Raffy Cortina

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Rafael Cortina
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Born Rafael "Raffy" Nico Cortina Jr.
(1991-06-22) June 22, 1991 (age 25)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Writer, Director, Producer
Alma mater Occidental College

Rafael "Raffy" Nico Cortina Jr. (born June 22, 1991) is an American director, writer, and producer. He won the 2013 Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his thesis film, Bottled Up.[1]

Cortina is a native of Spanish Harlem, New York City. He entered Occidental College in 2009 and studied Media Arts & Culture. He co-created the college's first student-run television station CatAList TV,[2] premiering in April 2010. Cortina was head of production and secured regular funding from the college for station.[3]

He wrote, directed and produced award-winning short films including Bottled Up. The movie features two characters, a baker and a dockworker, who bottle up their wishes and send them down a river in hopes that someday their wishes will be fulfilled. He was awarded the Gold Medal at the 40th Student Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on June 8, 2013 for the Alternative category.[4][5] Cortina is the first Occidental College student to win the award.[1]

In 2014, Cortina was named as No. 4 in MSN’s 10 Latinos to Watch.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Winners Announced for 2013 Student Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Dick (Summer 2013). "Taking Home Oscar". Occidental Magazine. Occidental College. 
  3. ^ "Oxy Students Launch TV Network". Occidental College. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "16 young filmmakers named winners of student Academy Awards". Los Angeles TImes. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "40th Student Academy Award Winners Honored". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "10 Latinos to Watch in 2014: Rafael Cortina Jr.". MSN Latino. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 

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