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Award-winning Ecuadorian-American Cinematographer based in California with a love for astrophotography, the culinary arts, and bold visual storytelling.
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ASC Vision Mentorship - Mentee 2023-2024
Women in Film Cinematography Fellow 2023-2024
Altitude Awards Semi-Finalist 2023
Altitude Awards Semi-Finalist 2022

Personal Details


Los Angeles
San Francisco
New York

United States, Ecuador
English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese

Work Details

Member, Non-member

International Collective of Female⁺ Cinematographers (ICF⁺C)
Chicana Directors Initiative
Women in Media
Women in Film
IATSE Local 600 Eligible

Cinematographer, Drone Operator

Hailing from Wichita, Kansas by the way of Quito, Ecuador, Emilia Mendieta Córdova is an Ecuadorian-American Cinematographer with a passion for bold visual storytelling. She is a graduate of Vassar College and has an MFA in cinematography from the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory. Emilia is a two-time Women in Media Altitude Awards for excellence in camera and lighting semi-finalist for 2022 and 2023 and was selected for the 2023-2024 ASC Vision Mentorship Program. She was also selected to be a Cinematography Fellow as part of the Inaugural Women in Film Fellowships in 2023.

Emilia has lensed award-winning films that have screened at the LA Shorts, LAIFF, Portland Film Festival, Golden State Film Festival, Cannes World Film Festival, Cinequest, and the CineGear Film Series. Among her notable collaborations include Mark S. Allen’s feature directing debut AMY’S F-IT LIST and over 15 award-winning music video collaborations with Charley Young. Emilia also produced, directed, and shot a short-form food show and PROMAX-nominated promos for ABC10 (KXTV).

Emilia has also worked as an educator - teaching cinematography or guest lecturing at the AFI Conservatory, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Universidad de las Américas, University of New Orleans and California State University Northridge. She previously worked at the AFI Conservatory where she helped run the 35mm Visual Essay Program and the Cinematography Intensive for Women Program.

While Emilia works primarily as a Cinematographer, she is a member of the Ecuador-based El Viaje Films Collective and is currently one of the hosts of The ICF⁺C’s Podcast.

Emilia is multilingual (English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese), a classically-trained cellist, amateur Astrophotographer, culinary arts enthusiast, and a massive Star Wars fan. She is also a Part 107 FAA Certified Drone pilot.

Emilia is a member of the ICF⁺C (International Collective of Female⁺ Cinematographers), the Chicana Directors Initiative, Women in Film, Women In Media, and NALIP. You can also find her on Free The Work.

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