Hailing from Wichita, Kansas by the way of Quito, Ecuador, Emilia Mendieta Córdova is an Ecuadorian-American Cinematographer with a passion for traveling, food, and storytelling. She has a B.A. from Vassar College in Film Studies and Chinese Studies and an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory.


Emilia currently is an active commercial, narrative, and documentary Cinematographer splitting her time between projects in Los Angeles, California and Quito, Ecuador. She has shot a number of short films including AKA AMBER, SIZZLE, GREATNESS WITHIN, DADDY'S GIRL, and TOMÁS, and recently completed a two feature films TO THE NEW GIRL and HOTEL REFINEMENT and a feature documentary ADICTOS EN RECUPERACIÓN.


Emilia also is also a Professor teaching cinematography and audiovisual production at the department of TV and Digital Media Production at USFQ (Universidad San Francisco de Quito), and has previously taught at UDLA (Universidad de las Américas). She is also currently the Cinematography Coordinator at the AFI Conservatory where she helps run the 35mm Visual Essay Program.


Emilia is trilingual (English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese), a classically-trained cellist, culinary arts enthusiast, and a massive Star Wars fan.  She is also the graphic designer and collaborator on Tish Lampert's upcoming book "I PROTEST: To Create An America We Can Believe In" that documents the history of first amendment rights protesting in the USA in the past 20 years. Emilia is a member of the ICFC (International Collective of Female Cinematographers).