CCNY MFA Film student Sisa Quispe Wins NY Women in Film scholarship

The City College of New York MFA student in Film, Cinema, and Video Studies Sisa Quispe was awarded a 2023 New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) scholarship.
She was one of seven film, television, and media production students at New York area schools as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to nurturing the next generation of women in media.
The other awardees were Brooklyn College Film Production undergraduate student Mahalia Jackson; Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema MFA Directing candidate Sarah Rhye; Hunter College MFA candidate in Integrated Media Arts Yehui Zhao; New York University MFA Directing candidate Claire Barnett; and Stony Brook University MFA candidate in Directing and Screenwriting Liza Renzulli. The NYWIFT Sabrina Wright-Gilliar Award was awarded to Academy for Careers in Television & Film (TvF) student Alexandra Nelson.
In addition to receiving cash scholarships, students become members of NYWIF Next Wave program for emerging professionals. 

Quispe is an Indigenous Quechua-Aymara (South American Indigenous people). She is a writer, director, producer, and host, who seeks to inspire the preservation of native ways while sharing a decolonizing message through her work. Sisa hopes to bring more representation of Indigenous perspectives to the screen and hopes to continue cultivating a path for indigenous youth to also develop their own voices.
She wrote, produced, and directed “Urpi: Her Last Wish,” which was filmed in the Sacred Valley of the Incas with the collaboration of Indigenous Quechua communities in front of and behind the camera.
Quispe’s popular TEDx talk, “Re-thinking Who We Are Through a Decolonizing Lens,” shares her own decolonization journey. As host of the Instagram series “Native Voices,” Quispe interviewed Indigenous people from throughout Abya Yala/Turtle Island. She also produced “Vive el Quechua (Living Quechua),” an episodic YouTube series preserving and sharing her Indigenous language and culture.
“NYWIFT’s mission is to build a more inclusive, welcoming, and sustainable working environment, and we accomplish that in no small part by cultivating new opportunities for networking and raising up the next generation of women industry leaders,” NYWIFT CEO Cynthia Lopez. 


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Thea Klapwald