Isabel Sandoval is a New York-based Filipino filmmaker. She has produced, written and directed two full-length features, including the Filipino-language "Señorita" (2011), which premiered in competition at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and was nominated for Best Picture by the Young Critics Circle of the Philippines. "Señorita" also won the Emerging Director Award at the 2012 Asian-American International Film Festival.
Her second feature film, "Apparition" (2012), a period drama about cloistered Filipino nuns during the Marcos regime was widely acclaimed in its Philippine theatrical release and won a number of international awards, including the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NetPAC) Award at the 2012 Hawaii International Film Festival as well as the Audience Award at the 2013 Deauville Asian Film Festival in France. Variety Magazine touts "Apparition" as an “outstanding sophomore feature...[an] intelligently scripted and deeply moving mood piece.” Apparition had a week-long theatrical run at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in 2013 and was recently featured in MoMA's 2017 film series "A New Golden Age: Contemporary Philippine Cinema" alongside works by Golden Lion winner Lav Diaz and Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza.
"Lingua Franca" is her third narrative feature.
Isabel has a MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business and has a background in brand management.