Ela Troyano

Moving Image, 2000

Ela Troyano is an interdisciplinary filmmaker, born in Cuba and based in NYC. The Arsenal in Berlin presented a career survey of her work in 2012 including rarely seen films from the eighties. Recent shows include live film performances at the New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland (2011) and Berlin International Film Festival (2010). She is currently collaborating with her sister, performance artist Carmelita Tropicana on Post Plastica, a hybrid performance presented at the Colony Theater in Miami (2013) and El Museo del Barrio in NYC (2012). Her films include the PBS documentary La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul and featurette Carmelita Tropicana Your Kunst is Your Waffen (Your Art Is Your Weapon). Troyano has worked as a writer/director in film, theater and television and improviser in experimental music and dance. She attended writing workshops with Maria Irene Fornes at INTAR and Gabriel Garcia Marquez at Sundance. Select awards include funding from the Ford Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, Independent Television Service, New York State Council on the Arts and United States Rockefeller Fellowship.

Awards and Accomplishments


Troyano presents a Career Retrospective at the Arsenal, Berlin


Troyano screens work at the New Horizons Film Festival, Wroclaw Poland


Troyano presents work at the Berlin International Film Festival, Forum Expanded


Troyano receives an United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship

2002: Troyano receives Independent Television Service Grant

2002: Troyano receives New York State Council on the Arts Grant

2002: Troyano receives Latino Public Broadcasting Grant

2002: Troyano receives Ford Foundation Grant