Sylvia Ray is an award-winning Chicana/Korean-American director who focuses on telling stories about characters that awkwardly overcome feelings of unworthiness. She was born and raised in Barstow, CA, and found her love for storytelling through her parents who watched Star Trek and bootleg Korean dramas in separate rooms.
Her film PREGGERS, which is about a witch that comically curses an unsupportive boyfriend, won Best Comedy Short at the Arizona International Film Festival and screened at The Academy through the LatinX InFocus program at New Filmmakers LA. She was selected for HBO's Tomorrow's Filmmaker's Today program and As a result, her film LEN(N)Y, a story about a girl who is grieving her dead hamster while getting phone calls from her overbearing mother, was streamed to audiences on Pantaya and DISH! Latino. Her film A PERIOD PIECE is about a girl who puts in a tampon for the first time while her best friend coaches her through it screened at festivals like Pheonix International Film Festival and Lonely Seal Film Festival awarded her with Best Female Filmmaker and a $10,000 post-grant.
She works as a freelance director, editor, and producer and has worked closely with clients like Red Bull, IGN, Disney, Pixar, Facebook Oculus, Sony, and more. Her work pops with fun and feminine energy with underlying themes of empowerment, and processing grief. Sylvia has recently been a semi-finalist in the CDDP Commercial Directing program, Issa Rae's Project Greenlight, and McDonald's Spotlight Dorado Short Film contest.
She is based in Los Angeles and pulls inspiration from her desert-town upbringing, travels abroad, her fashion background, and motherhood. As someone who has found comfort and pride in her mixed roots, she is motivated to forge a path that her ancestors only dreamed of while making a positive impact in representation in front of and behind the camera.
INFOCUS: LatinX and Hispanic Cinema Fellow
New Filmmakers Los Angeles and The Academy
Audience Award - Preggers
Arizona International Film Festival 2022
Best Picture, Best Comedy - Preggers
SISFA Awards 2022
HBO's Tomorrow's Filmmakers Today Fellow
Sylvia was a 2019 fellow and a 2020 fellow during their Alumni Edition and had her work featured on Pantaya and Dish! Latino
Best Female Filmmaker - My Human Experience
New York Independent Cinema
Best Science Fiction Film - In Limbo
Summer in the South Film Festival 2020
Best Female Director - A Period Piece
Lonely Seal Film Festival 2019 awarded her $10,000 in post audio credit which she used for her short film Preggers.