Cristina Kotz Cornejo

Cristina Kotz Cornejo
Cristina Kotz Cornejo
Occupation Screenwriter, director, producer
Years active 1999 - present

Cristina Kotz Cornejo is an Argentine-American director and screenwriter who resides in Boston, MA and Buenos Aires, Argentina.



Kotz Cornejo is graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program and the University of Southern California's undergraduate program in International Relations. She studied directing under Spike Lee, Nancy Savoca, Sara Driver and French filmmaker Pascal Aubier while at NYU Film School. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University Los Angeles.

In 2007 she premiered her first feature film, 3 Américas, which she wrote, directed and produced at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival.[1] The script was in the official script competition of the 25th Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana, Cuba under the title, Soledad. The script was developed at the National Association of Latino Independent Producer's 2004 Latino Writer's Lab, the Independent Feature Project (IFP)New York Director's Lab and participated in the 2004 Sundance Institute's Independent Producer's Conference. It also was awarded 2004 and 2007 Moving Image Fund Grants from the LEF Foundation. 3 Américas is distributed by Vanguard Cinema and Cinetic Rights Management.

Cristina Kotz Cornejo has made several short films. Despertar/Awaken, her most recent short, is currently playing the festival circuit. The War That Never Was (La Guerra Que No Fue), was the only Argentine short to be selected by the Seattle International Film Festival [2] in 2005 to screen in the Viva Argentina! Program. The War That Never Was has screened at over 25 festivals and venues in over 11 countries and is distributed by Ouat! Media of Toronto, Canada; Ernesto, which was commissioned by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and premiered at the 2000 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films is distributed online by Cinedulce; Ocean Waves, won the 2003 Award of Merit from the University Film and Video Association and her thesis film, The Appointment, which was made under the advisement of Spike Lee while a student at NYU, was awarded the Warner Bros. Pictures Production Award, the NYU Craft Award for Musical Score by her brother Andy Kotz (who also scored "Ernesto") and was picked up for distribution by Urban Entertainment after its premiere at NYU's First Run Film Festival; and Jewel and The Catch, a documentary on the life of gay rights activist Jewel Thais Williams, is a part of the UCLA Film Archives' Outfest Legacy Project Collection.

Cristina Kotz Cornejo is the granddaughter of Argentine guitarist/composer Agustin Cornejo who performed his compositions La Chinita and Un Bailongo with Carlos Gardel in the film El Tango en Broadway. Agustin Cornejo also appeared in Cuesta Abajo and "El Dia Que Me Quieras" where he became mentor to then 11 year-old Ástor Piazzolla and friends with his father Nonino Piazzolla. The Gardel films for Paramount Pictures were directed by French filmmaker, Louis J. Gasnier and John Reinhardt in the 1930s in New York City.

She is currently an Associate Professor of film production at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is the recipient of the 2007-08 Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award.



  • Despertar/Awaken (2011) (short)
  • The War That Never Was/La Guerra Que No Fue (2004) (short)
  • Ocean Waves (2003) (short)
  • Ernesto (2000) (short)
  • The Appointment (1999) (short)
  • Jewel and The Catch (1991) (short)


  • Despertar/Awaken (2011) (short)
  • The War That Never Was/La Guerra Que No Fue (2004) (short)
  • Ernesto (2000) (short)


  • Contributing Author: Filming Difference: Actors, Directors, Producers and Writers on Gender, Race and Sexuality in Film, University of Texas Press [3] (edited by Daniel Bernardi), May 2009


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