Joie Estrella Horwitz

2021 Princess Grace Award
Nominated by: California Institute of the Arts
John H. Johnson Film Honor


Joie Estrella Horwitz is a filmmaker, producer, and curator based in Los Angeles. Filmmaker Magazine named her one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2020. Her work has screened at the Brooklyn Film Festival, UnionDocs, Le Cinéma Club, REDCAT, Visions du Reel, ICDOCS, Flaherty Seminar, and Tacoma Film Festival, where she received Honorable Mention for Best Short Documentary for her film Alejandro & Miguel. She was awarded fellowships to the Sundance Institute’s Creative Producing Lab, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and the Logan Nonfiction program. Her current film, Tender Crossings, is a ghost story about notions of home of the US/Mexico border and was awarded the Allan Sekula Social Documentary Fund, Alison Doerner Fund for Women Pioneers in Filmmaking, and the Tim Disney Prize for Excellence in the Storytelling Arts. She is a co-founder of Bahía Colectiva, a community of filmmakers who collaborate in cinematic practice and curation, and she is producing the feature film Todo lo Sólido, which received the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program development grant.