Mexican Presence



Directors


Michel Franco

Michel Franco was born in Mexico City in 1979. The films he has written, directed and produced include "Chronic" (nominated for the Palme d'Or and winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival), and "After Lucia" (winner of the Best Film Award at Certain Regard, 2012 Cannes Film Festival). He has produced "600 Miles" (directed by Gabriel Ripstein and winner of the Best First Feature award at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival), and "From Afar" (directed by Lorenzo Vigas winner of the Leone d'Oro at the 2015 Venice Film Festival). His most recent work “April´s Daughter”, is part of the Official Selection of Cannes International Film Festival, 2017. Through his company Lucia Films, he is also developing several feature film and televisión projects.

Film:
Las hijas de Abril / April's daughters

Section:
Un Certain Regard


info@luciafilms.com

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Rodrigo Ímaz

(México, 1982) Studied Visual Arts at the National School of Arts (UNAM) in Mexico and his Master´s in Artistic Production at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain (UPV), graduating both with honors. Film studies at CUEC (UNAM). He received a grant from National Fund for Culture and the Arts for Study Abroad (FONCA 2008) and twice with the grant Residency Program (FONCA 2010 y 2013). Grant from the JUMEX Foundation for postgraduate studies (2009). He received Honorable Mention in the Youth Award (INJUVE 2011). Development Grant from the Film Fund for the documentary project Juan Perros (IMCINE 2014). Artist in residency: International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP in New York (2010), Art Omi New York (2013), Flux Factory New York (2014) and Residency Unlimited New York (2014).

Film:
Juan Perros

Section:
FICM selection


juanperrosfilm@gmail.com

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Alejandra Villalba

(Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, 1992). Studied at Mantarraya Film Workshop. She graduated from the Autonomous University of Baja California with a degree in Communications. Her short film “Microcastle” participated in the 14º Morelia Film Festival (FICM) in the Mexican Short Film section, in the screening Invitation to Morelia Film Festival as part of the 56º Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival and in the official selection of the 7º Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto in the Latin-american Fiction Short Film section.

Film:
Microcastillo

Section:
FICM selection

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Alonso Ruizpalacios

Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England, being FONCA scholarship holder. Previously studied Direction in the Forum Contemporary Theater with the teacher Ludwik Margules. He has directed several plays with his company Todos las Fiestas de Mañana, in some of the main theater halls in Mexico and Spain - among them Reincidentes co-written with David Gaitán, El Beso by Anton Chéjov, Rock & Roll by Tom Stoppard, La Cocina by Arnold Wesker and Satelite 2012 co-written with Gibrán Portela, among others.

His first two short films Café Paraíso and El Último Canto del Pájaro Cú were winners of Ariel for Best Short Film (2009 and 2011), as well as awards at the Guadalajara, Huesca (Spain), Cortoportere (Italy), Short Shorts, Sapporo Japan), Fastnet (Ireland) and Monterrey.

He has directed documentary programs for National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel, as well as advertising campaigns for Coca-Cola, Agua Ciel and Mc Cormick among other brands.

His first feature film Güeros won the Best Opera Prize at the Berlinale (2014) and the Horizontes Latinos Prize and Youth Prize at the San Sebastian Festival, as well as more than 30 awards at major international festivals such as the AFI Fest Los Angeles), Tribeca (New York), Havana, Morelia, Lima, Los Cabos, and 5 Arieles of the Mexican Film Academy, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Since 2011 Alonso is a Master of Management at the Cinematographic Training Center. He is currently preparing his second feature, Museo.

Film:
Verde

Section:
FICM Selection


festivals@imcine.gob.mx

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Gabriel Mariño

Graduated from CCC mastered in a documentary specialization from the Hochshule fur Fernsehen und Film (H.H.F.) de Munich, Germany. His first feature film A Secret World won the swiss fund Visions Sud Est and was selected for film in progress in San Sebastian Film Fest, had its world Premiere in Generation´s Berlinale, invited to a more than 100 film festivals, Yesterday Wonder I was is his second feature.

Film:
Ayer maravilla fui

Section:
Los Cabos, goes to Cannes

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Miguel Calderón

Miguel Calderón, (Mexico City 1971) works in various mediums such as photography, writing, experimental film and video. He was a co-founder of the non-profit art space, “La Panaderia,” which helped promote new tendencies of art in Latin America starting in 1994. His exhibitions include The Sao Paolo Biennial, Museo Tamayo, The Yokohama Triennial.

Film:
El segundo advenimiento

Section:
Los Cabos, goes to Cannes

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Alana Simões

Dual-Me, Best short Documentary at Cusco; Marti, Centro Pablo Award; Free Taxi, Best short Documentary, at Contra el silencio todas las voces and From wine to the Arctic. She was International manager of DOCMA Documentary Film Association of Madrid and Co-creator of the cultural event 3XDoc Creators Meeting. Currently she is finishing My Brother, produced by Pimienta Films. She is also developing Third Act, her new film and Mexican Dream, a documentary TV serie, both produced by Cinematópodos.

Film:
Mi hermano

Section:
Los Cabos, goes to Cannes

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Gustavo Gamou

Gustavo Gamou graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico.His firstdocumentary La Palomilla Salvaje, premiered at FICCO 2006, won the Best Mexican Documentary Award.

In 2013 his documentary feature El Regreso del Muerto, won the Splendor Omnia Award at Los Cabos International Film Festival. In 2015 he obtained the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund Development Award at Los Cabos International Film Festival for Sex Panchitos Punk (aka FBI).

Film:
Sex Panchitos Punk

Section:
Los Cabos, goes to Cannes


locolocofilms@gmail.com

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Carlos Carrera

Born in Mexico City. At the age of 13 he shot his first short films in super 8 format. Studied Communications at Ibero American University and film directing at Cinematographic Capacitation Center. Among his directing credits: El hijo pródigo (The prodigal son - animated short, 1984); Amada (animated short, 1988); Un muy cortometraje (A very short film - animated short); Malayerba nunca muerde (Badweed never bites - animated short, 1984); Un vestidito blanco como la leche nido (A little dress, white as nido powder milk - docummentary, 1989); La mujer de Benjamín (Benjamin’s woman - feature, 1990); La vida conyugal (Conjugal life - feature, 1992); El héroe (The Hero - corto animado,1993), best short film Palm D’Or award winner at Cannes Film Festival, 1994; ganador de la Palma de Oro al mejor cortometraje en el festival de Cannes, 1994; Sin Remitente (No remitter - feature, 1994), Un embrujo (A hex - feature, 1998); El Crimen del Padre Amaro (The crime of father Amaro - feature, 2002), best foreign language film Oscar nominee; De raíz (From the roots - animated short, 2004), Barbacoa de Chivo (Goat barbecue - short, 2004), Backyard (feature, 2009), De la infancia (From childhood - feature, 2010), La Habitación (The Room - short) El Sueño (The dream - 2016). Ana y Bruno, (animated feature, 2017).

Film:
Ana y Bruno

Section:
Market Screenings

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José Chávez

José Ramón begins his career collaborating with the television and radio department of the Autonomous University of san Luis Potosí in 1998. In 2000 he begins his studies at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, specializing in film direction, his graduation film is the short film De fut, that was screened at several international and national film festivals. Professionally José Ramón works as director and assistant director for cinema, television and publicity projects, collaborating with filmmakers such as Carlos Bolado, Julio Hernández Cordón, Maryse Sistach, José Buil and Jorge Michel Grau. Help Me Make it Through the Nightis his first feature film. He is currently developing his second feature film.

Film:
Ayúdame a pasar la noche

Section:
Market Screenings


divulgacion@elccc.com.mx

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Miguel Uriegas

Winner of Ariel for Best Animated Feature in 2016 with the film "La increíble historia del niño de piedra". Graduated from the Vancouver Film School in Entertainment Business Management, Miguel founded Fotsíntesis Media together with Jaime Romandía in 2013, becoming the hallmark of Entertainment with Cause of Mantarraya. Miguel is currently producing "A Disguise for Nicholas" the second animated feature of the label.

Film:
El ángel en el reloj

Section:
Market Screenings

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Fernanda Romandía

She studied Photography at Parsons School in New York, at the Escuela Activa de Fotografía en el Distrito Federal and Cinematography at the Maine Film Workshops. She has participated in several short films and feature films as director of photography. He directed 2 short films that have been selected in different important festivals around the world. Participated in the XII Biennial of photography of the City of Mexico. She is currently working on fixed photography and cinematography projects. The PACÍFICO feature was his first feature.

Film:
Just Meet

Section:
Market Screenings

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José Buil

Screenwriter, director, producer and editor: He directed The legend of the mask director on Paternal Line. Co- directed The Comet, screenwriter on Violet Perfume, director on Free hands and co- director on The girl on the stone. Screenwriter on Emma’s Bra. Director on Doctor Funes’ Formula. Writer and director on Crimes at Mar del Norte.

Film:
Los crímenes de Mar del Norte

Section:
Market Screenings


buil68@hotmail.com

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Jose Álvarez

After working for 12 years in radio broadcast, Jose Álvarez directed the short film Venus, which obtained several national and international awards in the festivals of Morelia, Rotterdam and Toulouse.

In 2009, he finished his first feature film Flowers in the Desert, a documentary about the Huichol people that obtained the Special Mention for documentary feature film at the Morelia Film Festival, and that took part in the official selection of Hot Docs and Cine Latino, among other festivals.

In 2011, his second documentary Canícula received the FIPRESCI award in Thessaloniki, the SIGNIS Award in Cine Latino and the Jury Prize at the Riviera Maya Film Festival. It was also presented at the Guadalajara Film Festival, at the Havana Film Festival and at the MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight.

Jose Álvarez is the producer of the documentary Echo of the Mountain by Nicolás Echevarría, premiered at the Cinéma du Réel in 2014, and presented in the Native section at the Berlinale.

Film:
Los ojos del mar

Section:
Market Screenings


regina@somospiano.com

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Alejandra Islas

Graduate of CUEC, UNAM. Alternates between making documentaries and teaching in the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos (UAEM). Since 2006 promotes iberoamerican documentaries through the Festival of Memory in Morelos. Her works have received the Ariel de Plata and Rovirosa awards and the Public’s Award at the Morelia Festival in Mexico, a nomination for the US Emmy Award, plus awards and acknowledgements in Bolivia, Korea and Spain for her documentaries : Molinet’s case, The eternal circle, Muxes, The Demons of Eden, The shelter.

Alejandra has been juror in several festivals in México and other countries and has participated during 6 years in Doculab (FICG).

Member of the National System of Creators since in 2011 and 2016. Her recent documentary The light and the power (2017).

Film:
La luz y la fuerza

Section:
Visions


alejandraislasc@gmail.com

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Anaïs Huerta

From French and Spanish origin, she completed two Masters in Political Science in France and Canada. In 2006 she created Amaina Films in Mexico City with Raul Cuesta, producer and photographer, a company where they produced short and long documentaries- as independent projects or for NGOs and communication medias- and teach documentary workshops in Mexico and abroad. Anais has been working in Spain, Mexico, France, Bolivia, Canada, India and Haiti. In 2009 she directed Rehje (68mn, Mexican Film Institute), an award winning long documentary about the life of an indigenous woman in Mexico. Rehje has won six international awards and has been selected in more tan 70 film festivals accross de world.

Film:
David, el regreso a la tierra

Section:
Visions

Film:
La búsqueda

Section:
Le Doc day


ahuerta@amainadocs.com

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Enrique García Meza

In his first years collaborated in different areas of the production in diverse commercial films and tv series: Ámbar, Luis Estrada; De Tripas, Corazón; Antonio Urrutia; El Espinazo del Diablo, Guillermo del Toro; Men With Gunes,John Sayles; Un Toke de Roc, Sergio García; La Revancha, Alfredo Gurrola; El Cometa de Marissa Sistach y José Buil, among others productions.

For sixteen years, he has been creating and working on the program Producir es Cosa de Todas y Todos (me late chocolate films y talleres) In a rural, indigenous and / or vulnerable areas of the Mexican Republic for the production of short films with children and adults. He has produced and directed more than 60 short films. Directed the TV series “Los niños cuentan” a production of Bertha Navarro and Canal Once (IPN).

Film:
Ayotzinapa

Section:
Visions


bnavarrosolares@gmail.com

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Hatuey Viveros

In 2009 he was awarded in the "Kodak Filmschool Competition" for Best Latin American Cinematography for his work in the film "La canción de los niños muertos". In 2014 he received an award granted by the International Documentary Association for best documentary cinematography for the documentary “Elevator”.

His film, “Café (Cantos de humo)”, got the Sesterce D´Or, in Visions Du Reel 2014, as well as the Kukulkan Award in the Riviera Maya Film Fest 2014, the Abrazo Award in Biarritz, Best Latin America documentary granted by Cinema Tropical in NY and it was included in the New York MoMa programming, among other awards.

Film:
Notas para no olvidar

Section:
Visions


alejandro@gavilancine.com

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Marta Ferrer

Marta Ferrer graduated with a degree in Cinematography from ESCAC (Barcelona). In 2006, she received a scholarship to study at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico, where she directed her first documentary El Varal, which won Best Documentary at Morelia Film Festival in 2010. In 2011 after completing a Masters in Documentary Filmmaking at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), she returned to Mexico, to film her second documentary.

Film:
A morir a los desiertos

Section:
Visions


alejandro@gavilancine.com

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Juan Carlos Rulfo

After graduating in Communication Science at Mexico City's Metropolitan Autonomous University, Rulfo went on to study Film Directing at Mexico's CCC Center for Film Studies. He has taken part in numerous national and international film festivals, and has been granted multiple awards for his work.

He is a member of Mexico's National System of Art Creators. He is currently working on his sixth feature-length documentary film, called Érase una vez (Once Upon a Time), which reflects upon childhood and the new generations, offering an allegory regarding imagination and the future.

It is important that Mexico articulates an audiovisual language to discuss issues such as justice and human values, which have been abused and neglected for so long. That is why documentary filmmaking is such an ideal format to explore the changing and slippery reality of our country.

Film:
Juan, Pata de Perro… Cien años con Juan Rulfo

Section:
Visions


internacional@imcine.gob.mx

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Flavio Pedota

Venezuela film director. His first short film was in homage to the 138 radio stations in Venezuela that were censored by the government in 2009, that film then was official section of Sombor Film Festival in Serbia. His second short film Trata de Blancas, which was selected at the Ibero-American Viart festival in Caracas. After several acknowledgments by Amnesty International Venezuela as a prominent filmmaker in favor of human rights in the Basta de Balas campaign. He made his first fiction feature called "Infection" which was selected in Blood Window Argentina, under the Ventana del Sur market. He was then winner of two awards in Guadalajara Construye and invited to the Marché Du Film of Cannes.

Film:
Infección

Section:
Producers Network

Section:
FICG goes to Cannes


desenlacefilms@gmail.com

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Rigoberto Perezcano

Rigoberto Perezcano, is a filmmaker and documentalist. His first documentary, "XV en Zaachila" (2001), participated in different festivals, receiving several prizes, national and international. Among them, best Mexican documentary in the first edition of the Morelia International Film Festival. “Norteado” (2009) is a production of Tiburón Filmes, and is his first feature fiction as a writer and director, which participated in more than 60 International Festivals, winning multiple awards as a writer and director. "Norteado", became in 2010, the most internationally awarded Mexican film.

He won a Rockefeller-MacArthur Ford Scholarship for to write the film "Carmín Tropical" (2014). He was also a Scholarship holder of the National System of Art Creators (2010) for this project. "Carmín Tropical" had its national premiere in the twelfth edition of the International Film Festival of Morelia, and won the Best Mexican Film Award. The film was nominated for ten Ariel awards.

He is the founding president of the civil association OaxacaCine. And he is currently writing his next feature: "the lovers say goodbye", which has the support of the National System of Art Creators (2015), which is planned to film in the first half of 2018. He is founding partner of Paloma Negra Films, producer company of "Eisenstein in Guanajuato" Directed by Peter Greenaway and that had its world premiere in Berlínale 2015

Film:
Los amantes se despiden con la mirada

Section:
Producer Network

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Claudio Marcone - Liú Marino

Claudio Marcone first feature film In the Grayscale won the award for Best First Film at the Miami International Film Festival and the jury award for Best First Film in Frameline San Francisco. Liú Marino is a Chilean photographer and filmmaker. She was the first Latin American to win the International Prize Roberto Rossellini in Italy with her script El Baile. She has worked as first assistant director in feature films for Chilean filmmakers such as Marcela Said, Fernando Guzzoni, Rodrigo Sepúlveda and Dominga Sotomayor.

Film:
Ausencia

Section:
FICG goes to Cannes


claudio@tantanfilms.cl

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Ianis Guerrero

Mexican. Known for his work as an actor (We are the Nobles, Crows Club, Blue Demon, Almost Divas, Kipatla, etcetera.) Ianis has developed a parallel career as a director and scriptwriter. He has directed in Mexico, France and Turkey more than 10 short films, several commercials and his first feature film, Juan y Vanesa.He has been awarded around the world for his work as director and scriptwriter, winning various scholarships and residences (Berlinale Talent Campus Berlin, BINGER Film Lab Amsterdam, Prix Beaumarchais France, Kars Film Prize NISI-MASA, Prize for Young Art in Direction Mont Blanc- Morelia Film Fest).

Film:
Juan y Vanesa

Section:
FICG goes to Cannes


ianis.gr@gmail.com

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Carlos Morelli

He has lectured on filmmaking and screenwriting at universities in Uruguay, Chile, China, Mexico, Germany and Spain. In 2005 he was invited to the Berlinale’s Talent Campus and in 2008 he was Artist-in-Residence nominated by the DAAD’s jury. He has made more than ten short films that were exhibited and awarded at prestigious festivals.

Film:
Mi mundial

Section:
FICG goes to Cannes


luciagaviglio@gmail.com

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Jorge Leyva

Director and cinematographer. Founder of La Tuerca Films. He has directed short films that have travelled around the world. His first film was recognized as Best Mexican Debut Film in festivals. In 2016 he directed his second feature film My demons never swore solitude.

Film:
Mis demonios nunca juraron soledad

Section:
FICG goes to Cannes


latuerca@me.com

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Jimena Montemayor

Graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico, specialized in direction and cinematography with a cum laude mention. She is a director, photographer, and scriptwriter. In 2013 she founded the company Conejo Media. En la Sangre was her first feature film.

Film:
Restos de viento

Section:
FICG goes to Cannes


conejomediamx@gmail.com

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Nuria Ibañez

Director Nuria Ibáñez (Madrid, 1974) studied Screenwriting in Mexico City. In 2008 her first documentary THE TIGHTROPE, produced with the Jan Vrijman Fund, won the Regards Neufs Award in Visions du Réel 2009 and was selected, among others, in IDFA, Morelia, Plus Camerimage, VIENNALE, True / False. The Tightrope was nominated for Best Documentary at the Ariel Awards. In 2010 she founded, with filmmaker Mercedes Moncada, the production company Miss Paraguay Producciones. Her second film THE NAKED ROOM (2013) was the most awarded Mexican documentary of 2014 and was chosen by Slant Magazine of New York as one of the 20 best films of 2014. The Naked Room won Best Documentary at the following film festivals: Buenos Aires (BAFICI), Mar del Plata (MARFICI), Morelia, MIRADASDOC, REC of Tarragona, FICUNAM and Special Mention at the Vancouver Film Festival. The film was premiered at the Anthology Film Archives in New York and at the Cineteca Nacional in 2014.

Film:
Una corriente salvaje

Section:
Le Doc day


tatiana.graullera@gmail.com

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