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 narrative work that explores social issues through humor and horror. Her work, consisting of over a dozen short films, a web series, and two feature films, has screened at film festivals around the world and gained a large online following through multiple crowdfunding campaigns and coverage on press outlets such as Indiewire and BuzzFeed. Through a desire to support other filmmakers, she works for Seed&Spark as the Head of Education, teaching and empowering creators to build their audience and crowdfund their work. She also runs IndieWorks, a monthly screening series showcasing short films by other New York filmmakers. At the 2019 Queens World Film Festival, she won the Pioneer Award for her leadership in the film community. Find Christina on social media: @craia9.