBC diversity showcases. 

Shawna has been creating New Media content for corporate clients since 2009. She is currently in post production on a feature documentary she is producing “Laserium: Masters of Light,” and in development on an indie feature film, “R Loves J.”