Kristal Sotomayor

Filmmaker

Kristal Sotomayor is a bilingual documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and editor. Currently, she is the communications and outreach coordinator for Scribe Video Center and a programmer with the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. She is also a festival programming pre-screener for the Philadelphia Film Festival and Camden International Film Festival in Maine. Sotomayor is currently working on her first bilingual independent short documentary about the historic end to police database sharing organized by the Latinx immigrant community and Juntos in Philadelphia.

Sotomayor’s Bryn Mawr College thesis short film To My Motherland, about her experiences being a first generation Latina, has been screened at film festivals across the United States and Europe. In the past, she has interned with the award-winning PBS documentary film series POV and on the feature documentary Little Sallie Walker directed by Marta Effinger-Crichlow.

Most recently, Sotomayor has been the recipient of the Film Scholar Fellowship from Scribe Video Center, co-sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. In the past, she has received the HCAH Flaherty Seminar Student Fellowship from Haverford College and the NextDoc Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship from Youth FX and The Carey Institute. Additional awards include the Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellowship and Film Studies Program Fellowship from Bryn Mawr College.