Nicole Otero is a writer, director and editor. Initially self-taught, she learned through experience, working extensively on set and in post-production. In 2020, Otero’s directorial narrative debut, SLIP, was acquired & distributed by Kino Lorber/Dedza, as part of a collection highlighting emerging and underrepresented directors. SLIP is currently streaming on the Criterion Channel. Her next narrative short, WHEN THERE WAS WATER, premiered at BAMcinemaFest in New York. She is a recipient of the 2022 NALIP Latino Lens grant for her latest film WAIT FOR NIGHT. This narrative short is a spiritual proof of concept for her upcoming feature project in development. Otero is a recipient of the 2023 California Arts Council’s Emerging Artist grant.
In addition to her work as a director, Otero has also edited several films for major museum exhibitions, including MoMA, the New Museum in NY, the Hammer Museum, and more. She edited THE AFRICAN DESPERATE, a feature film that premiered at the 2022 International Film Festival Rotterdam and New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center. She was also a writer of CIVIC, a short film which played IFFR and Clermont Ferrand in 2023.