Paloma Martinez is a writer/producer focused on creating multidimensional, authentic, and inclusive film, TV, and streaming content. She believes content hugely shapes culture and she wants to make a positive impact through storytelling.
Mandalay Pictures is currently developing Becoming Bessie, a feature film Paloma wrote and will produce. Becoming Bessie was in the top 15% of the Nicholl Fellowship, and was a finalist in the Script Pipeline Screenwriting competition. Paloma is also producing a feature film by Latinx writer/director Gabriela Garcia Medina alongside Mandalay.
Paloma recently produced, directed, and co-wrote over 50 short-form documentaries centered around youth activism, veganism, and climate change for the "Million Dollar Vegan" campaign featured in over 400 news outlets. The series won two Silver Telly Awards.
Paloma previously collaborated for five years with filmmaker Diego Luna, most recently as a Development Executive. She was Creative Director of "The Journey," a Jarritos commercial directed by Diego Luna. It won the National AAF's Mosaic Award for Multicultural talent in advertising, among other awards.
In 2015, Paloma co-wrote and produced “Nana,” a Spanish language short film directed by Diego Luna that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Paloma has also created bilingual content for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, AT&T, and Honda.
Paloma’s Spanish language short film Adán premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The film earned her both the Audience Award and Jury Award in the Diversity at Cannes Showcase. It also screened at the San Diego Latino Film Festival and won best short film at the Highland Park Film Festival '14 in Los Angeles.
Paloma’s other short-form work has played at other various film festivals including, LA Short Fest, New York International Latino Film Festival, Athens International Festival, and the USC First Look Festival.
Paloma received her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts (TV/Film Production).
Before she moved to Los Angeles, Paloma received degrees in both Visual Arts and Media/Film & Communications from the University of California, San Diego. Shortly after graduating she began to write, direct, and produce short films and online advertisements, in places as diverse as San Diego, South Africa, Peru, Honduras, and Mexico.
Paloma lives, writes, produces, hikes, meditates, sometimes sleeps, and reads most of the time in Los Angeles, CA.