Cecilia Araneda CV


  • MFA in Creative Writing, Screenplay writing thesis (Hart Hanson), UBC – 1993
  • BFA (honours) in Theatre, Playwriting major, York University – 1991
  • Selected to attend Phil Hoffman’s Film Farm – 2008, 2010, 2015


  • CMHR Creation Lab for Digital Media, On Screen Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada), 2018
  • International Media Art Curatorial Residency, FICWALLMAPU (Temuco, Chile), 2017
  • International Jury Member, FICWALLMAPU (Temuco, Chile), 2017
  • Manitoba Film Hothouse Award, Province of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada), 2017
  • Roberto Ariganello Award, LIFT: Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto  (Toronto, Canada), 2017
  • International Jury Member, Festival International Signes de Nuit (Paris, France), 2015
  • Nominated: Premio Norberto Griffa a la Creación Audiovisual Latinoamericana (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2014 – Presque Vu
  • Women in the Arts: Artists Working for Social Change (Media Arts Category), Province of Manitoba, 2011 – recognition for career
  • VTape Award for Best Video Art, Alucine Latin Media Arts Festival (Toronto), 2010 – What Comes Between
  • Nominated: Best Experimental Documentary, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic), 2010 – What Comes Between
  • Best Drama, San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, 2007 – Halley’s Comet
  • Best Drama Short, Manitoba Blizzard Awards, 2003 – Unwoven
  • Best Independent Documentary, Canadian International Annual Film Festival, 1999 – Chile: A History in Exile



  • Cumbia 42 – Music Video, Norte Tropical (Jim Hiscott and Rodrigo Muñoz), 4:35 mins, 16 mm / HD, 2014


• Cine Memoria: Las peliculas de Cecilia Araneda
, Proyecto Corporalidad Expandida (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Sept 2018
Inner Worlds and Soft Landings: The Films of Cecilia Araneda, Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, Canada), Feb 2018

In Reflection: the Films of Cecilia Araneda, presented by LIFT: Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto at PIX Film Gallery (Toronto, Canada), July 2017

Memory Work: the Films of Cecilia Araneda
, curated by Scott Birdwise, Canadian Film Institute, Café Ex (Ottawa, Canada), April 2010


2018 | Before – Traverse Vidéo; Arizona Underground Film Festival | The Space Shuttle ChallengerAthens International Film + Video Festival

2017 |BeforeAnn Arbor Film Festival; Athens International Film and Video Festival; Alucine Latin Media Arts Festival; Revelation Perth International Film Festival; MARFICI: Festival internacional de cine independiente de Mar de Plata | The Space Shuttle ChallengerImages Festival; Vancouver Latin American Film Festival; Antimatter; Curtocircuito ; Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival | The Poster Guy – Gimme Some Truth Documentary Film Festival

2016 | Chile: A History in Exile; What Comes Between – FICWALLMAPU | Memory – Alucine Latin Media Arts Festival

2015 | Presque Vu – Bienal de artes mediales; Currents: Santa Fe International New Media Festival | What Comes Between – Festival Signes de Nuit; Festival du Nouveau Cinema

2014 | Presque Vu – Vancouver Latin American Film Festival | What Comes Between – Bienal de la imagen en movimiento; Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

2013 | Presque Vu – Dawson City International Short Film Festival; Alucine Latin Media Arts Festival; Semana de cine experimental de Madrid; Festival internacional de videoarte; Festival Signes de Nuit; Antimatter, Festival du Nouveau Cinema

2010 | What Comes BetweenVisions du Réel; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Images Festival; Chicago Latino Film Festival; Festival internacional de derechos humanos; Documenta Madrid; International Short Film Festival Hamburg; Festival internacional de cine de Huesca; Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival; L’Alternativa: Barcelona Independent Film Festival; Alucine Latin Media Arts Festival; Festival Cine // B; Vizii: International Visual Culture Festival  | Imprint – Experiments in Cinema v.5.1 | In Reflection – the 8fest

2009 | What Comes BetweenAntimatter; Festival du Cinéma International en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

2008 | Imprint – Short Cuts Cologne; Edges Showcase of Contemporary Media Art; Oblò Film Festival; Festival cinematográfico del Uruguay; Dawson City International Film Festival

2007 | Imprint – Festival des Cinémas Differents; Festival chileno internacional de cortometraje; Festival de Cinéma International en Abitibi Teminsamingue; St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival; Festival du Nouveau Cinéma |In Reflection – Festival internacional de video y cine experimental Vallecas: Puertas del cine

2006 | Halley’s Comet – San Francisco Women’s Film Festival; Female Eye Film Festival, Festival cinematográfico del Uruguay; DC Independent Film Festival | MemoryNSI-Canada FilmExchange; Festival cinematográfico del Uruguay

2005 | Memory – Gimli Film Festival

2004 | Amnesia – International Short Film Festival in Drama | Memory – $100 Film Festival

2003 | AmnesiaFestival internacional de cine independiente de Ourense; Gimli Film Festival | Memory – Semana de cine experimental de Madrid; Reel Island Film Festival; send + receive | Chile: A History in Exile – One World Film Festival

2002 | Unwoven – Festival chileno internacional del cortometraje; Gimli Film Festival; Victorial Film Festival; NSI-Canada FilmExchange

1999 | Chile: A History in Exile – Festival del cortometraje de Santiago; San Antonio Cine Fest; Chicago Latino Film Festival; Festival del nuevo cine latinoamericano


• Film Farm: A Pact with the Process, curated by Phil Hoffman, presented by VISIONS Montreal at La Lumière (Montreal, Canada) – Before

• Mujer Artista: Speaking in Tongues,
aceartinc (Winnipeg, Canada)The Space Shuttle Challenger 
• A Sense of Belonging, curated by Caroline Monnet, part of the #EyesOnVU series on VUCAVU.COM (Toronto, Canada) – Presque Vu 
• BIM: Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento – VER touring program at the Museo de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo (Santa Fe, Argentina) – Presque Vu

• Festival Signes de Nuit International
Tour to Mostra Joven ICAIC (Havana, Cuba), Sleepwalker Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), Rencontres du film court (Antananarivo, Madagascar), Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema (Pesaro, Italy) – Presque Vu
• On the Fort
projection loop, curted by Heidi Phillips, Festival du Voyageur (Winnipeg, Canada) – Presque Vu

• My Precious Novella, curated by Mireille Bourgeois, Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton, NB) – What Comes Between

• Melodies en Mercredi, curated by Michael Petkau Falk, West End Cultural Centre (Winnipeg, MB) – Memory: Recollected, What Comes Between, Imprint, In Reflection, Halley’s Comet, Memory, Unwoven
• Winnipeg to Saskatoon
, curated by Solomon Nagler, National Arts Centre: Prairie Scene (Ottawa, ON) – What Comes Between
• My Precious Novella
, curated by Mireille Bourgeois, SAW Video (Ottawa, ON) – What Comes Between
• again + again
, curated by Tom Kohut, PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts (Winnipeg, MB) – What Comes Between
• New Prairie Cinema: WNDX Collective
, curated by Double Negative Collective, Cinémathèque québécoise (Montreal, QC) – What Comes Between

• On IAIR microCinema: Reconstruction, curated by Mary Magsmen, Artpace / Aurora Picture Show (Austin, USA) – What Comes Between
• EYE AM: Another Experiment by Women
, curated by Lili White, at the Film Anthology Archives (New York City, USA) – What Comes Between
• No Ficciones IV: Latinoamérica
, curated by Cecilia Barriga, at MUSAC: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (Leon, Spain) – What Comes Between
How to (not) Forget: New Filmmakers and the Narration of Pinochet’s Dictatorship, curated by FranceDoc, at the University of Warwick (Coventry, UK) – What Comes Between
• iFPOD 2010, curated by Pablo de Ocampo, Images Festival year-long online series (Toronto, Canada) – Memory

Winnipeg DIY, curated by Mike Maryniuk, Shutter2Think (Terrace, Canada) – Imprint

• Prairie Dreaming, curated by Solomon Nagler, AFCOOP (Halifax, Canada) – Imprint
Optical Allusions, Cineworks (Vancouver, Canada) – Imprint
Centred Screenings, Island Media Arts Co-op (Charlottetown, Canada) – Imprint

Alone on the Landscapes of Forever: New Experiments in Prairie First Person Cinema, curated by Solomon Nagler, Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, Canada), 2006 – Memory

Manitoba Mania, curated by Solomon Nagler, The Blinding Light (Vancouver, Canada) – Memory
Fortress of Film, Ladyfest Halifax (Halifax, Canada) – Memory
Shadowy Encounters: Rites of Passage in Film & Video, Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, Canada) – Memory

Three Stories from Haunted Lands, curated by Dave Barber, Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, Canada)  Chile: A History in Exile

• Videoteca del Sur (New York City, USA)  Chile: A History in Exile


• Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon (Léon, Spain), 2010 – What Comes Between

• Proyecto Adrienne – a gift from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson to the National Library of Chile in 2003, collecting works made by Chileans in Exile in Canada, Santiago (Chile) – Chile: A History in Exile


  • Diasporic sights: Place, Memory and Decay, by Dan Browne, presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Toronto), March 17, 2018
  • Curtocircuito 2017: Ver Donde Nadie Ve, by Tita Barreiro, A Cuarta Parede (Spain), Oct 18, 2017
  • Filmmaker’s work informed by personal history – Cinematic Chile, by Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg), Sept 29, 2012, p J16
  • Palimpsest, Figuration, Non Spectant: A Response to the Video Program again+again, by Tom Kohut, in Palimpsest, PLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts (Winnipeg), 2012, pp 213-235
  • Lo que separa: Cecilia Araneda, by Cecilia Barriga, for No Ficciones IV: Latinoamérica at MUSAC: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (Spain), 2010
  • Shorts by female filmmakers include contemplation, animation, by Alison Gillmor, Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg), Nov 18, 2006, p C10
  • Films document Chile’s Sept 11 Suffering, by Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg), Sept 5, 2001, p D7
  • Close look at another Sept 11, by Alison Gillmor, Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg), Sept 6, 2001, p C10
  • Screen Play, by Dinah Clarkson, Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg), Aug 21, 2001, p D9
  • Chilean community not willing to forget brutal Pinochet rule, by Maureen Littlejohn, Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg), Dec 4, 1998, p D10



  • The Ocean: A Novel. FriesenPress, 2012 (248 pages)
  • Place: 13 essays, 13 filmmakers, 1 city. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Film Group, 2009 (136 pages) – Editor
  • Scar Tissue (short story), Treeline literary e-zine, winter 1998
  • The Day: Vanishing (short story), Zygote literary magazine, fall 1996
  • In Reflection (poem), Zygote literary magazine, fall 1995


  • Founder and Member, Mujer Artista (Winnipeg) – 2014/current
  • Executive Director, VUCAVU (Toronto) – 2017/2018
  • Vice President, Independent Media Arts Alliance (Ottawa) – 2015/2017
  • Treasurer, Elmwood Community Resource Centre (Winnipeg) – 2014/2017
  • Peer Assessor, Canada Council for the Arts – 2009, 2013, 2017
  • Executive Director, Winnipeg Film Group / Winnipeg Cinematheque – 2006/2017
  • President and Board member, Artspace (Winnipeg) – 2006/2015
  • Co-Founder and President, WNDX Curatorial Collective / WNDX Festival of Moving Image (Winnipeg) – 2005/2014
  • Festival Producer, Gimme Some Truth Documentary Festival (Winnipeg) – 2008/2011
  • Peer Assessor, Winnipeg Arts Council – 2007