Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo is a Chilean-born filmmaker, teacher, and film curator currently based in the United States. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from The University of Iowa and a Master of Fine Arts in Film, Video, and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With ties to both the American Midwest and the central coast of Chile, Cornejo Sotelo’s work explores displacement, marginalization and belonging and is rooted in the experience of living in-between cultures. She uses a range of approaches and production methodologies—from the very personal and essayistic to the expansive and collaborative—to create films that move fluidly from the local to the global, and from the intimate to the openly political.
In 2012, Cornejo Sotelo embarked on the “Living Marginal Project,” a trilogy of films intended to function as a series of audiovisual meditations on belonging. In support of the first film in the trilogy, in 2014 Cornejo Sotelo received an Established Artist Grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. More recently, she received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board (2016), and a Jerome Foundation Film, Video, and Digital Media Grant (2017), in support of her current film, Ways of Being Home, the second film in her trilogy.
Cornejo Sotelo’s work has shown locally and abroad at venues such as MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, L’Alternativa (Spain), Arsenale (Berlin), InVideo (Italy), Melbourne Latin American Film Festival, Puerto Vallarta International Film Festival (Mexico), Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago (Chile), Cine las Américas, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Athens International Film Festival, Tucson Underground Film Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center, Miami International Film Festival, and Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. She currently teaches in the Cinema and Media Studies Department at Carleton College.