Andrea “Andy” Villanueva was born in Mexico in 1996. When she was 6 years old she moved to Toronto, Canada, where she currently lives and studies.

She is a director and screenwriter, as well as an activist. In Miss Villanueva Films, Andy has directed several short films and documentaries, and she has participated in diverse cinematographic projects. In 2017, Andy received the Horizon Award, at Sundance Festival, and is going to participate in the Short Film Corner at Cannes 2017. In 2016, her short film “She’s Bad” was semi-finalist at the Horizon Award.

Additionally, she is co-founder of Project Slut, an organization that successfully dismantled Central Technical School´s dress code. For her work championing human rights and promoting issues that impact positively on young women, Andy received the Status of Women Award in 2014. Currently, she continues advocating on this cause and promoting women’s rights.

Her play “Voodoo Kingdom” was part of the Paprika Festival 2014. Andy has also participated in theatre intensive programs at Tarragon Theatre and Amy Project, as both an actor and playwright.

“Wait for Me” is a short stop-motion animation film about a young Mexican teenager who tells her dad she’s pregnant. The story centers around the conversation that followed and touches on themes of unconditional love and abortion. This film is told as a personal memoir for other young women who are facing hostility when it comes to reproductive rights.

Grant Winning Project: Wait For Me (2016)