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Myra Aquino

Myra Aquino is a writer-director who grew up in Guam and the Philippines, and she’s a recent graduate of the UCLA MFA Directing program. Most recently, she was selected to participate in the 2022 Humanitas New Voices Fellowship and the 2021 Women in Film x Black List Feature Residency for her feature screenplay LAMB, she workshopped her TV pilot PUBLIC HEALTH as a 2022 Alfred P. Sloan Athena Writers Lab Fellow, and her thesis film BEAUTY QUEEN won the 2022 Jack Larson Southern California Filmmaker Award from KCET Fine Cut and Best Short Film from the 2021 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. Her award-winning short films have gone on to screen at multiple Academy-qualifying film festivals worldwide, and secured distribution deals from Shudder and Dust. Myra has also received an MD and Masters in Public Health from the University of Miami. With her eclectic background, Myra is passionate about exploring the impacts of multiculturalism and globalization on Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and other underrepresented communities.