Fanny Grande

Fanny Grande (Formerly Fanny Véliz) is a Venezuelan-American award-winning filmmaker, actor, and director with more than 20 years experience in the entertainment business. Grande, who was born in the US, grew up in Venezuela performing from a very young age. She returned to the States to attend college, she quickly realized that roles available for her and other Latinos were very limited and often portrayed negative stereotypes. So she decided to start creating her own content while in College. A three-time Imagen Award nominee, she has received several recognitions for her work both in front and behind the camera. She’s currently one of 8 fellows selected by Geena Davis for the See it, Be it program. Her films focus on creating content that celebrates diversity and her main goal is to transform the way Latinos are portrayed in the media. 4 years ago she co-founded Avenida Productions with her husband Nelson Grande. Avenida is a consulting and production firm that specializes in empowering independent media content creators with a focus in diversity. To date Avenida has helped raise millions of dollars via crowdfunding for over 150 media projects. She served as a vice chair of Nosotros for 3 years. She currently has one feature documentary film in post-production about DACA called My DACA Life and her feature documentary Our Quinceañera won the audience awards at the Bentonville Film Festival. She’s also in post-production on a web series called I Friggin Love You.