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Florencia Manóvil was voted "Best Filmmaker of the East Bay" for her work as a screenwriter, director, and producer based in Oakland, California. Her web series Dyke Central has been lauded by press and fans alike for groundbreaking diversity in its representation of LGBTQ characters.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Manóvil moved to Boston at age 18 to pursue film studies at Emerson College. In 2007 she settled permanently in the Bay Area, where she shot Fiona's Script (2009), her feature directorial debut. Fiona's Script screened at festivals around the world, garnering a Best Supporting Actress nomination at MethodFest. In 2011, Manóvil co-created Dyke Central, a "queer dramedy" episodic, directing and producing the 22-minute pilot episode.
After a year of festivals, fundraising, and further writing, she resumed production of the series in 2013, directing four more episodes, all of which were selected for festival screenings in 2014. In 2015, Dyke Central Season 1 was completed (with the support of the Frameline Completion Fund) and all ten episodes were released on T-VOD. Dyke Central is now available on SVOD platforms Amazon Prime, Seed & Spark, and Revry.
In 2016 Manóvil wrote and directed the short Encuentro, which was also awarded a Frameline Completion Fund, and later screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world.
Her new feature, Bridges, is a triptych film about queer women who use different esoteric practices to survive and thrive in a patriarchal world. One of its parts was shot in August 2018, with the rest slated to shoot in 2019.