Barbara Cigarroa is a Mexican-American filmmaker from South Texas. She holds an MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University and a BA in English from Yale. Cigarroa’s screenplay, El Otro Lado (The Other Side), was a featured project at IFP's 2018 No Borders Co-Production Market, and was selected for the 2019 Sundance Institute Directors & Screenwriters Lab, as well as the 2019 Hamptons Screenwriters Lab. Cigarroa was also the recipient of the Sundance Latinx Fellowship. Her short film Dios Nunca Muere had its world premiere at the 2018 New York Film Festival, where she was invited to be a member of the 2018 NYFF Artist Academy. Dios Nunca Muere went on to screen at dozens of film festivals, including IFF Boston where it won the Grand Jury Prize. Her previous short Marta Rosa was also an official selection at dozens of film festivals, including Palm Springs, where it won Panavision’s Best North American Short under 15 minutes.