We believe in a minimal, risky, yet narrative storytelling.

Cut the Papaya was founded in 2007 by Colombian Camila Jiménez Villa, Peruvian Silvana Aguirre and Spaniard Cristina Escoda upon graduating from the National Film and Television School in London. The company was born to provide a fresh and collaborative platform to develop film projects between the UK, Spain, Colombia and Peru. Cut the Papaya works with reduced crews and small budgets. Since its birth, Cut the Papaya has produced a collection of short films that have screened at countless international festivals, winning numerous awards and prizes.

News May 2014

News May 2014      Silvana is currently developing an Animated Children’s Feature Film. “El Batuteador”, directed by Silvana Aguirre, won the PromoFest Special Prize for the Best Iberoamerican Short at the Fenacu Cusco International Short Film Festival in Peru (Nov 2013).

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News November 2009 ‘Alijuna’ will be screened for cast, crew and sponsors on November 25th, in Bogotá. Silvana has finished editing the teaser for her Pakistani feature “Cycle”. ‘Crossing’ will be screened at the 39th Alcine Film Festival and at the 25th Interfilm International Short Film Festival in Berlin this month. ‘Waves’ was screened at the Shoot-me Film Festival in the Hague, Holland. It is now possible to watch the full version of ‘At three in the afternoon’, ‘Waves’ and ‘Ela’ on Cut the Papaya’s website.


Alijuna – 18 mins, 2010
Director: Cristina Escoda
Producer: Camila Jiménez Villa
Music:Christian Renou (@ Elsie and Jack) and Andrey Kiritchencko

The senator is nervous. She’s been waiting for this moment for a long time and now she feels the tension. Her chauffeur, Nelson, a wayúu Indian who's been working for her several years, is her contact. He will guide her through the desert to settle the deal.

Best Short Film Guadalajara
Best Short Film LALIFF 2010
Nominated: Best leading actor FIIVV'10
Nominated: Cinema Without Borders Award
Cartagena | Guadalajara | In Vitro Visual | Palm Springs | Huesca | LA Latino | Sao Paulo | Drama | Taiwan | Huelva | Mar del Plata | Uppsala

Tijereto (Flycatcher)

Trailer for the short film "Flycatcher", directed by Camila Jimenez Villa, produced by Cristina Escoda.

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Camila Jimenez Villa

Camila grew up between Colombia and Italy, where she used to be a fencer. She studied Communication in Milan before moving to London to train as a director at the NFTS. In 2007 she co-founded Cut the Papaya.

After graduating with an MBA from the Stern School of Business (NYU), specializing in Finance and Strategy, Camila joined Univision where she currently manages the Office of the CEO, a team comprised of Project Leaders and Associates focused on strategy, growth, and operational initiatives.

Cristina Escoda

Cristina has worked in many industries, from theoretical physics research to derivatives structuring, from film production to hedge fund portfolio management.  She is currently a partner at SouthLab and Cut the Papaya (the film production company she co-founded in 2006), where she leads several projects and initiatives at the frontier between media, technology and science.
Cristina holds a PhD in String Theory from the University of Cambridge UK, an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern and a postgraduate in Film Direction from the NFTS in London. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Silvana Aguirre Zegarra

Silvana received her BA degree in Visual Studies at Lima University, Peru. After working as a writer in several TV shows she made ESPERANZA, her first short film as a writer/director, which won the National Council of Peru Award. She followed her studies at the National Film and Television School in the UK where she made ELA, which was short listed for the Oscar 2008 and has won several international awards such us the Grand Prize at Tehran International Film Festival, Best International Short Film Youth Jury at Odense Film Festival and Best Cinematography at the Kodak Awards UK among others.

CROSSING (aka ALTAMAR), her next short film was selected in several international festivals and won the Best Director and the Audience Awards at Lima Film Festival 2009 as well as the ARTE Short Film Prize and the Golden Horsman of the Audience at the 22nd Dresden International Short Film Festival, Germany. Silvana was selected by ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London), as a mentee for their Cultural Leadership Programme. Her mentor was award-winning filmmaker Kim Longinotto. Along her work as a TV writer and director, Silvana is currently developing an Animated Children’s Feature Film.