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Patricia Cardoso was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She came to the USA as a Fulbright Scholar. Her UCLA student film The Water Carrier won a Student Academy Award and two Directors Guild of America Awards.
Cardoso directed the HBO feature Real Women Have Curves, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The film also earned a Special Jury Award for acting at Sundance and became the first HBO film to be released theatrically.
Her films have been shown at festivals including: Toronto, London, Sundance, Telluride and New Films/New Directors at MOMA. Cardoso has been awarded the National Board of Review's Excellence in Filmmaking award, a Smithsonian Institute Recognition Award, a UCLA Filmmaker of the Year Honor, the Youth Prize from the San Sebastian Film Festival, a California Governor’s Commendation and the Hubert Bals Fund from the Rotterdam Film Festival among others. As a programmer for the Festival, Cardoso was the director of Sundance's Latin American program.
Cardoso has developed feature projects with Universal, Disney, Ciby 2000 and Open City Films. She is an active member of the Directors Guild of America and its Independent Director's Committee. She is also a mentor for Film Independent’s Project Involve.