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Direction, Production, Writer
An award winning filmmaker born and bred in East Los Angeles and raised by her Indigenous (Yaqui/Apache) grandmother, who taught her cultural ways and practices. She is a 3rd Gen Chicana American.
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SILENT NOISE FILMS - Los Angeles, CA Jan. 2016 – May 2018
Producer – Producer on a feature film documentary currently in post production.

PERIOD 6 - Los Angeles, CA July 2014 – December 2014
Producer, Digital Content/Branding (Contract)

WHISPER, LLC./YOUR-VOICE.ORG - Venice, CA January 2014 – July 2014
Producer, Digital Content/Branding (Contract)

IMAGINEN AWARDS NOMINATION–Best On-Air Hispanic Scholarship Fund
La Femme BEST COMMERCIAL “Some Like It Light”
Latina Symposium – LATINA ENTREPRENEUR Award
Professional Latinos In Entertainment NEW MEDIA DIRECTOR’s Award
San Diego Women’s Film Festival AUDIENCE CHOICE 3:52
Slamdance Film Festival ANARCHY

Personal Details

Los Angeles


Work Details


Film Independent
Chicana Director's Initiative

Producer, Associate Producer, UPM
Writer, Writer’s Assistant

Shawna Baca is an award winning writer and director. Her first screenplay, Impersonal Impression, about a rape victim and her unusual hero, won the 2002 Slamdance Anarchy Competition. Shawna was selected by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett from more than 20,000 filmmakers to be part of his 2007 FOX reality show, ON THE LOT . She is the only Indigenous and Chicana filmmaker that made it to the top 30.
In 2008, Shawna received a “Mujeres Destacadas” award by La Opinion newspaper and the City of Los Angeles. She is currently in post production on a feature documentary she is producing “Laserium: Masters of Light,” and in development on an indie feature film she wrote and is slated to direct, “R Loves J.”