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Cynthia Cazanas Garin

Visitng Assistant Professor

Cynthia Cazanas Garin is an award-winning filmmaker from Cuba with over seven years of experience in directing, cinematography, editing, and digital animation for live TV shows, short films, documentaries, and commercials. She is one of the founders of Ajar Film Productions, a production company based in Colorado.

Her filmmaking content is informed by personal and social issues such as immigration, racism, identity, and professional fulfillment. Her documentary Natural Selection (2016) won the Havana Ludwig Foundation Grant and was a semifinalist at the Los Angeles CineFest. This piece raised public awareness about animal abuse and contributed to the first animal-welfare law in Cuba.

Ms. Cazanas was the Director of Photography for the animated short film La Huida (The Runaway), combining puppet animation, shadow theatre technique, and 2D animation. Ms. Cazanas and the director were among four animators selected by the British Council to participate at the Animae Caribe Film Festival in Trinidad and Tobago. She attended animation and visual effects workshops facilitated by famed animators and producers Bruce Smith, Neil Riley, and Ceylan Shevket Jawara.

La Huida has received numerous awards and has been screened at Seattle Latino Film Festival in Washington, Festival de Cinéma d’Animation de Pontarlier in France, and Anima Latina Animation Film Festival in Buenos Aires.

Film noir The Implausible (2021)--Ms Cazanas' most recent project--is currently being submitted to film festivals.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Emerson College Boston, Mass.
MFA; Film and Media Arts

University of Arts Havana, Cuba
BFA; Film, Radio and Television


• 2020 - Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative Scholarship for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers 2020 Media Summit.

• 2018 - Prestigious Emerson College Fellowship for the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Art Program and Emerson Community Scholarship.

• 2018-2020 - La Huida. Official Selection at Seattle Latino Film Festival in Washington; Official Selection at Festival de Cinéma d’Animation de Pontarlier in France; Best Animation, Best Original Score and Collateral Prize at Muestra Joven ICAIC film festival in Havana; Grand Prize at University of Arts' Festival Imago in Havana; Official Selection at IV Anima Latina Animation Film Festival in Buenos Aires, and Official Selection at International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, Havana.

• 2016 - Natural Selection. Official Selection and Semifinalist at the Los Angeles CineFest; Ludwig Foundation Grant in Havana; Official Selection at the Animal Rights Film Festival in Bogotá; Official Selection at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris; Official Selection at the America’s Rainbow Film Festival in New York, and Official Selection at the Indie Wise Free Virtual Festival.