University College London Entrepreneurship Postgraduate Award - Business Technology
Fassa graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor's in Political Science and a minor in Film, Media, TV Studies in 2018. She most recently served as the youngest Acquisitions & Creative Development executive for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she worked on various film acquisitions, including Searching starring John Cho and most recently Broken Hearts Gallery, executive produced by Selena Gomez. During Fassa's work as a film executive, she noticed that women and people of color directing studio-caliber films were vastly underrepresented when presented to her for distribution. She turned to untraditional pathways to find creators from diverse backgrounds and witnessed the obstacles hindering emerging filmmakers looking for creative support and funding opportunities. As a Fulbrighter, Fassa will pursue a Master's in Entrepreneurship specializing in Technology at University College London. She plans to develop a company that will offer an alternate pathway for creators to be carefully matched with producers, financiers, and distributors. Fassa is looking forward to being engrossed in the unique British artist community and volunteering with the Ghetto Film School to educate youth in the city about the various career pathways in Film and Television.