Discipline: Film/Video – experimental

Pia Borg

Discipline: Film/Video – experimental
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Pia Borg is a filmmaker focusing on nonfiction films chronicling historical events and psychological phenomena. Her work has received numerous prizes and has been featured in festivals around the world.

Notable prizes include the Golden Leopard at Locarno Festival for the documentary Abandoned Goods in 2014, and prizes at the AFI Fest, Ann Arbor, 25 FPS, and Tacoma Film Festival for her film Silica (which was also installed in the Maltese Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale). She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2021 and in 2015 was named as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in Filmmaker Magazine. Other festivals where Borg has been featured include Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Oberhausen, and many more.

While at MacDowell she worked on her first feature film, an adaptation of her latest short, Demonic, that premiered at the International Critics’ Week, Cannes Film Festival in 2019.



Pia Borg worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio (as it was originally named) was converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, and originally served the property as both a power house and pump house. Well water was pumped from a large cistern to Hillcrest, the Foreman’s Cottage, and the lower buildings closer to…

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