"To capture the most terrible sensations in the world is what has defined my chaotic way of thinking. A way that some have found beautiful". -L. Maria I. Ruiz Ocadiz.
Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz was born in 1983 in Mexico City, in the cradle of a family of musicians. A fanatic of the seventh art, Mexican melodrama and classical literature, she developed her abilities in different artistic disciplines from an early age, including Acting for Musical Comedies at the Artestudio academy. Years later, she graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (her thesis in the "Incidency of Nervous Anorexia and Bulimia in a group of female ballet dancers" was selected by the Tepeyac University Degree Department as the best of 2007). Being a cinephile, she gained a certain popularity online as an amateur movie reviewer, years before the rise of modern social media. This was a milestone that led her to collaborate with the online magazine "F.I.L.M.E. Magazine", providing her cinematographic analysis of several works, and to be featured as a guest in National Polytechnic Institute Radio (Radio Instituto Politécnico Nacional). In 2010, she attained a scholarship from the General Society of Writers of Mexico (SOGEM), and upon finishing her studies in literature —while working as a member of the Neurological Center Research Department at the ABC Medical Center Hospital—, she contributed to the aforementioned insitution's scientific magazine "Medical Annual" (Anales Médicos) while looking for a creative outlet. It was then when, in 2014, CONACULTA (today the Ministry of Culture [Secretaría de Cultura]) selected her as the Art House and Auteur Film T.V. spot screenwriter for the Cinema 22 film block, at Channel 22 (Canal 22). Her artistic career naturally branched off into the making of the short films "Dreams & Realities" (Sueños y realidades, 2016) and "The Gift" (El Regalo, 2015) —the latter being shot the same year she began her Film Directing education through a course personally instructed by mexican filmmaker and actor Diego Luna—, both of which she wrote and directed, ultimately getting them screened in several National Festivals; particularly that of the National Cinematheque of Mexico (Cineteca Nacional De México), "Pantalla de Cristal". Maria then decided to take a more formal step at increasing her knowledge with a Master's Degree in Cinematography from Altrafílmica, which at the end she complemented —after being chosen for a scholarship by the editor, writer and director Juan Pablo Cortés ("Love Hurts" [Amar te duele, 2002]; "Luciana", 2010)— with the Film Editing course at the Center for Cinematographic Studies (CEC) in Mexico City. In 2018, she married actor, producer and film editor Roberto Eduardo Arenas Farquet, and enjoyed a well-deserved break from cinema that led her to publish three literary fiction novels: "Amnesty", (Amnistía, 2018), "Steve's boater: Truth and life" (El canotier de Steve: La verdad y la vida", 2020), and "A wakefulness of indocility" (Un desvelo de indocilidad, 2021); the latter being adapted to film by Maria and and scheduled for release on the summer of 2024.
Maria currently resides somewhere in the beautiful and mysterious Mexico, where she enjoys conversations about literature and cinema with her husband; while tending to the endless demands of her two attention-freak cats.
Official Selection
Love without a casket
Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions by Lift-Off Global Network
Buckinghamshire
2023
Best Short Film Finalist
Love without a casket
London International Monthly Film Festival
London, England
2023
Honorable Mention
Love without a casket
Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
Athens, Attica
2023
Best Art Coordinator Semi-Finalist / Best Assistant Director Semi-Finalist
Love without a casket
NexGn International Short Film Festival
Pune, Maharashtra
2023
Official Selection
We are a motive
Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions by Lift-Off Global Network
Buckinghamshire
2023
Best Writer Finalist / Best International Actress Finalist
We are a motive
NexGn International Short Film Festival
Pune, Maharashtra
2023
Official Selection
Misplace the rabbits
Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions by Lift-Off Global Network
Buckinghamshire
2023
Official Selection
Neither you nor I
Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions by Lift-Off Global Network
Buckinghamshire
2023
Best Short Film Nominee
Neither you nor I
Kalakari Film Fest
Patna, Bihar
2023
Best Editing Award Winner
Love without a casket
Gully International Film Festival
Patna, Bihar
2022
Best Trailer Award Winner
Love without a casket
Sittannavasal International Film Festival
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
2022
Best Foreign Short Award Winner
Love without a casket
Bettiah International Film Festival
Bettiah, Bihar
2022
Official Selection
Love without a casket
Horror Unleashed
Porto (Oporto)
2022
Best Editing Finalist
Love without a casket
Ekurhuleni International Film Festival
Germiston, Gauteng
2022
Honorable Mention
Love without a casket
Golden Sand International Film Festival
İstanbul
2022
Best Experimental Short Award Winner / Best Silent Short/Feature Award Winner
Love without a casket
Nawada International Film Festival
Nawada, Bihar
2022
Official Selection
Love without a casket
Dulcísimo Ovario Festival de Cine y Video Femenino
Pachuca, Hidalgo
2022
Women's Rights Award Winner
Love without a casket
First Women Film Festival
Tabriz, East Azerbaijan
2022
Official Selection
Love without a casket
Golden Giraffe International Film Festival
Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
2022
Best Experimental Film Nominee
Love without a casket
Cannes Shorts
Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
2022
Official Selection
Love without a casket
International Brightlight Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2022
Official Selection
Love without a casket
Filmysea International Short Film Festival
Dombivli, Maharashtra
2022
Best Experimental Short of the Month Award Winner
Love without a casket
Gothamite Monthly Film Awards
New York, New York
2022
Honorable Mention
Love without a casket
Indie Online Film Award
Kyiv (Kiev)
2022
Official Selection
Love without a casket
Bizarrya Short Film Festival
Porto (Oporto)
2022
Best Editor Award Winner
We are a motive
Gulf Indie International Film Festival
Dubai, Dubai
2022
Best Film Poster Nominee
We are a motive
AltFF Alternative Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario
2022
Best Short Film Award Winner
We are a motive
Gully International Film Festival
Patna, Bihar
2022
Best Editor Award Winner
We are a motive
Indo-Singapore International Film Festival
Kallal, Sivaganga
2022
Best Editor Award Winner / Best Trailer Award Winner
We are a motive
Rohip International Film Festival
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
2022
Best Editor Award Winner
We are a motive
Subathra International Film Festival
Tirupattur, Tamil Nadu
2022
Official Selection
We are a motive
Asia Film Festival
Mumbai
2022
Best Female Director Award Winner / Best Foreign Short Award Winner
We are a motive
Nawada International Film Festival
Nawada, Bihar
2022
Best Short Film Quarter-Finalist
We are a motive
Serbest International Film Festival (SIFF)
Kishinev
2022
Best Poster/Press Kit Winner
We are a motive
MegaFlix Film Awards
Gloucester, England
2022
World's Best Filmmaker Award Winner
We are a motive
World's Best Filmmaker Award
Nawada, Bihar
2022
Best Female Director Award Winner
We are a motive
Ashoka International Film Festival
Nawada, Bihar
2022
Best Writer Award Winner
We are a motive
195 Countries Film Festival
Patna, Bihar
2022
Official Selection
We are a motive
Golden Wheat Awards
İstanbul, Turkey
2022
Official Selection
We are a motive
Shiny Sparkle Independent Online Film Festival
Online Event
2022
Official Selection
We are a motive
Paradise Film Festival
Budapest, Pest
2022
Honorable Mention
We are a motive
Indie Online Film Award
Kyiv (Kiev)
2022
Best Trailer
Misplace the rabbits
Rohip International Film Festival
Tamil Nadu, Sivaganga
2022
Official Selection
Misplace the rabbits
Dulcísimo Ovario Festival de Video y Cine Femenino
Pachuca, Hidalgo
2022
Best Poster
Misplace the rabbits
MegaFlix Film Awards
Gloucester, England
2022
Best Female Director Nominee
Misplace the rabbits
Tokyo International Short Film Festival
Tokyo
2022
Best Human Rights
Misplace the rabbits
New Wave Short Film Festival
Munich, Bavaria
2022
Best Micro Film
Misplace the rabbits
Roma Short Film Festival
Rome
2022
Best Micro Film
Misplace the rabbits
New York Tri-State International Film Festival
New York, New York
2022
Best Female Director Winner
Neither you nor I
Gully International Film Festival (GIFF)
Patna, Bihar
2022
Best Short Film & Best International Actress Nominee
Neither you nor I
Thokoza Film Festival
Thokoza (Tokoza), Gauteng
2022
World's Best Director Award Winner
Neither you nor I
World's Best Filmmaker Award
Nawada, Bihar
2022
Best Short Film
Misplace the rabbits
Gully International Film Festival
Patna, Bihar
2021
Official Selection
Misplace the rabbits
Bettiah International Film Festival
Bettiah, Bihar
2021
Best Short Film Semi-Finalist
Misplace the rabbits
Adamawa Film Festival
Jimeta, Adamawa
2021
Best Editing Super Short Film Semi-Finalist
Misplace the rabbits
Sweden Film Awards
Stockholm
2021
Official Selection
Misplace the rabbits
Guttercast Festival
Online Event
2021
Best Super Short Drama Nominee
Misplace the rabbits
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
2021
Official Selection
Misplace the rabbits
Abbey Film Festival
London, England
2021
Official Selection
Neither you nor I
Cooper Awards
Online Event
2021
Best International Short Film Semi-Finalist
Neither you nor I
NexGn International Short Film Festival
Pune, Maharashtra
2021
Official Selection
Neither you nor I
Bitesize Film Festival
Online Event
2021
Official Selection
Neither you nor I
Indie Online Film Award
Kyiv (Kiev)
2021
Official Selection
Neither you nor I
Guttercast Festival
Online Event
2021
Birth Date
October 25, 1983
Birth City
Mexico City
Current City
Mexico City
Hometown
Mexico City
Gender
Female
Zodiac Sign
Scorpio
Married To
Roberto Eduardo Arenas Farquet
"To capture the most terrible sensations in the world is what has defined my chaotic way of thinking. A way that some have found beautiful". -L. Maria I. Ruiz Ocadiz.
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