Lia Chapman

Lia Chapman

Mis Tres Hermana Production
Actor, Producer, Screenwriter, Author and Director

Madrid, Spain

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About Lia

LIA CHAPMAN - Actress - director
Having appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays in the US, Spain, and her native Dominican Republic, award-winning actress-director-producer Lia Chapman is developing a career that positions her as a cultural ambassador of Black Latino artists worldwide. In her starring role in the hit Spanish television sitcom Canguros, she played the first black leading character on Spanish television. Lia's other credits include roles in Before Night Falls, directed by Julian Schnabel, In the Time of The Butterflies, directed by Mariano Barroso and starring Salma Hayek, and in Antonio Banderas' directorial debut Crazy in Alabama. She played a self-absorbed model in Barroso's Invisibles, which was produced by Javier Bardem and received a GOYA Award (Spain's equivalent to the Oscars). As the lead in the romantic drama Roble de Olor, which earned Best Picture at The Dikalo Awards at the International Pan African Festival in Cannes, Variety compared her to a young Cicely Tyson and noted her strong presence, dignity, and elegance as a free black woman in 1800s Havana.
Other upcoming projects include Mis 500 Locos directed by Leticia Tonos, Isolated Victim, directed by Ramses Jimenez and produced by Entre Films and Zoe and Cisely Saldana's production company, Cinestar Films. This fall she will be playing a supporting role in the Spanish, award-winning director, Marcos Moreno’s Assault to Freedom.
Lia’s latest award: Best supporting actress for Ray Hungria's short film Jenni, at the Indie Short Fest (Los Angeles International Film Festival).

Lia Chapman debuted as a director on July 2014. Her award-winning short film, Ángeles Rotos, obtained outstanding international recognition: Best Actress at the Castilla La Mancha Social Film Festival, best original drama at the Houston International Film Festival, special mention at the NYC Light and Movement Festivals, and Best Short Film Festival in the USA, a best short film at Cayenne women film festival and award of excellence at the Hispanic International Film Festival of New Jersey. “In the arms of my mother”, the second short film by Lía Chapman in which the actors Joaquim de Almeida, Julie Carmen, and Renee Victor participate, premiered at the 6th Dominican Film Festival in New York on July 30, 2017, winning the 2nd best short film award. Her desire to grow as a filmmaker led her to enter the University for the second time, Lía has a degree in Sociology from Fordham University in New York. In June 2016 she graduated with distinction from UCLA University Extention program as a director. Último Paseo, considered one of the 10 best shorts films of 2020 in her native, Dominican Republic, was created in a 10 days seminar with Oscar winner Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi in Navarra, Spain in 2019.

Después de más de dos década trabajando como actriz en el cine, teatro y la televisión en España, Estados Unidos y la República Dominicana Lia Chapman debuta como directora en julio de 2014. Su galardonado cortometraje, Ángeles Rotos, obtuvo un destacado reconocimiento internacional: Mejor actriz en el Festival de Cine Social de Castilla La Mancha, mejor drama original en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Houston, mención especial en los Festivales Luz y Movimiento NYC y Best Short Film Festival en EE. UU., mejor cortometraje en Cayennne women film festival y premio de excelencia en el Hispanic International Film Festival of New Jersey. “En los brazos de mi madre”, el segundo cortometraje de Lía Chapman en el que participan los actores Joaquim de Almeida, Julie Carmen y Renee Victor, se estrenó en el 6º Festival de Cine Dominicano de Nueva York el 30 de julio del 2017 ganando el premio al 2º mejor cortometraje. Su deseo de crecer como cineasta la llevó a ingresar en la Universidad por segunda vez, Lía es licenciada en Sociología por la Universidad de Fordham en Nueva York. En junio de 2016 se graduó con distinción en el programa de Dirección de la Universidad de UCLA. Su más reciente trabajo como directora, Último Paseo, considerado uno los 10 mejores cortometrajes del 2020 en República Dominicana, fue creado en un seminario con el director Asghar Farhadi en Navarra Spain en el 2019.


  • 2019 Hollywood Blood Horror Festival Won, Jury Prize Best Drama - June for Jenni (2017) Ray Hungria

  • Oaxaca FilmFest, MX Won, New Industry Selection Best Short on Social Issues for Jenni (2017) Ray Hu

  • 2018 Madrid International Film Festival, ES Nominated, Festival Award Best Supporting Actress in a S

  • 2018 Mexico International Film Festival Won, Special Jury Award Best Short Film for Jenni (2017) Ra

  • 2017 Cayenne Short Film Festival Won, Festival Prize Best Short Film for Ángeles Rotos (2015)

  • 2016 WorldFest Houston Won, Bronze Remi Award Best Dramatic - Original for Ángeles Rotos (2015) Mis

  • 2015 Festival Internacional de Cine Social Castilla-La Mancha Won, Festival Prize Best Actress for


  • UCLA director certificate

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