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Josefina Valenzuela Cerda

Transmedia Writer & Story Developer

As a Storyteller...

I am a transmedia writer with a focus on
female-driven stories and speculative genres.
I am a content creator, world-builder, and educator.

Artistic Statement

I seek to portray the voice of female anti-heroines who have been lost in the margins and color them in worlds of awe. Characters who dwell in fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, and historical realms, in dramas or dramedies. I am fascinated with trying different platforms to better serve the story that needs to be told; I have explored TV, Film, Virtual Reality, Theatre, Prose, Graphic Novels, etc.

"I dream into reality". I am not afraid to look into the darkness to see the light. I combine the escapism and strange wonders of fantasy, with the horrors of the social constructs that limit us and awaken our fears. 

 

I seek to make a positive impact through collaborative creations, using new technologies to our advantage, and involving people in a hopeful revolution. 

Professional Trajectory

I have always been an avid learner, I became a flight attendant to be exposed to different people and cultures, I worked in the far corners of Patagonia, and have lived in 3 different countries. I inquire about the latest scientific findings and I ask questions, many questions. And I became a writer because it allowed me to dive deep into research and wear many hats.

 

My academic trajectory has been focused on understanding the audiovisual medium through different perspectives. My undergraduate studies were about cinema theory and directing, having the eyes and mind of an author. My graduate and other studies were about learning how to tell the stories that wanted to burst out of my chest and how to use traditional and new media to do so. 

My professional trajectory began as an assistant director for advertising, where I learned to have thick skin, how to work in a fast-paced environment, and how to communicate within hierarchies. Even though, I have always been organized and have had attention to detail, working as an AD showed me to use my attributes efficiently. Then I focused on screenwriting, learning as an assistant about the social importance of telenovelas and how to spin a story for a particular medium and target audience. Later on, I joined Demente Contenido Production Company -the first that worked with HBO when international programming was just starting- and I quickly climbed up from Assistant to Coordinator to Development Executive. I developed from scratch a diverse array of ideas for film, TV, and the web; monitored their development; sought funding; and even produced prototypes.

 

My experience at the Production Company led me to a job adapting an ABC show for the Chilean Audience as head writer. Parallelly, I never stopped developing other projects as a screenwriter, some saw the light and were nominated for awards, while others didn't. But I saw my pages come alive on the screen and it was beautiful! This realization, together with my passion for new technologies and academic trajectory, helped me to dive into directing, producing, and writing my first narrative experience for virtual reality which is available at the Oculus Go Store today. 

EDUCATION...

  • MFA in Writing for Screen + Stage. Northwestern University. 

  • BA in Social Communication and Audiovisual Directing. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. 

  • EAP Film and Media. University of California Santa Barbara. 

  • Screenwriter's Workshops at Mega and Canal 13 Television Networks. 

AWARDS...

  • Writer/Producer/Editor: "The Mirror". Short film for VR. City of Seattle SMART Grant 2022 and Women in Film Seattle Professional Grant 2023.

  • Writer/Director/Producer/Editor: "The Circle". VR Narrative Experience. Official Selection at Sci-Fi & Fantasy: Genre Lab And Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival 2020- Presented by Lift-Off Global Network

  • Screenwriter: “Terra Incognita”. TV Pilot. Winner of Kevroy Screenwriting Prize. 2018. USA.

  • Playwright: “Beneath the Andes”. Short Play. Selected by Chicago Dramatists. 2018. USA.

  • Playwright: “Witch Trials”. Full-Length Play. Selected at Idle Muse Theatre Company’s Athena Festival 2017. USA.

  • Screenwriter: “Come Sano Chile”. Docu-reality. Nominated for Effie Awards, Brand Experience & Engagement. 2015.

  • Consultant: "Extraordinarios”. TV Series. Winner of Chilean Public Fund CORFO TV 2015.

  • Development Coordinator: "Heroina". Historical mini-series. Winner of Chilean Public Fund CORFO TV 2014.

  • Development Coordinator: “Spider Thieves”. Feature Film. Winner of two Chilean National Grants: CORFO 2014 and Audiovisual Fund CNCA 2014.

  • DP, Co-Director, Co-Writer: “Steam View”. Short film. Official Selection at Memphis International Film Festival 2009, SANFIC 2008, and Valdivia International Film Festival 2008.

Professional info and resume at

  • LinkedIn
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Produced Work

Below is a sample of productions I have worked as:

  • Screenwriter (S) or Screenwriter's Assistant (SA).

  • Director, Producer and Editor for Virtual Reality. 

  • Development Executive (DE) and/or Grant Applications Coordinator (GAC). 

  • Director (D), Director of Photography (DP), Sound Designer (SD), Screenwriter (S) and 2D/3D Animator (A) for Student Films in Chile and USA.

  • Assistant Director (AD) for Television ads for major brands in International markets. 

Virtual Reality Short Films

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A young dancer prepares for the most important audition of her life, but instead finds a reflection that awakens an ancient ritual. 

THE MIRROR is a multidisciplinary horror-drama narrative experience for Virtual Reality with original choreography and music, in the realms of "Suspiria" and "The Witch". 

Writer/Producer/Editor

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In a future dystopia,  five women meet in secret to perform the ritual of The Eleusinian Mysteries, hoping to save the life of a creature they have never seen before.

THE CIRCLE is a near-futuristic ritualistic narrative experience for Virtual Reality, in the veins of "Code 46", "What happened to Monday"and "Practical Magic".

Writer/Director/Producer/

Song Writer/Editor

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Sci-Fi  Fantasy Gen
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Los Angeles Lift-Of

Feature Films and TV Series

(GAC) SPIDER THIEVES. 2017
Feature Film. 
Three low-class teenagers decide to climb and rob residential buildings to, maybe, have a different and better life.
(DE) INES. 2015
TV Drama Series. Co-Prod. Chile-Spain.
1500's. In a world of "conquistadores" and propriety, a young woman begins a journey to the wildlands of South America seeking the man she loves.

Branded Content Webseries

(DE-S) SUELTA EL RAMO. 2014 
Branded Content Webseries-11 Episodes
A wedding blogger now has to prove her own advice and plan her own wedding. 
(S) PYME. 2014
Branded Content Webseries-Pilot (project) 
Two friends begin their own business not knowing what they are getting into. 

Television Ads

(AD) Fortum Ad. 2009
Ad by Tantor Films and Bacon Productions 
(AD) Unimarc Supermarket Ad. 2009
Ad by MCMcine Productions. 
(AD) Tucapel rice Ad. 2009
Ad by MCMcine Productions and ProlamYoung &R.

Student Work

(DP) MIRADA A VAPOR. 2008
(Student Film PUC )
Documentary Short Film. 
A scientist and a train fanatic finds himself disconnected from his family.
*Official Selection at multiple festivals.
(D) TERAPIA DE GRUPO. 2009.
(Student Project PUC)
Sitcom Pilot
An undercover journalist joins a group therapy where they make their afflictions worse while trying to help each other.
(S-AD) IT'S MY ART. 2016
(Student Film NU)
Comedy Short Film. 
A misunderstood clown trying to find a place for his art.
(S) WORDS CRACKLE. 2008
(Student Film PUC)
Stopmotion poem Short Film. 
A little ant with an impossible love.
(D-S-A) PANSPERMIA. 2017
(Student Project NU)
3D Animation.
A little ball of ice and rock wakes up alone in space... It is a small story with big consquences.
(D-S-A) RAINMAKER. 2017
(Student Project NU)
2D Animation. 
A little orphan elephant sets on a journey to find what will help her to be part of her herd.

"I am always searching for innovative ways to tell stories and produce immersive experiences. I am fascinated with new and interactive media and all its unimagined possibilities. And I am eager to get other people excited."

COLLECTIVE MEMORY. 2017
(Student Project NU)
Unity&Twine game.

Three players collect the history of a broken world.
NOT ALL THAT IS GOOD GLITTERS. 2017
(Student Project NU)
Virtual Reality Animation, hand-drawn with Tilt Brush.
About what we see and what really is, our passions and our ambissions. 
STAY ALIVE. 2017
(Student Project NU)
Twine Game. 

A survival simulator. Can you stay alive?
LAST DROP. 2017
(Student Project NU)
VR Experience. 

Instructions: Use VR headsets and click on the green objects to explore dimensions.
(Android Mobile preferred)

Scripts

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Waybrel

Waybrel is a Disney Princess-kind of girl, sheltered in a magical yet weird world until she realizes that she is the monster of her nightmares. Repulsed by her dual form, she will do whatever is necessary to stop the killings. As she struggles to find the light in the darkness of an origin she can't remember, she falls at the center of “The Nehtu Sisterhood”, an obscure movement that is old as time and has its own agenda.

WAYBREL is a dark fantasy series for print and screen that deals with the aftermath of abuse and trauma.  

Feature Film & Graphic Novel

Waybrel

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WITCH TRIALS

Two young women are brought together by strange circumstances in a Psychiatric Hospital. Locked inside their prison-bedroom, they will try to find a way to escape, while the boundaries between time and space, fantasy and reality fade away to reveal the truth about themselves, and maybe grant them the power they so desperately need.

WITCH TRIALS is a coming-of-age fantasy drama in the form of an immersive play for theatre and an experience for Virtual Reality that deals with how we learn to be ourselves in a society filled with contradictions.

Witch Trials

Immersive Theatre Play & VR

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Half-Hour Dramedy

CrossCheck

Based on true events. An awkward Latina becomes a flight attendant to find purpose in her life, and maybe her mother, but soon realizes that Flyhigh Airlines is not a place of glamorous superheroes, but a petty and claustrophobic world populated by lonely-sleep-deprived-high-cabin-pressure-affected people who are trying to belong just like her before they die.

A workplace dramedy like "Superstore" with a touch of supernatural fantasy like "Dead Like Me".

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Feature Film 

What Happened to Robyn?

Eleven-year-old Sam embarks on a poignant mission to unravel the mystery surrounding the sudden change of her best friend's older sister, Robyn. With the support of unexpected allies among the community's outcasts, Sam and Andy navigate the challenges of growing up and the complexities of feeling different. In this heartwarming tale, Sam discovers that reaching out ensures we are never truly alone.

A heartfelt coming of age drama like "Stand by me" and "Booksmart".

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One-Hour Drama

Terra Incognita

1850. In the untamed forests of South America, two young women, an Indigenous and a European settler, collide when their supernatural powers begin to manifest, only to realize that they need each other to survive the forces that threaten to destroy their world.

A period drama surrounded by western themes, mythological fantasy and earthen superpowers like "Vikings", "Luna Nera", "Outlander", "Godless" and "The Nevers".

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Short Story & Short Play

Beneath the Andes

1450 Peru. The Incan Empire. A young girl faces the last dawn of her life at the peak of the highest mountain where two priests ready for her sacrifce to the gods. But can she forgive and forget the people who lead her there and accept her role? 

Performed at Chicago Dramatists.

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One-Hour Dramedy

#NotAFairy

When Tansy turns 30, she declares herself a #wasteofspace until she discovers she is one of the very real and bitter “Fairy Folk”. But she is not welcome and proving that she belongs might lead to the destruction of this magical yet dystopian world.

A dark fantasy dramedy about the chosen one... who will destroy the world. Merges an anti-heroine like “Fleabag”, with the fantasy revisionism of “Disenchantment”, the rhetoric of female empowerment of “Glow” and the uncanny darkness of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”.

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Short Play

Tail of Tales

A musical parody fairy-tale about an orphan Latina who gets to marry the King, but what kind of happily ever after is she looking for?

Book, melody and lyrics by Josefina. Performed at Northwestern University's Festival of New Work.

CONTACT

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