Akiva Peñaloza
Script Supervisor
Akiva Peñaloza is a writer/actor/director from Queens, New York. She attended the American Film Institute (AFI) where she studied screenwriting and acting under the tutelage of Daryl Nickens, Anna Thomas (FRIDA, EL NORTE) and director Gloria Gifford (LAW & ORDER). At AFI, she won the prestigious Target Foundation Award selected by Academy Award Winner Diane Keaton. Her western, BRAZEN, won first prize in the Script Shark Screenwriting contest.

In 2006, she won funding to direct her short film, LA CHIVA, from the Latino Lens Film Challenge sponsored by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). She is a 2007 selectee of Tribeca Film Festival's All Access program representing her award-winning screenplay, HANNAH HENRI, and a 2008 fellowship recipient of the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City.