A lover of American film (Scorsese, Lynch and Kazan are among her favorites), she trained as a film director at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, from 1990 to 1991. There she directed three short films: Drink Up (26 mins.), Undercurrent (20 mins.) and The Living is Easy (30 mins.) She also studied screenwriting and drama direction at USC.
Other directing credits include the short film Bar, which won first prize at the Huesca Festival in 1988; Kill Me Later, a 10-minute short which won first prize at the Oberhausen Film Festival in 1993 and a Panavision Grant at the Houston Film Festival and Veo Veo (TV3, Spain).
From 1994-95 Ripoll was a commercial director for Rodar and Rodar Productions in Spain. In 1996 her episode of El Dominio de los Sentidos (Every Sense a Woman) won the Audience Award at the Alcala de Benares Film Festival. In this film directed by five women filmmakers who each took one of the five senses as her subject, Ripoll's episode dealt with the sense of hearing.
She continues working as a freelance director for Spain's Canal + and recently completed A Flor de Pel, a television drama series for Canal 9, Spain.
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