New York City based Writer/Director of socially conscious horror and comedy.
Company
CongestedCat Productions LLC
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.
Winner: Best Screenplay and Social Awareness Award
Affliction
Revolution Me Film Festival
Brooklyn, NY
2020
Runner Up: Best Director (Short Film) & Best Dramatic Short
Affliction
Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
Santa Ana, CA
2020
Nominated: The Darkness Award
The Gaze
Blackbird Film Festival
Cortland, NY
2020
Lois Weber Pioneer Award
About a Donkey
2019 Queens World Film Festival
Astoria, NY
2019
Nominated: Best Picture, Best Female Actor
About a Donkey
2019 Flathead Lake International Cinemafest
Polson, Montana
2019
Winner: Best Produced Screenplay, Nominated for Best Comedy Feature, Best LGBTQ Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress
About a Donkey
2018 Austin Revolution Film Festival
Austin, TX
2018
Best Comedy
Game Brunch
2021 Die Laughing Film Festival
Finalist
SAY
HollyShorts Film Festival
Nominated Best Thriller
Enough
2018 Women in Horror Film Festival
Peachtree City, GA
Nominated Best Foreboding Film
Enough
2018 Blackbird Film Festival
Cortland, NY
Finalist Best Short
Night In
2017 Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Apex, NC
Nominated Best Lead Actress
Hello
2017 Macabre Faire Film Festival
Nominated Best Ensemble
We Had Plans
2016 Queens World Film Festival
Winner Best Sound, Nominated Best Feature, Best Director, Best Lead Actor
Summit
2016 Macabre Faire Film Festival
Best Director
Summit
2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival (Vortex Genre Film Fest)
Best Horror Film
Summit
2015 Manhattan Film Festival
Current City
Queens, NY
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
West Indian/Italian
New York City based Writer/Director of socially conscious horror and comedy.
Company
CongestedCat Productions LLC