Emilia Mendieta Córdova
Cinematographer / Director of Photography
Hailing from Wichita, Kansas by the way of Quito, Ecuador, Emilia Mendieta Córdova is an Ecuadorian-American Cinematographer with a passion for bold visual storytelling. She has a B.A. from Vassar College and an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory. Emilia has shot numerous award-winning films including the Afro-futuristic sci-fi short CODE_SWITCH and three feature films: TO THE NEW GIRL, HOTEL REFINEMENT, and Mark S. Allen’s upcoming directorial debut AMY’S F**CK-IT LIST. On the commercial side, she has shot over 10 award-winning music video collaborations with Charley Young, and has produced, directed, and shot promos and a short-form food show for ABC10 (KXTV). Emilia was a Professor teaching cinematography and audiovisual production at the department of TV and Digital Media Production at USFQ (Universidad San Francisco de Quito), and UDLA (Universidad de las Américas). She also previously worked as the Cinematography Coordinator at the AFI Conservatory where she helped run the 35mm Visual Essay Program and the Cinematography Intensive for Women Program. Emilia has taught workshops as a guest lecturer at the University of New Orleans and the AFI Conservatory. While Emilia works primarily as a Cinematographer, she has also recently worked as a Director + Cinematographer in music videos, promos, and short films and is a member of the Ecuador-based El Viaje Films Collective. Emilia is multilingual (English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese), a classically-trained cellist, amateur Astrophotographer, culinary arts enthusiast, and a massive Star Wars fan. She is also a Part 107 FAA Certified Drone pilot. Emilia is a member of the ICFC (International Collective of Female Cinematographers), the Chicana Directors Initiative, and SPORAS Collective. You can also find her on Free The Work.