Michelle Salcedo is an award winning director with over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry. Born in Miami to a Cuban mother and Ecuadorian father, Michelle Salcedo moved to New York to attend Columbia University and graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in Film Studies. She was immediately hired by Miramax Films where she worked in the film marketing department for five years. She produced theatrical trailers and TV campaigns for over thirty films including Academy Award winner “Chicago”, and Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York”.
Her first feature screenplay, “Maria” was finalist for the screenwriting lab at the Sundance Institute. Since 2002, she’s edited over fifty episodes of non-fiction T.V. including BBC’s “What Not to Wear” and “While you Were Out”, Emmy award winning, “A Baby Story” (TLC), “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style” (Bravo), “Tough Love” (VH1) and “Dale con Ganas” (Univision).
Her directorial debut, “Piel Canela”, was shot entirely on location in Cuba in 2018. "Piel Canela" started its festival run in March 2019, so far winning a jury prize for "Best Produced Short" at the Academy Award qualifying Holly Shorts Film Festival, an Audience Award at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, two jury awards at Lady Filmmakers film festival : Best Short and Best Actress in a Short Film, and a jury prize, "Honorable Mention" at Indie Pasión Film Festival in Miami. "Piel Canela" was also a finalist at San Diego Latino Film Festival and an official selection at HBO's New York Latino Film festival and San Francisco Latino Film Festival.
She is currently entering post-production for a feature, Woman of the House, a dramedy shot on location in Rhode Island July 2019.