Esmeralda Hernandez is a Tejana filmmaker from San Antonio, Texas. Her work explores the American experience and other worlds through the lens of Latina protagonists and underrepresented voices. She graduated from the Radio-Television-Film program at The University of Texas at Austin in 2019. Her thesis film Cake had a successful festival run, winning the jury prize for Best College Filmmaker at the San Antonio Film Festival. Her latest film Dream Carriers premiered at the 2022 San Francisco International Film Festival and recently won the Texas Archive Moving Image jury prize for Best Hecho en Tejas Film at Cine Las Americas International Film Festival.