Sandra Ever Varona is a Los Angeles-based film, television and music video producer with over 8 years of experience in the industry. Varona began producing while studying Film and Television Production at the age of 19 at Los Angeles Community College (LACC). During her time at LACC, she also founded the Varona Film and Television Club (VFTA), which provided students with film production resources and group tours to film related companies and art organizations such as Panavision and Cinegear. The group now continues to grow through social media platforms.
At the beginning of her career, Varona volunteered countless amount of hours at several film festivals around LA, and renowned production companies, such as The Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, MUN2, SMPTE, LALIFF, Entity FX, NALIP, and the Film Festival Channel- just to name a few. Soon after, she began production assisting and coordinating for these and other entities, using that experience to launch a producing career that has resulted in several short films, live events, photo shoots, promotional videos, PSA Commercials and also feature films.
In 2008, Sandra received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, it gives a promising filmmaker a full Panavision camera package for the purpose of creating a show reel piece. Varona utilized a 16mm Panavision film package to produce her first music video, Bailando for artist, Sami Cultura.
Since then she has flourished as a music video producer via her own company, Varona Productions, having produced over 20 music videos for artists such as- El Roockie, Mexican pop band Kinky, R&B artist Vaughn Anthony (the younger brother and label-mate of John Legend), Grammy Nominated artist Eric Roberson and most recently rap artist Waka Flocka.
In October 2010, Varona began her participation in Film Independent’s Project: Involve as one of only 33 filmmakers selected for a year-long mentorship program. She produced two short films and received one-on-one film industry mentoring.
In January 2011, she served as the Unit Production Manager for the most anticipated Latino feature film, FILLY BROWN, starring Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos and Jenni Rivera. Filly Brown was released in theaters on April 19th, 2013.
In addition to producing, Sandra was the film festival director in 2012 for the Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Festival, also known as BHLIFE. She personally brought to the festival 3 powerful films directed by celebrities Eva Longoria, Eva Mendez and Zoe Saldana for the opening night reception. The festival made its return on March 2nd-4th with a renovated image and a new home at the CASA 0101 Theater.
Currently Sandra is a freelance producer for music videos, films and web content.