Michelle Salcedo, named Best New Filmmaker of the Year in 2020 by New Filmmakers LA, is an award winning writer/director with over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry. Michelle strives for authenticity, drawing from her Latinx experience and achieves a nuanced representation of the Latin American diaspora in her storytelling. Her filmmaking style is highly cinematic, influenced by auteurs like Kieslowski and Iñarritu. Born in Miami, of Cuban and Ecuadorian descent, she moved to New York to attend Columbia University and graduated with a B.A. in Film Studies. She worked at Miramax Films producing theatrical trailers for over 30 films including Academy Award winner, “Chicago” and “Gangs of New York”. She’s edited over fifty episodes of non-fiction T.V. for networks: Bravo, TLC, VH1, MTV and Univision.
Michelle wrote, directed, and produced, “Piel Canela (Cinnamon Skin)" about a woman who returns to Cuba in search of her daughter and unravels a secret that has haunted her ever since she left twenty years before. Shot on location in Cuba, “Piel Canela“ started its festival run in 2019, so far winning seven jury prizes including “Best Produced” at the Academy-qualifying Holly Shorts film festival, “Best Cinematography” at Imagine This Women’s film festival, “Best Short of the Year - Drama” (NFMLA) and “Best Short of Fest” at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival. She wrote and directed the feature, "Woman of the House", a micro-budget dramedy about a woman enjoying her midlife crisis despite her judgmental friends. Shot on location in Rhode Island, “Woman of the House” will be entering its festival run in 2021. Michelle is drawn to female-centric stories with unapologetically strong leading women. By creating compelling, character-driven work in TV and Film, Michelle hopes to empower future generations of filmmakers to express their unique visions. Michelle resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.