Lorena Durán

2023 Princess Grace Award
Nominated by: Latino Film Institute
John H. Johnson Film Honor


Lorena Durán is a Dominican-American director and cinematographer. Her films have been official selections for International Rotterdam Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest, Atlanta Film Festival, and New Orleans Film Festival. She has been selected for the Academy’s inaugural Film Accelerator Program, LALIFF x Netflix Inclusion Fellowship and Film Independent Project Involve Fellowship. Lorena received an MFA in Film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, with a concentration in cinematography. Her collaborations have been awarded at Sundance and screened at Tribeca, Miami, and Edinburgh Film Festivals. She is the recipient of the 2019 ARRI Volker Bahnemann Award for Outstanding Cinematography. Prior to moving to the United States, she worked in different roles within the production department in the Dominican Republic while shooting and directing short documentaries.