José Antonio is a socially conscious filmmaker specializing in documentaries. Currently, he is focused on independent film projects while completing his MFA degree at the Université du Québec in Outaouais, Canada.
In 2015, José's first feature-length documentary, "Carlitos," premiered at the BAFICI festival in Argentina and screened in theaters throughout Ecuador. His work has since been showcased in over 40 international film festivals and has won two international awards.
José's passion for filmmaking began at a young age, working alongside his parents on the "Ñahui" series, which explores indigenous and black cultures in Ecuador. After studying directing and editing in Argentina for eight years, he returned to Ecuador to teach filmmaking at various institutions. In 2010, he co-founded La Vérité Films, a production company responsible for producing over 90 episodes of national television. The company was awarded the Social Relevance Award from TAL Television Latin America in 2015.
In 2023, José was selected as a member of the BANFF/Netflix Diversity of Voice cohort, and in 2021, he was also selected as part of the P.R.I.S.M.E program cohort organized by Main Film in Montreal. These accolades are a testament to José's talent and commitment to the art of filmmaking.