Born in Zaragoza (Spain), Sadie Duarte is an award-winning filmmaker, writer/screenwriter and executive producer who holds a B.A. in English Studies at UNED, an M.A. in Textual and Cultural Studies in English Language (British & Hollywood Cinema) at University of Zaragoza (which also allows her to be a professional critical reviewer on any topic related to film studies) and an M.A. in Film Direction and Production of TV Shows (University of San Jorge). She is also a graduate screenwriter (HSI, Hollywood, USA) and has three novels for young adults published: Alas Para Soñar (Certeza, 2001), Souls of Fire (Libros Certeza, 2013) and Recordando Bethlem (Certeza, 2016). Sadie Duarte has received eleven literary & academic awards and also works as a teacher of English & translator.
DMUS is the first short musical film that Sadie Duarte wrote, directed and produced with two teams working together in Spain and USA. It’s an international project to promote artists from different countries, actors & musicians which has already got many official selections, 19 awards, among them, Best Indie Filmmaker (Sadie Duarte) and Best Score (Jesús Calderón) at Top Shorts in Los Angeles, Best Musical Short Film and Special Mention: Original Music (J. Calderón) at the Five Continents International Film Festival (Venezuela), Best Musical at Oniros Film Awards (Italy), Best Supporting Actress (Tiffany Daniels) and Best Original Score (Jesus Calderón) at Melbourne City International Film Awards, Best Ensemble (Honorable Mention) at Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Ensemble at the Actors Awards, Best Supporting Actress - Bahia Gold at the Actors Awards, Best Woman Filmmaker at Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Best Woman Filmmaker at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival (Los Angeles, USA), Best Music at AltFF - it includes music by multi award-winning composer Jesus Calderón -, Best Woman Director at the European Cinematography Awards (Warsaw, Poland), Best Score (Jesús Calderón) at Festigious (Los Angeles, USA), Honorable Mentions: Best Indie Filmmaker (Sadie Duarte) & Best Original Score (J. Calderón) at the Global Film Festival Awards in Los Angeles (USA), Honorable Mention at Berlin Flash Film Festival in Germany. DMUS is the first Spanish musical film shot in English language which made it onto IMDb.
In 2016, Sadie also wrote, directed and produced the melodrama Quizás un Día (Maybe Someday) which has received several official selections and five awards, among them the Giulio Penzo Award at Medff in Sicily (Italy), Best Actress Award - Amelia Rius at Barcelona Planet Film Festival and an Honourable Mention (Best Women's film) at Virgin Spring Cinefest (India).
Sadie also wrote, produced and directed the music video So Far by British singer Daniel Angelus.
In May 2017, Sadie wrote, directed and produced the comedy film Blown Away (Enchufados) which started touring the festival circuit in November 2017 and stars two Spanish celebrities, comedian Paco Arévalo and award-winning actor/director/producer Secun de la Rosa. Blown Away (Enchufados) also stars actors Roberto Millán, Pablo Escamilla, María Espinosa, Jorge Aparicio, Manuel Durán, Merrick Wells, Donald Barnett and Rodrigo Moreno. Blown Away has won 21 international awards like Best Comedy at the Alternative Film Festival in December 2017 and Best Duo (Paco Arévalo and Secun de la Rosa) at the Actors Awards in Los Angeles in January 2018. In January 2018, Blown Away won an Honorable Mention: Ensemble at the New York Film Awards. In February 2018 Blown Away won two awards at Festigious (Los Angeles): Best Comedy and Best Supporting Actor - Roberto Millán. On February 27th, Blown Away (Enchufados) won Best Supporting Actor - Pablo Escamilla at the Creation International Film Festival in Ottawa (Canada), Best Ensemble at Top Shorts in Los Angeles, Award of Merit: Best Comedy Short at the Cinema WorldFest Awards in Canada, Best Comedy Film at the European Cinematography Awards in Poland, Independent Shorts Awards in Los Angeles (USA) (June 2018): Gold Awards: Best Comedy Short, Best Actor: Paco Arévalo, Best Acting Ensemble and Best Female Director: Sadie Duarte (Silver Award), Oniros Film Awards (Italy): Best Ensemble & an Honorable Mention for Best Comedy.
In 2017, Sadie Duarte was kindly invited to be a judge at the International Film and Entertainment Festival (IFEFA) in Australia.
In her spare time, Sadie Duarte works as a freelance journalist, writing reviews and articles and helping artists to promote their works in magazines like Punk Globe (Los Angeles, USA).
Sadie's fourth short film When the Music Stops Playing started the festival circuit at the end of December 2018 and has already won 22 international awards.
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