Kiara C Jones is a Writer, Director, Producer and the proprietor of Cultivated Films LLC. Her NewYork-based production company champions diverse storytelling and is focused on creating sustainable financial models for independent filmmakers. The Directors Guild of America honored Kiara with the Grand Jury Award for directing her debut feature, Christmas Wedding Baby, (Urbanworld, VIACOM, BET, Netflix). Kiara was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2015 for producing Anja Marquardt’s, She’s Lost Control. (Berlinale, CICAE, SXSW). She collaborated with Oscar-winning Writer, Geoffrey Fletcher as the U.S. winner for the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series (TriBeCa). Kiara is an Alumni of IFP’s Emerging Narrative Lab, was selected for Sony Pictures Television Diverse Director’s Program in 2016 and is a 2017 Trans Atlantic Partners International Co-production symposium fellow. Kiara most recently directed 21 AND DONE (documentary) illuminating the plight of children aging out of the Foster care system.
A pioneering advocate for cultural equity, the Bronx Council on the Arts nurtures the development of a diverse array of artists and arts organizations and builds strong cultural connections in and beyond The Bronx.