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about Lia


Lia Chapman is an actress, director, screenwriter, and producer born in the Dominican Republic, raised in New York, and living in Spain.

After more than a decade working as an actress in movies, theater, and television, she directs her debut film "Broken Angels". The cast includes Loles León, Cuca Escribano, and herself.

"Broken Angels" achieved outstanding international recognition, taking part in more than 20 festivals. Among its awards: Best Original Drama (Houston International Film Festival), Best Actress (Festival de Cine Social de Castilla-La Mancha), Excellence in Directing Award (Hispanic International Film Festival of New Jersey), Best Short Film (Cayenne Film Festival), and Special Mention (Festival de cine Luz & Movimiento, and Best Short Competition).

After earning a BA in Sociología from Fordham University in New York, she graduated from the directing certificate program at UCLA, Los Ángeles, California, with her thesis and second short film, "In My Mother's Arms". In this film, she works with the renowned actors Joaquim de Almeida (Queen of the South, Clear and Present Danger), Julie Carmen (Gloria, The Milagro Beanfield War, África), y René Victor (Weeds, Coco).

“In My Mother's Arms” has on the official selection in more than 32 festivales. Among its awards: Second Best Picture (Dominican Film Festival), Best Narrative Short Film From Caribe (Muestra Internacional de Cortometraje Solidario y Sensibilización, de Castilla-La Mancha), Best Actress (Polla In Corto - Corti A Sud, y Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Pilas en Corto), y Best Drama (Best Mini Film (15') On Moviescreenpro Film Festival).

2019 Producer, director, screenwriter  Last Walk – documentary short film

Official selection such as:

Navarra Internacional Film Festival

Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Paraná in Argentina

Festival de Cine Global (12+1) de Rep. Dom (2020)

2019 Camera assistant – dir. Anna Mitjà – Cuándo – short film

2019 Production supervisor – dir. Alicia Marina - Adrian - short film

2017 Producer, director, screenwriter  –  In MY Mother’s Arms – short film

2015 Producer, director, screenwriter –  Ángeles Rotos” – short film

2015 Producer, director, screenwriter –  Separation – short film

2014 Producer, director, screenwriter –  I Don’t See Me – short film

2014 Producer, director, screenwriter –  Lovers – short film

2012 Producer, director, screenwriter –  Sex & Sensuality – short film

2012 Producer, director, screenwriter –  Public Character – short film

2011 Producer, director, screenwriter –  Forever is too long – short film

2009 Producer - collaboration with Mis 3 Hermanas Productions – feature film

4,3,2… Uno, by Mercedes Farriols – Criacine, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2008 Producer - screenwriter – dir. Kamala Lopez – That Kiss – short film

Official selection in more than 18 festivals, such as:

HBO's New York International Latino Film Festival

San Diego Internacional Latino Film Festival.

Best Short Film Award. ‘SEÑORITA CINEMA’ 2013. Huston, Texas

Audience Award. BHLIFE Film Festival ‘2012. LA, California.

2006 Producer – collaboration with Mis 3 Hermanas Productions – dir. Mercedes Farriols – Olga, Victoria, Olga – Criacine, Buenos Aires, Argentina – feature film

Official Selection in more than 20 festivals, such as:

Best Film. Israel International Film Festival

Part of her training includes:

2018/2019 Screenwriting for documentary cinema. Factoria del guión. Chema Rodriguez

2019 Workshop for directors. Estudios Melitón, Navarra. Asghar Farhadi

2015/17 Screenwriting program at UCLA, USA.

2014/16 Director's certificate - Universidad de UCLA (graduated with honors).

2010/16 Acting training with Catlin Adams. Acting Lab, LA, CA.

2012/13 Several workshops for actors-directors with Judith Weston, LA, CA

2007 How to write your first draft, with screenwriter and director Ray Loriga, Madrid.

2006  ‘Dramatic writing’ with screenwriter Ignacio del Moral – Asociación de Escritores de Teatro de España. She writes her first show theatre play “Llagas”, for whic a dramatized reading is staged.

2003  ‘Scene analysis - text analysis for actors’  with Larry Moss.USA

2002/03 Actoral training with Milton Katzelas. Beverly Hills Playhouse.

2000/01 Writers Bootcamp with Jeff Gordon, L.A., where she starts writing her first script “Porque te quiero”.

1993/94 ‘Análisis de texto’ - several workshops with Augusto Fernández

1990/94 Acting training with Juan Carlos Corazza, Madrid.

Due to her work, she currently spends her time in New York, Los Angeles y Dominican Repblic, although she is permanently based in Madrid.

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