About Erika


Born and raised in Costa Rica, Bagnarello obtained her MFA in Film Production at Florida State University where she attended as a Fulbright International Fellow in 2006.

In 2007 she was invited by the Japanese Non-Profit Organization PEACE BOAT, to direct a documentary entitled "Flashes of Hope: Hibakusha Traveling the World". The film showed a voyage where 102 atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki literally traveled around the world to promote nuclear disarmament. Shot in over 22 countries, the one-hour documentary premiered in 2009 at the United Nations in New York City.

Erika's short film work has been screened in many festivals among them the L.A Latino International Film Festival, Icaro Film Festival, won Second place at the AXN Latin America cable network, San Francisco Latino International Film Festival, New York Peace Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, won an Honorable Mention at the Student Director’s Guild of America Awards, etc.

From 2010 to present she has been working as a commercial director.

Some of her achievements include being selected in 2010 as a TED Global Fellow, named “Fulbrighter of the Year” in 2010, selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2012, etc.

Currently she is in post-production of her first narrative feature film, entitled “Primero de Enero", shot in the Dominican Republic. With this project, she participated in HBO's-NALIP's Latino Producers Academy 2011, Plume & Pellicule Writers Workshop / Dreamago 2013 and the Co-Production forum in Huelva's Film Festival, Spain.

The project will premiere in 2014 and it will be Erika's first narrative feature film.


English, Spanish

TED Conferences

TEDWomen 2013, TEDWomen 2010, TEDGlobal 2010

Areas of Expertise

Film & Video

An idea worth spreading

Films can create positive change and inspire people.

I'm passionate about

Filmmaking / Traveling / Yoga

Talk to me about

Filmmaking / Traveling / Yoga

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