Ramona Diaz

Baltimore, Maryland, United States



Ramona S. Diaz is an award-winning Asian American filmmaker whose films have screened at Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca, SXSW, IDFA, HotDocs and many other top-tier film festivals. Her first film IMELDA, about the former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, premiered and won an award at Sundance and screened worldwide. Her previous film, MOTHERLAND, also won an award at Sundance in 2017 and had its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary and a Peabody Award. Ramona’s current release, A THOUSAND CUTS, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and won an IFP Gothams Award and was nominated for Best Documentary by the Producers Guild of America. All her films – including DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY and THE LEARNING – have been broadcast on either Independent Lens, POV, or Frontline on PBS.


Ramona is both a Guggenheim Fellow and a USA Fellow – prestigious awards given to artists with singular visions who have significantly contributed to the arts in this country. She was just named a 2021 Film Fellow by the American Academy in Rome.


Ramona was also inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) in 2016, and in 2017 received a Women at Sundance Fellowship, a Creative Capital Award, and a Chicken & Egg Pictures Filmmaker Award. Ramona is a graduate of Emerson College and holds an MA from Stanford University.