Christina Raia is a New York City based Writer/Director and the founder of CongestedCat Productions. With an affinity for ensemble pieces and punchy dialogue, she focuses on character-driven and socially conscious horror and comedy, using genre as a lens to represent, discuss and dissect social issues, otherness and real world anxieties. Her work, consisting of over a dozen short films, a web series, and two feature films, has screened at film festivals around the world with coverage on press outlets such as Indiewire and BuzzFeed. Her mixed race background and particularly her mother's Indo-Trinidadian culture play a major role in Christina's interest in portraying underrepresented perspectives across diverse spectrums of identity in her writing and directing. She was a selected fellow in the Artist Academy of The Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of the 2018 New York Film Festival; and she won the Lois Weber Pioneer Award for her leadership in film at the 2019 Queens World Film Festival and the Black Feather Award for representing inclusive values at the 2020 Blackbird Film Festival. She's currently focused on beginning development for her third feature, Silent Night; the screenplay for which was a quarter finalist in Slamdance's 2017 Screenplay Competition. Find Christina on social media: @craia9.