Samantha Aldana is a director & writer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Samantha has been drawn to tell stories containing magic, lore and otherworldliness since she was a child — she started putting her stories on screen around 12-years-old. Her work is heavily influenced by the storytelling traditions of her multicultural upbringing in the American South and the Caribbean.
She is currently in post production of her first feature film titled Shapeless. The film has recently been selected as a 2020 fellow of the IFP narrative filmmaker lab.
Samantha is an alum of the NBC/Universal Diversity TV Director Program and had the opportunity to shadow director Salli Richardson-Whitfield on an episode of SYFY's, The Magicians, as well as an episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
She is the recipient of the "Belize Film Commissioner’s Emerging Storyteller Feature Film Award" for her feature film in development,
Little Lying Wild. This film was also selected to participate in the Tribeca Film Institute Network and the Emerging Voices Program at the New Orleans Film Fest.
Her short film The Melancholy Man screened at Comic Con—premiered as a top pick on The Film Shortage—and was awarded "Best Narrative Film" in the Audience Awards Women's Film Challenge. She received the “Best Director” Award for her short film These Wild Things at the NYC Damn! Film Series and the “Jury Award for Best LA Short Film” at the New Orleans Film Festival. Her short Si was featured on PBS and was awarded “Best Short Film” and “Best Cinematography” at the International KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Her film Porcelain won the “Jury Award” at the Boston Independent Film Festival.
Samantha holds a BA in Film Directing from Columbia College Chicago and is a member of WIFT and NALIP. She enjoys illustrating and writing children's books on the sidelines of filmmaking.