Sandra E. Varona is a Los Angeles-based film, music video & new media Producer with over 10 years of experience. In 2008, Sandra received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant—which provides up-and-coming independent filmmakers a full camera package to jumpstart their careers. Soon after, she launched her own company, Varona Productions —a banner that has been at the forefront of numerous music videos, short films, new media projects and now feature films.
In 2010, Varona was one of 30 participants selected for the highly coveted year-long mentorship program Project Involve sponsored by Film Independent. After completing Project Involve, she signed on as the Unit Production Manager on the feature film, FILLY BROWN, which was well received at Sundance and starred Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez.
Starting in 2013 Sandra became the Production & Crew Manager at Maker Studios working directly with the Head of Production to develop efficient and necessary protocols between producers and studio operations. Several years later she went on to production manage for Pop Sugar, REVOLT TV and most recently for comedian Kevin Hart's company, Hartland Productions on a show for Comedy Central.
Her debut as a Producer/Line Producer on her first feature film came in the fall of 2015 as she applied her expertise to the independent salsa film SHINE. Mostly shot in New York City with additional shoots in Los Angeles and London. SHINE is scheduled to premiere at Urbanworld Film Festival on September of 2017. The feature stars David Zayas (Dexter & Gotham), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black, Netflix), and world-renowned bachatero Jorge Burgos (Ataca).
In addition, Sandra had the opportunity to produce/line produce another feature film in November of 2016, titled Flavor of Life in her hometown of South Gate, California.
Varona is actively hiring minorities and women in key positions to promote and prove diversity behind camera is certainly attainable.