Manuela started acting at age 17th. From then on, she has participated in more than fifteen national and international productions. In 2010, after pursuing degrees both in Theater and Art, she won a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue an MFA in Filmmaking in USA. She directed the short film Apnea and co-directed Land Tides with Amirah Tajdin for Cannes Film Festival program The Chile Factory. The short film premiered at the Director’s Fortnight 2015 and had its North American premiere at NYFF 2015.
Manuela also co-wrote the film Mar, directed by Dominga Sotomayor, which premiered at Berlinale’s Forum in 2015 and is currently developing her first feature film 1976, produced by CINESTACIóN.