Stand up and fight for your dreams.
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 34 international awards.
The Lights of Dawn, Sadie's latest movie has received 10 international awards since February 2021.
  • Producer (6 Credits)
    The Lights of Dawn2021
    Short
    Another Day in Hell (Music Video)2019
    Music Video
    When the Music Stops Playing2018
    Short
    Blown Away (Enchufados)2017
    Short
    Maybe Someday2017
    Short
    DMUS2015
    Short
  • Director (6 Credits)
    The Lights of Dawn2021
    Short
    Another Day in Hell (Music Video)2019
    Music Video
    When the Music Stops Playing2018
    Short
    Blown Away (Enchufados)2017
    Short
    Maybe Someday2017
    Short
    DMUS2015
    Short
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    The Lights of Dawn2021
    Short
    When the Music Stops Playing2018
    Short
    Blown Away (Enchufados)2017
    Short
    Maybe Someday2017
    Short
    DMUS2015
    Short
Official selection
The Lights of Dawn
Muestra de Cortometrajes Aragoneses
Zaragoza
2021
Winner Best Female Director (Sadie Duarte) and Finalist Best Non English Speaking Film
When the Music Stops Playing
Out of the Can International Film Festival
Derby
2020
Official Selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Ficmarc - Caribbean Sea International Film Festival
La Asunción
2020
Official selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Festival de Cortometrajes Gallo Pedro
Almería
2019
Official Selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Semana de Cine de Lugo
Lugo
2019
Official selection
When the Music Stops Playing
XVII Muestra de Cortometrajes Aragoneses
Zaragoza
2019
Official selection (Nominee: Best Foreign Film)
When the Music Stops Playing
Brightside Tavern Film Festival
New Jersey
2019
Three awards: Best Foreign Film, Best Child Actor (3rd place): Diego Gurpegui and Best Movie Poster (2nd place)
When the Music Stops Playing
Sunny Side Up Film Festival
Oklahoma
2019
Official Selection (Best International Comedy Short Film)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Ficmarc - Caribbean Sea International Film Festival
Pampatar
2019
Official Selection
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Amazing Shorts! Film Festival
Madrid
2018
Official selection
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Muestra de Cortometrajes Aragoneses
Zaragoza
2018
Official Selection
Blown Away (Enchufados)
The Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest
New Jersey
2018
Winner: Best Woman Filmmaker (Sadie Duarte). Official selection: Best Narrative Short Film, Best Music and Best Trailer.
DMUS
Barcelona Planet Film Festival (September 2017)
Barcelona
2017
Semi-finalist (winners will be announced by Dec 10)
The Lights of Dawn
Berlin Shorts Award
Berlin
Semi-finalist
The Lights of Dawn
London Indie Short Festival of 24 frames
London
Best VFX - Runner Up: editor Fernando Medel (Winner) and Finalist: Best Foreign Film
The Lights of Dawn
Out of the Can International Film Festival
Derby
Best Director - Sadie Duarte (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
FilmCon Awards
Los Angeles
Best Film Poster - Juan Moro (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Prague International Film Awards
Prague
Best Director - Sadie Duarte (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Robinson Film Awards
Naples
Best Music - Daniel Angelus (Winner), Best Original Idea (nominee), Best Cinematography (nominee), Best Actor - Jesús Marco (nominee)
The Lights of Dawn
Top Indie Film Awards
Tokyo
Best VFX (Fernando Medel) (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival
Tokyo
Best Voice Actor - Iván Gisbert (winner), Best Actor in an Indie Film - Cotton Filgaira (winner). Best Performance of Fest: Cotton Filgaira (finalist).
The Lights of Dawn
Actors Awards
Los Angeles
Narration/Voice-Over Talent (Iván Gisbert) (Winner - Award of Merit). Movie Trailer (Winner - Award of Merit)
The Lights of Dawn
Accolade Global Film Competition
La Jolla
Best Director of a Musical - Bronze Award (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Best Director Award - New York
New York
Award of Excellence, Best Original Score - Daniel Angelus (Winner), Award of Excellence, Best Experimental Short (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Best Shorts Competition
La Jolla
Award of Merit, Acting: Cotton Filgaira (Winner), Award of Merit, Experimental Short (Winner), Award of Recognition, Drama Short (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Cinema WorldFest Awards
Los Angeles
Best VFX (Fernando Medel) (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Athens International Monthly Film Festival
Athens
Grand Jury Award: Best Voice Over (Iván Gisbert) (Winner), Best Trailer (Honorable Mention) (Winner), Best Musical (Finalist)
The Lights of Dawn
Oniros Film Awards - New York
New York
Official selection
The Lights of Dawn
Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards
Rome
Best Experimental Short (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Creation International Film Festival
Los Angeles
Best Duo - Cotton Filgaira & Jesús Marco (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Best Actor Award New York
New York
Nominated in six categories: Best Editing, Best Sound, Best FX, Best Art Direction (Sadie Duarte), Best Wardrobe, Best Makeup
The Lights of Dawn
Premios Simón del Cine Aragonés
Zaragoza
Official selection
The Lights of Dawn
Red Movie Awards
Reims
Best Experimental Short (Winner) & Best Actor - Cotton Filgaira (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
World Premiere Film Awards
Los Angeles
Best VFX (Fernando Medel) (Winner) and Best Film Poster (Juan Moro) (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Kosice International Film Festival
Kosice
Best Drama (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Couch Film Festival
Toronto
Best Drama International (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
Altff Alternative Film Festival
Toronto
Best Musical (Winner), Best Soundtrack (Daniel Angelus) (Finalist), Best Trailer (Finalist), Best Voice Over (Iván Gisbert) (Winner)
The Lights of Dawn
New York International Film Awards
New York
Official Selection (Best Music Video)
Another Day in Hell (Music Video)
Florence Film Awards
Florence
Honorable Mention (Winner)
When the Music Stops Playing
London International Monthly Film Festival (LIMFF)
London
Official selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Cowpokes Int'l Film Festival
Electra
Silver Award - Best Director of Drama (Sadie Duarte) (Winner)
When the Music Stops Playing
Best Director Award
New York
Official selection
When the Music Stops Playing
London Indie Short Festival of 24 Frames
London
Best Producer (Sadie Duarte) - Award Winner
When the Music Stops Playing
Vesuvius International Film Festival
Campania
Official selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Venice Shorts
Venice
Best Music (Fernando García Munera) - Winner. Best Actor (Roberto Millán) - Nominee, Best Twist (Sadie Duarte) - Nominee, Best Director (Sadie Duarte) - Nominee
When the Music Stops Playing
Top Indie Film Awards
Tokyo
Award of Merit: Best Drama
When the Music Stops Playing
Vegas Movie Awards
Las Vegas
Honorable Mention: Indie Filmmaker (Winner)
When the Music Stops Playing
Festigious Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Official selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Screen Power Film Festival
London
Women Filmmakers (Sadie Duarte) (Winner). Original Score (Fernando García Munera) (Winner)
When the Music Stops Playing
Accolade Global Film Competition
La Jolla
Official selection (Semi-finalist)
When the Music Stops Playing
Best Director Award
London
Official Selection (Finalist)
When the Music Stops Playing
KIMFF
Kosice
Grand Jury Award - Best Drama (Winner) and Finalist: Best Director (Sadie Duarte)
When the Music Stops Playing
New York International Film Awards
New York
Best Drama (Winner)
When the Music Stops Playing
FilmCon
Los Angeles
Honorable Mention: Best Ensemble
When the Music Stops Playing
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles
Best Ensemble (Winner) and Honorable Mention: Original Story
When the Music Stops Playing
Top Shorts
Los Angeles
Official Selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Indie Short Fest
Los Angeles
Official selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Mindie - Miami Independent Film Festival
Miami
Gold Award: Best Ensemble (Winner)
When the Music Stops Playing
Best Actor Award
Aosta
Official selection. Best Poster (Carlos Lorente) and Best Director: Sadie Duarte (nominees)
When the Music Stops Playing
Continental Film Festival
Toronto
Best Writer - Sadie Duarte (Winner)
When the Music Stops Playing
Couch Film Festival
Toronto
Official Coronet Selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Queen Palm International Film Festival
Palm Springs
4 awards: Best Director (Sadie Duarte), Best Actor (Roberto Millán), Best Supporting Actor (Secun de la Rosa) and Best Script (Sadie Duarte)
When the Music Stops Playing
World Premiere Film Awards
Los Angeles
Honorable Mention: Best Drama. Winner: Best Poster
When the Music Stops Playing
Oniros Film Awards
Saint-Vincent
Official Selection Young Film Market
When the Music Stops Playing
Young Film Market - Social World Film Festival
Napoli
Official selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Florence Film Awards
Florence
Best Supporting Actor - Secun de la Rosa (Winner)
When the Music Stops Playing
Cinema World Fest Awards
Los Angeles
Official selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
Official Selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Creation International Film Festival
Los Angeles
Official selection
When the Music Stops Playing
Prisma Independent Film Awards
Rome
Best Drama Film (Winner) and Best Movie Poster (Semi-finalist)
When the Music Stops Playing
European Cinematography Awards (ECA)
Warsaw
Official selection. (Best Writer - Sadie Duarte) (Nominated)
When the Music Stops Playing
Alternative Film Festival
Toronto
Official selection
When the Music Stops Playing
MedFF
Siracusa
Official selection Spring 2020 (Best Comedy) (Winners will be announced on March 30th)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Couch Film Festival
Toronto
Official selection (Best comedy - nominee)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Continental Film Festival
Toronto
Best of Year 2019 - Finalist Best Ensemble of Year 2019
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Oniros Film Awards
Saint-Vincent
Best Comedy Short (Winner)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Indie Short Fest
Los Angeles
Award of Merit: Latin/Hispanic Women Filmmakers
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Accolade Global Film Competition
La Jolla
Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film (Honorable Mention): Pablo Escamilla (Winner)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
South Film and Arts Academy Festival
Rancagua
Best Ensemble (Winner), Best Comedy (Honorable Mention), Best Original Song (Finalist)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Oniros Film Awards
Aosta
Official selection
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Mindie - Miami Independent Film Festival
Miami
4 Awards: Gold Awards: Best Acting Ensemble, Best Actor: Paco Arévalo, Best Comedy Short and Best Female Director: Sadie Duarte (Silver Award)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles
Official selection
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Gold Movie Awards
London
Best Comedy Film (Winner)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
European Cinematography Awards
Warsaw
Award of Merit, Best Comedy (Winner)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
World Premiere Film Awards
Ottawa
Award of Merit: Best Comedy Short (Winner)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Cinema WorldFest Awards
Ottawa
Best Ensemble (Winner)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Top Shorts
Los Angeles
Best Supporting Actor - Pablo Escamilla (Winner)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Creation International Film Festival
Ottawa
Best Comedy (Winner) and Best Supporting Actor - Roberto Millán (Winner) (February 2018)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Festigious
Los Angeles
Best Ensemble (Official Selection)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles
Honorable Mention: Ensemble (Winner)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
New York Film Awards
New York
Best Duo - Paco Arévalo and Secun de la Rosa (Winner), Best Supporting Actor - Roberto Millán (Nominated)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Actors Awards
Los Angeles
Best Comedy (Winner)
Blown Away (Enchufados)
Alternative Film Festival
Toronto
Best Twist (Winner), Best Music (Merrick Wells - Nominee), Best Writing (Sadie Duarte - Nominee), Best Actress (Inma Chopo - Nominee)
Maybe Someday
Top Indie Film Awards
Tokyo
Best Actress: Amelia Rius (Winner)
Maybe Someday
AltFF Alternative Film Festival
Toronto
Honorable Mention: Women's Film
Maybe Someday
Virgin Spring Cinefest
Kolkata
Official Selection
Maybe Someday
Aab International Film Festival
Moga
Official Selection
Maybe Someday
Festival for Drama and Family
Toronto
Best Actress (Amelia Rius) (Winner), Best Narrative Film (Official Selection), Best Trailer (Official Selection)
Maybe Someday
Barcelona Planet Film Festival
Barcelona
Giulio Penzo's Award (Winner) (Merrick Wells - Composer)
Maybe Someday
MedFF
Syracuse, Sicily
Official selection
Maybe Someday
Fesancor
Santiago de Chile
Official selection
Maybe Someday
Visualízame
Jaén
Official selection
Maybe Someday
FIC - ESMI
Buenos Aires
Official selection
Maybe Someday
Muestra de Cortometrajes Aragoneses
Zaragoza
Finalist August 2019
DMUS
Florence Film Awards
Florence
Finalist Best Original Soundtrack
DMUS
Out of the Can Film Festival
Derby
Best Musical Short Film (Winner)
DMUS
South Film and Arts Academy Festival
Rancagua
Official selection
DMUS
Move Me Productions Belgium
Antwerpen
Honorable Mention
DMUS
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
Official selection
DMUS
Mindie - Miami Independent Film Festival
Miami
Honorable Mentions: Best Indie Filmmaker (Sadie Duarte) and Best Original Score (J. Calderón)
DMUS
Global Film Festival Awards
Los Angeles
Best Director, Best Music and Best Actress (Tiffany Daniels) (Official Selection)
DMUS
Top Indie FIlm Awards
Los Angeles
Official Selection
DMUS
Rome Elephant Film Awards
Rome
Best Musical Short Film (Winner) and Special Mention: Original Music (J. Calderón) (Winner)
DMUS
Five Continents International Film Festival
Anzoategui
Best Indie Filmmaker (Sadie Duarte) (Winner) and Best Score (Jesús Calderón) (Winner)
DMUS
Top Shorts
Los Angeles
Best Musical (Winner) (February 2018)
DMUS
Oniros Film Awards
Aosta
Best Score (Jesús Calderón) (Winner) - February 2018
DMUS
Festigious
Los Angeles
Best Supporting Actress (Tiffany Daniels) - Winner. Best Original Score (Jesus Calderón) - Winner
DMUS
Melbourne City International Film Awards
Melbourne
Best Woman Director (Winner) (December Session 2017)
DMUS
European Cinematography Awards
Warsaw
Official selection
DMUS
MedFF
Syracuse, Sicily
Official selection (Semi-finalist)
DMUS
Los Angeles CineFest
Los Angeles
(Winner) Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actress (Bahia Gold) - November 2017
DMUS
Actors Awards
Los Angeles
Best Ensemble (Honorable Mention)
DMUS
Los Angeles Film Awards (November 2017)
Los Angeles
Best Woman Filmmaker (Winner)
DMUS
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival (October 2017)
Los Angeles
Best Music (Winner), Best Drama (Finalist)
DMUS
ALTFF (Fall 2017)
Toronto
Gender
Female
Eye Color
Hazel
Zodiac Sign
Aries
Sadie Duarte has received 89 international awards for her five movies (updated May 2021).
Sadie Duarte is considered as one of the 30 female directors to follow by Festigious International Film Festival in Los Angeles (USA). (September 2018).
In April 2019 Sadie was selected as a finalist screenwriter at the prestigious La Almunia Film Festival in Spain.
"I'm a soul of fire"
"I only believe in the School of Life"
"I'm just a miller of dreams"
Stand up and fight for your dreams.