“WELCOME BACK” centers around Rosa and her daughter, Sophie, who have been deported back to the extremely dangerous and communist Venezuela. Prior to leaving Venezuela, Rosa was once an opposition student protestor, an act that is deemed unforgivable by the Venezuelan government. Deeply fearing her life, Rosa was forced to escape to the United States—but now is being sent back to the country she fled from. After arriving in Venezuela, and managing to obtain an illegal passport, Rosa is able to enter the country, but knows it is too unsafe for her and her daughter to stay. Rosa and her daughter must find a way to escape to a nearby town in Colombia without getting caught by the Venezuelan government. An insightful short story, inspired by real life events, observing one of the most oppressed countries, while exploring the incredible bond between a mother and her daughter.
Tiffany Kontoyiannis Guillen is a Latina writer, director, and filmmaker. She is a published playwright, Student Emmy Nominated Director, HBO Semi-Finalist, and has been recognized for her work in film.
Her most recent films have been acknowledged at festivals such as the Athena Film Festival, Mammoth Short Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner, San Diego Latino Film Festival, Los Angeles Short Film Festival, and many more.
Tiffany is also known for her anti-bullying work and organization. At the age of 14, Tiffany wrote “The Cycle,” a play that demonstrates the effects of bullying, and began touring South Florida with her cast to showcase the play. Since then, she has appeared on MSNBC, NBC, TV Venezuela and CBS to speak about bullying and how the visual arts can be used to create change. Keeping this passion in mind, Tiffany began creating films that brought inspiring, engaging and important topics to light. Her most recent projects have been devoted to telling Latinx stories in hopes of further diversifying the industry.
– Mammoth Short Film Festival (winner)
– WorldFest Houston (winner)
– HBO Semi-Finalist
– College Television Awards (Student Emmy's) Nominee
– Athena Film Festival
– Dam Short Film Festival
– Diversity in Cannes
– American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase
– Global Impact Film Festival
– San Diego Latino Film Festival