Stefani Saintonge
received the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Discovery Award for her short film, Seventh Grade, a coming-of-age story about adolescent girls tackling sex. Her documentary short, La Tierra de los Adioses, won Best Latin American Short Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto. Her work focuses on immigration, women, youth and community. She is a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Film and Video grant and works as a teaching artist and adjunct professor in NYC. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University.