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Ani Mercedes

Ani Mercedes is the Founder & Impact Producer at Looky Looky Pictures. She's designed, implemented, and lead impact and outreach campaigns for numerous feature-length films, shorts, and social initiatives. Highlights include Liyana, Good Pitch selections Councilwoman and Unaccompanied ChildrenBuilding the American Dream, and supporting the rollout of Our 100 Days shorts series by Field of Vision & Firelight Media while a Firelight Media Impact Producer Fellow.

She directed two short documentaries, The Hall (PBS) Hand Built Boat (Miami International Film Festival). Her third short, Fearless, was selected for a Sundance Short Film Intensive. She began her film career as a Kartemquin Films intern, studying hours of raw footage from Academy-Award nominated director Steve James. She helping filmmakers build financial sustainability at Thriving Filmmaker, an online course and podcast. Prior to filmmaking, she a White House intern under President Obama, an elementary school teacher (Teach for America), and helped school districts improve their technology. She earned a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University. She's based in Miami, Florida.

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Previously Spoken & Taught At

  • Fellowship programs

  • Retreats

  • Conferences

  • Seminars

  • Foundations

  • Filmmaker organization

  • Women’s organizations

  • Universities

  • Nonprofits

  • Civic groups

  • Small groups of 10 people up to large audiences of 100+ attendees

  • Throughout the U.S., globally and at virtual workshops

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“I feel like your presentation is the reason I was meant to be here today. Thank you!”
— Student at film impact workshop

Thank you! You made me see that I can care about community in filmmaking.
— Student shared this with tears in her eyes at a film impact workshop


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