Elaine MinionisEDITOR | PRODUCER
Native to Venezuela, Elaine Minionis got her start in the arts by writing poetry at a very young age. Her big break came in 2005 when she was one of a handful of winners selected for a national poetry contest, receiving as a reward a text publication with one of the most important literary houses in Venezuela (CELARG). As she grew up and continued to study, her love of photography and documentary became more clear.
In 2006, Minionis saw her still photography work featured as part of the advertising for the 20th Century Fox production of Elipsis. In 2008, Minionis came to study Documentary Filmmaking in NYFA’s 1-Year Conservatory program. Of her experience, she shared that “non-fiction visual storytelling became an artistic and intellectual space” that allowed her to explore research and visual concepts of storytelling.
After graduating, Minionis worked at the Brooklyn-based production company Flicker Flacker Films, as an intern and then the assistant editor for a History Channel feature-length documentary The Naturalized. She eventually became an independent producer at Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanics in the Original Production & Development Department.
Minionis won a regional Emmy in 2020 by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Suncoast Chapter for Uncanny: The Dolls of Mariana Monteagudo.
Program Studied at NYFA: Documentary Filmmaking
Program Type: 1-Year Conservatory
Year Attended: 2008
Location: New York