Milena Pastreich is a Los Angeles-based director and cinematographer. She received the UCLA Spotlight Award for her short film, I FEEL STUPID, which airs on PBS’s Film School Shorts and is featured on Short of the Week; JEAN-PAUL LUC SÉBASTIEN RENÉ, another short she made, premiered at SXSW. Milena has DPed Emmy-nominated films that have screened at festivals such as Cannes and Tribeca; she was awarded Best Cinematography at the New Orleans Film Festival for BELOW DREAMS and received the Panavision Award for THE BALLAD OF FINN + YETI. She is currently in post-production on her directorial feature documentary debut, PIGEON KINGS, which is supported by Sundance Institute, Women in Film, Film Independent, IDA, Canon, The Rogovy Foundation, Pacific Pioneer Fund, True/False, and Catapult Film Fund. Born and raised in San Francisco, she earned a BA in Art History from NYU and an MFA in Directing and Cinematography from UCLA.



Milena Pastreich