I’m a 1st-gen American, born and raised in California, and proud of my Mexican roots. The lack of stories, including my familia and me, inspired my love affair with writing. Character-driven grounded-genre centered on a spectrum of characters and communities that always include POC, WOC, & queer POV’s is my jam. Pathos & authenticity are the heartbeats of my creativity. Problem-solving and having fun while impacting culture is my sweet spot.
Paloma Riojas is a queer chingona who strives to create stories that authentically explore the complexities of being human from POVs we've yet to explore in depth on screen. Paloma was 1 of 10 Fellows selected for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab 2022. She’s been on the Black List Latinx TV List 2020 and the inaugural Mentorship Matters writers' 2021 program in collaboration with Netflix, HBO, and Amazon. Paloma is currently developing shows with Scooter Braun’s SB Projects, Cedar Park Entertainment, and Paradiso Media. She’s been a Writers' Assistant for Showtime and Paramount+ and previously was a development executive.
She’s been featured on the La Lista podcast, Hulu’s All Accents Welcome, and the AFC Indie Filmmaking podcast. In 2019, Paloma wrote-produced over 50 short-form documentaries centered around youth activism, veganism, and climate change featured in over 400 news outlets. The series won two Silver Telly Awards.
Paloma co-wrote and produced Nana, a short film directed by Diego Luna that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Paloma has also created bilingual content for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, AT&T, and Honda. Paloma's Spanish language short film Adán premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The film earned her both the Audience Award and Jury Award in the Diversity at Cannes Showcase.
Paloma holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film/TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She lives with her wife in Southern California and tries to write by the beach as much as possible. Paloma is represented by United Talent Agency and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.
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