PATRICIA CARDOSO attempted to make her first film when she was eight. Due to the lack of technology in her household the film was made with a small cardboard box, two toothpicks, and a long rolled paper with drawings. It was a humorous documentary about fat cows and skinny cows. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Patricia came to the USA as a Fulbright scholar. Her UCLA student film, THE WATER CARRIER
, screened over fifty international film festivals and won over twenty awards including a Student Academy Award and two Directors Guild of America Awards.
Patricia worked for the Sundance Institute for five years first as an intern, eventually becoming director of Sundance's Latin American program. Ms. Cardoso has developed feature projects with Universal, Disney, Ciby 2000 and Open City Films. She is an active member of the Directors Guild of America and its Independent Director's Committee. She has taught film directing at UCLA Extension and at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.
Ms. Cardoso directed the HBO feature REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES
, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and gave America Ferrera her first role. The film earned America and Lupe Ontiveros a Special Jury Award for acting at Sundance, and became the first HBO film to be released theatrically. Her films have shown at festivals including Toronto, London, Sundance, Telluride and New Films/New Directors at MOMA. She has received more than fifty awards, including a National Board of Review, Excellence in Filmmaking, an Smithsonian Institute Recognition Award, a UCLA Filmmaker Of The Year Honor, the Youth Prize from the San Sebastian Film Festival, a California Governor's Commendation and the Hubert Bals Fund from the Rotterdam Film Festival among others.