Director and Screenwriter with experience in 21 short films, 4 web series, 7 music videos and more than 100 commercial videos, achieving 23 awards and 45 festivals around the world, as well as exhibitions in cinema theaters, TV and VOD.
Director and Screenwriter with experience in 21 short films (10 narrative and 11 documentaries), 4 web series, 7 music videos and more than 100 commercial videos, achieving 23 awards and 45 festivals around the world, as well as exhibitions in cinema theaters, television networks and VOD. As a writer-director he has mainly focused on the science fiction genre, seeking to develop stories that inquire scientific and philosophical subjects. As a documentary director, he has focused on exploring cultural and artistic practices. And as director of commercial projects, he has focused on digital content in short format.
In 2012 he graduated with honors in Audiovisual Communication from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), where he wrote and directed his first 7 narrative short films, exploring different genres and styles. During that time he also directed 5 micro episodes for the TV show Historias en un Minuto, broadcast by the RCN international network (Colombia). In 2012 he wrote and directed the fantasy and romance short film Our World, winner of 6 awards in 16 festivals around the world, which premiered at the FELAFACS 2012 meeting (Latin America), obtaining the Telefónica Award for Creativity in Digital Contents. The following year, premiered on YouTube Déjà Vu, a 12-episode sci-fi web series that he created and directed, which has positioned to date as the most award winning Colombian web series, achieving 14 awards at 18 festivals in countries such as USA, Canada, Italy, Spain, Mexico and Argentina, including 7 awards for Best Web Series and 5 related to Sci-Fi. His successful career led him between 2013 and 2018 to direct and make more than 100 audiovisual pieces for different artists, companies, institutions and brands such as Mastercard, Hush Puppies, Merrell, MinCultura, IDARTES, Motorola, Canal Trece, BAM, among others. Then in 2018 he premiered at the Vertical Film Festival (Australia) his next short film as a writer and director titled Standpoint, with which he seeked to explore the growing vertical format (9:16), achieving selections in 5 international festivals, including 3 focused on vertical cinema. In 2019 he premiered at the Bogotá Short Film Festival Bogoshorts (Colombia) Loop, his new sci-fi short film as writer-director, where he won the Best Editing award and the following year he won the Best Science Fiction award at the Trash Film Festival (Croatia) and the Official Selection at the Santiago Horror Film Festival (Chile). Based on his extensive experience in short content, in 2019 he decided to found his company Short Now, dedicated to the development, production and sales of short-format content such as short films and web series, with which he has directed and produced 11 original short films and has closed international deals for cinema theaters, pay TV and VOD.
He currently has 5 projects in development: Loop, a feature film about the paradoxes of time traveling, a screenplay selected at the Residencia Iberoamericana de Guion 2019 and supported by the FDC Estímulos Automáticos 2019 fund granted by Proimágenes Colombia and the CNACC; AI, feature film about the consequences of artificial intelligence and human interactions; Pandemic, a short film that explores social inequality in the midst of a pandemic; Sin Salida, a short film about a mother and her teenage son who must work as a team to escape from a group of zombies; and El Amor en Tiempos de Pandemia, a short film in times of isolation, where He and She begin a love story through their windows. Additionally, in 2020 he started a group of screenwriters, with whom he is developing 1 short film and 1 TV series.
Official Selection
Loop
NOX Film Fest
Salto
2021
Winner of the Mental Health Awareness Award
Our World
LTUE Film Festival
Utah
2021
Our of Competition: Latin American Shorts Section
Loop
Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Festival
Buenos Aires
2020
Official Selection
Loop
Mostra de Cinema Fantástico Cine Horror
2020
Official Selection
Loop
Santiago Horror Film Festival SHFF
Santiago de Chile
2020
Winner 2nd Place for Best Short Film
Loop
Atacama International Horror Film Festival FICTA
Atacama
2020
Winner for Best National Short Film
Loop
Bogotá Horror Film Festival
Bogotá D.C.
2020
Winner for Best International Sci-Fi Short Film
Loop
Madrid Sci-Fi Film Festival
Madrid
2020
Winner for Best Sci-Fi Film
Loop
Trash Film Festival
Varaždin
2020
Official Selection
Standpoint
Sero Festical de Cortos Verticales
2020
Official Selection
Standpoint
Yatay Festival Vertical
Córdoba
2020
Official Selection - VedoVerticale
Standpoint
Linea d’Ombra Festival
Salerno
2020
Official Selection
Standpoint
VerticalMovie Festival
Rome
2020
Winner for Best Editing
Loop
Bogotá Short Film Festival BOGOSHORTS
Bogotá D.C.
2019
Official Selection
Standpoint
Vertical Film Festival VFF
Katoomba
2018
Winner for Best Sci-fi Web Series, Winner for Outstanding Sci-fi Director, Winner for Outstanding Sci-fi Writing, Winner for Outstanding Sci-fi Lead Actor, Winner for Outstanding Sci-fi Music Composer
Déjà Vu
Los Angeles Web Fest LAWEBFEST
Los Angeles
2014
Official Selection
Loop
Fixion Fantasy and Horror Film Festival
Nominated for the FantLatam Grand Honorary Award as Best Latin American Short Film of the Year
Loop
FantLatam Awards
Latin America
Official Selection
Standpoint
The Lift-Off Sessions
Online
Official Selection
Standpoint
Cefalù Film Festival
Official Selection
Standpoint
VertiFilms Pague
Prague
National Panorama Selection
Our World
Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes El Espejo
Bogotá D.C.
Official Selection
Our World
Muestra Audiovisual Ventanas
Bogotá D.C.
Official Selection
Our World
Cortopropio InternaMuestra Internacional de Cortometrajes de Cortopropiotional Short Film Screening
Official Selection
Our World
Festival Latinoamericano de Cortometrajes Pehuencortos
Official Selection
Our World
Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Cine a la Calle FICICA
Barranquilla
Official Selection
Our World
Festival Internacional de Cine de Montería
Montería
Official Selection
Our World
Festival Internacional de Cine de Barichara FICBA
Barichara
Official Selection
Our World
Festival de Cine de Bogotá BOGOCINE
Bogotá D.C.
Official Selection
Our World
Diàspora: Festival de Cine Colombiano de Barcelona
Barcelona
Official Selection
Our World
Zero Film Festival
Los Angeles
Nominated for Best New Talent
Our World
Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena
Winner for Best Editing
Our World
Premios Césares
Manizales
Winner for Best Screenplay
Our World
Premios Césares
Manizales
Winner for Best Narrative Film
Our World
Encuentro Latinoamericano de Facultades de Comunicación Social FELAFACS
Lima
Winner for Best Drama
Our World
International Student Film Festival Hollywood ISFFH
Los Angeles
Winner of the Telefónica Award for Creativity in Digital Content
Our World
Encuentro Latinoamericano de Facultades de Comunicación Social FELAFACS
Lima
Winner for Best International Short Film
Our World
Monfragüe Films Festival
Monfragüe
Official Selection
Déjà Vu
The Lift-Off Sessions
Online
Nominated For Best Web Series
Déjà Vu
Indiewise Virtual Festival
Official Selection
Déjà Vu
Viewster Online Film Fest VOFF
Online
Official Selection
Déjà Vu
Rolda Web Fest
Roldanillo
Official Selection
Déjà Vu
Festival Internacional de Series web de Medellín FISMED
Medellín
Semi-finalist Web Series & Indie Film Competition
Déjà Vu
Nextv Entertainment - Web Series & Indie Film Competition
Official Selection
Déjà Vu
Carballo InterPlay Festival de Contenidos Digitales CIP
Official Selection
Déjà Vu
Ariano International Film Festival AIFF
Official Selection
Déjà Vu
HollyWeb Festival
Official Selection
Déjà Vu
São Paulo Webfest SPWEBFEST
Winner for Best Editing
Déjà Vu
Campi Flegrei Web Series Fest
Winner for Best Web Series
Déjà Vu
Festival de Cine Corto de Popayán
Popayán
Winner for Best Web Series
Déjà Vu
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival UGPFF
Winner for Best Sci-fi Web Series, Nominated For Best Latin American Web Series
Déjà Vu
Baja Web Fest BWF
Baja
Winner for Best Ibero-american Web Series, Winner for Best Ibero-american Lead Actor
Déjà Vu
Buenos Aires Web Fest BAWEBFEST
Buenos Aires
Winner for Best Foreign Web Series
Déjà Vu
Roma Web Fest RWF
Rome
Winner for Best Sci-fi Web Series
Déjà Vu
Vancouver Web Fest VWF
Vancouver
College
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Social Communication with an emphasis in Audiovisual Production
20072012
Nickname
AFilmByJuan
Birth City
Bogotá D.C.
Current City
Bogotá D.C.
Hometown
Bogotá D.C.
Gender
Male
Director and Screenwriter with experience in 21 short films, 4 web series, 7 music videos and more than 100 commercial videos, achieving 23 awards and 45 festivals around the world, as well as exhibitions in cinema theaters, TV and VOD.
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