Vonnetta Cornish spent more than 10 years working in corporate communications for Washington, D.C. area companies before reuniting with her passion for filmmaking to launch Cine30 Media. As a writer and producer, Cornish is captivated by the power of storytelling through cinema and the ability to create entertaining, thoughtful experiences that capture the human spirit.
"Bachelorette's Degree," the first feature film production for Cine30 Media, premiered in the D.C. area in 2013 to an audience of more than 275 moviegoers, with encore screenings held in 2015. The film was an official selection at the 2015 World Music & Independent Film Festival (WMIFF) where it received eight nominations in seven categories and won three awards. Cornish received the WMIFF Award for Best Screenplay for a Feature Film/DMV.
In 2019, Cornish won the Las Vegas Black Film Festival award for Best Written Work for her original screenplay, "The Exit Row." The film premiered in the D.C. area in the fall of 2021 to a sold-out audience, which led to an encore screening less than two months later. The movie was awarded Best Drama, Best Film Score and Script 2 Screen at the 2022 Las Vegas Black Film Festival.
Cornish's path to becoming a filmmaker began when she as a youngster whose favorite theatrical works included "The Muppet Movie," "The Wiz" and "Westside Story." Cornish determined she would write for film after seeing legendary director Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing." She continues to be inspired by contemporary filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries to make groundbreaking films.
Cornish holds a B.A. in Mass Communication (film concentration) from Towson University and a M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in D.C. She is also a member of the Virginia Production Alliance.