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Rossana Díaz Costa was born in 1970, in Lima, Peru. She’s a scriptwriter, director and producer. She’s also a story writer, having published her first book in 2006, which has been published in a second edition in 2009. Her life is dedicated to both Literature and Cinematography.

She has a BA in Linguistics and Literature, career she studied at the Universidad Católica del Perú. While being a Literature student, she became interested in cinema and also started studying at the Faculty of Communications of the Universidad de Lima. There, she got in touch for the first time with the study of Cinematography. She took courses of Scriptwriting, Direction of Actors, Film Photography, and she also participated in three Film Workshops, where she wrote and directed some short films.

In Lima, she worked as a Literature teaching assistant, but also as a video-maker and reporter of the weekly TV news channel for students, at the same university. She also worked as a scriptwriter and director in a production company (Guarango Cine y Video), where she participated in different projects, the most important of them being the documentary En Camino-On the Way (1996), which belongs to the series “Not the Numbers Game”, produced by TVE (Television Trust for the Environment) of England. The series consisted in five documentaries written and directed by women in Uganda, Bosnia, India, Indonesia and Peru. This documentary won a “One World” Prize of the BBC of London.

In 1997, she won a scholarship to go to Spain. There, she was a lecturer of Hispanic American Literature and took the Doctorate Courses in Hispanic Literature at the Universidad de La Coruña. She also studied Scriptwriting and Direction at the Film School of the same city. There, she wrote and directed a documentary about immigration, Travesía de Extramares (1998), broadcasted by the Spanish TV, and wrote and directed other short fiction films.

During her stay in Spain, she has won many literary prizes (Lituma Prize, Federico García Lorca Prize, among others), and her stories have been published in different Spanish and Peruvian anthologies. In 2005, she obtained the second place of the National Narrative Prize in Peru, with a book called Los Olvidados (no los de Buñuel, los míos)- The forgotten (not Buñuel´s, but mine), which was published by the Universidad Católica del Perú in 2006. That same year, one of her stories was selected for the exhibition “Southern Eyes. 21st Century Visual Arts and Literature”, presented by the European Parliament (Brussels).

In 2006, she also finished her Screenwriting studies at the Escuela de Cinematografía de la Comunidad de Madrid - ECAM (Film School of Madrid). While studying, she wrote many short and 45- minute films, TV serials and sitcom projects. Also, two feature film scripts: the adaptation of the novel Un Mundo para Julius, from the Peruvian writer Alfredo Bryce Echenique, and the original long-feature film script Achtung Andalucía.

Since 2008, she is living again in Lima, Peru, where she is a professor at the Universidad Católica del Perú, where she is teaching Literature and Cinematography.

In 2009, her book Los Olvidados (no los de Buñuel, los míos) was published in a second edition by Estruendomudo. One of her stories also appeared in the anthology Matadoras, nuevas narradoras peruanas- Matadoras, new Peruvian female narrators and another story was finalist in the Copé Story Prize and was also published in an anthology.

Finally, at present, she’s working in Trip to Timbuktu, her first long-feature film project, which was shot in april 2012. Right now, the post production process of the film has just finished and it is expected that the film will be shown in cinemas in Peru at the end of 2013.

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