Yannis Lobaina is a Cuban Writer, Filmmaker, Storyteller based in Toronto. Lobaina loves to explore themes of immigration, diaspora and motherhood through storytelling. She is recipient RBC Arts Access Award 2018 By Toronto Arts Foundation and Neighbourhood Arts Network. Furthermore, 2017 she is a Micro –Grant recipient for her currently short Documentary “Where the Magic Happens” her first work as an emerging filmmaker in Toronto. She has been working for more than a decade at the International School of Cinema, Radio, and TV (EICTV) as a Director-producer, Assistant Director, and Script consultant.
Yannis as a writer has been published in countries such as Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Barcelona. Also, Lobaina publishes frequently with magazines specialized in literature like Revista Paralelo Sur, Revista Quimeras, and other digital platforms.
At this time, Lobaina is involved in helping the Spanish-speaking community through her storytelling program, Storytime in Spanish. Which, has done in libraries in the city, and schools. More about https://enlareddeltiempo.com/.
Thoughts About Art and Community
Since I arrived in Toronto. I decided to offer the best of my artistic skills and be an active part of the cultural movement. Fate has given me many other beautiful surprises. I won a Platform A, Micro Grant with my first documentary project, Where the Magic Happens. As an emerging filmmaker. Where I have been able to work on some of the issues that most concern me. Immigration and integration into the new society. As a writer and mother of a multicultural girl. I am very concerned about the loss of our roots, language and identity. That's why, since 2017, I'm doing a Spanish storytelling program. I love working with children. And in this way, it allows me to keep our legacy alive, like Spanish speakers in Toronto.
I am very proud of my Storytelling program. and happy to be part of the RBC Arts Access Fund recipients. An incentive that has helped me strengthen my project.
***Facilitator of Creative writing & Storytelling.
***Storytelling program Bilingual Spanish/ English.
*** Social media skills.
* * *Filmmaker.