Ali Valerio grew up in Rockledge, FL and currently lives in Orlando. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Writing & Rhetoric from the University of Central Florida. She took several film classes at UCF where she learned about the history of films, essay films, and screenwriting, but most of her film experience has taken place outside the classroom.
Ali grew up making short films and music videos with her friends and family. None of them never really knew what they were doing, but they always had a blast figuring it out. In her small projects she directed, wrote, edited, and acted (when necessary). Once in college, Ali pursued more formal instruction and got involved with larger projects. She has been a production assistant for several short films, script supervisor, cameraperson, screenwriter, director, editor, and an assistant director. Her biggest project is a 40-minute horror film titled “On This Day” which is currently still in development.
Ali loves filmmaking because of the unique and transformative experiences it can create both on and off-screen. Some of her most cherished memories and powerful learning experiences have taken place on a film set. When she’s not pursuing projects of her own, Ali is happy to watch her friends in (and behind the scenes of) their own movies and plays. She believes that supporting other artists, especially loved ones, is incredibly important. She also loves reading, writing, playing basketball, and weightlifting.