Lucia Linares (19/20 Design Lab) is a queer trans non-binary Latinx filmmaker, producer, and multidisciplinary artist born in Lima, Peru, and based in Toronto. They focus on stories about their own experiences as a queer immigrant and bringing 2slgbtqia+ stories to the mainstream, to be able to give younger generations the chance to see themselves represented in media and theatre. As someone who grew up without knowing how powerful art could be, Lucia strives to create a world where storytelling is able to shape and question people’s perspectives and be able to create connections with audiences all over the world. As part of the 2018 Inside Out New Visions program, they co-created and produced their first short film: Hi Mrs. Friedman! (Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Reel Pride Festival, Berlin Short Film Festival, Leeds Queer Film Festival), and have worked with JAYU as a pre-programmer for the Humans Rights Film Festival. Through Sketch Art’s program Making Sense, they developed and showcased their video installation Home, which merged their two homes, Toronto and Lima, through visuals and sound, in partnership with The Toronto Media Centre and Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. They co-created and perform as one of the members of the Latinx Drag King boyband “Boiband The Boyband”, who premiered at the 2018 Rhubarb Festival and headlined Toronto Pride 2020 as part of LatinXplosion (Latinx Virtual Stage). Currently, they are part of the first Design Lab with the 19th Paprika Theatre Festival that focuses on sound and lighting design for live performance. They’re majoring in Film and Media Production at Humber College to be able to expand their knowledge and grow as a filmmaker.