Tierra Caliente

In Colombia, where there are no seasons, it is common for people from cold cities to travel to warmer parts of the country, the Tierra Caliente (Hot Lands), in search of a summer sojourn. Culturally, Tierra Caliente has become a place where anything can happen… where anyone can let go and be free.
As the mercury rises, a secret turns a trip to Tierra Caliente into a weekend that Veronica, Lucia and their boyfriends will never forget.

  • Alvaro D. Ruiz
    Director
    Amanecer (Daybreak), Three Parts to a Hug, Parking Lot, Armando
  • Alvaro D. Ruiz
    Writer
  • Jaime Reyes
    Producer
  • Maruia Shelton
    Producer
  • Alvaro D. Ruiz
    Producer
  • Maruia Shelton
    Key Cast
    Narcos, This Time Tomorrow, The Crack
  • Monica Chavez
    Key Cast
    Desterrada
  • Esteban Garcia
    Key Cast
  • Andres Gamez
    Key Cast
    Karen Cries on a Bus
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Tierra Caliente
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 18, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    Colombia
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Wollongong Film Festival
    Wollongong
    Australia
    October 29, 2016
    Honourable Mention
  • Indianapolis International Film Festival - Indy Film Fest
    Indianapolis
    United States
    July 17, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • IndieBO - Bogota Independent Film Festival
    Bogota
    Colombia
    July 18, 2015
    Colombian Premiere
  • National Cultural Awards
    Medellin
    Colombia
    October 19, 2017
    Nominee - Best Short Film
  • Roselle Park Loves Shorts Film Festival
    New Jersey
    United States
    September 23, 2017
    Best Foreign Film
  • Krajina Film Festival
    Bihać
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    July 24, 2017
  • San Francisco Latino Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    September 20, 2016
    USA West Coast Premiere
  • London Latin American Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 14, 2016
    European Premiere
  • Image of the South Film Fest / La Imagen del Sur
    Cordoba
    Spain
    November 10, 2017
  • International Humanist Short Film Festival - Le MUP
    Montreal
    Canada
    April 29, 2017
  • Bogota Short Film Festival
    Bogota
    Colombia
    December 10, 2016
  • Light Film Festival / Festival Luz
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    August 22, 2016
  • QueerPopcorn Film Festival
    Locarno
    Switzerland
    October 21, 2017
  • Bogota Film Festival
    Bogota
    Colombia
    October 25, 2017
  • Yoni Film Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 17, 2016
  • Ciclo Rosa Film Festival
    Bogota, Cali, Medellin, Barranquilla.
    Colombia
    June 11, 2016
  • iChill Short Film Festival
    Manila
    Philippines
    June 24, 2017
    Audience Award
  • Kannibal International Short Film Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    July 23, 2017
  • Cucuta International Film Festival
    Cucuta
    Colombia
    July 3, 2016
  • International Hall Of Light
    Bogota
    Colombia
    May 28, 2016
  • Short Shorts / Pantalones Cortos
    Medellin
    Colombia
    November 14, 2015
  • Bogoshorts Sessions @ Bogoshorts Film Festival
    Bogota
    Colombia
    November 24, 2015
  • Festival Of Colombian Queer Cinema
    Bucaramanga
    Colombia
    June 27, 2016
  • Intravenosa Film Festival
    Cali
    Colombia
    August 5, 2016
  • Cortos de Largo Alcance / Long reach Shorts
    Medellin
    Colombia
    July 28, 2017
  • Eureka Film Festival
    Bogota
    Colombia
    September 19, 2016
  • El Saman Film Festival
    Viterbo
    Colombia
    October 14, 2016
  • Tadeo Film Week / Semana Del Cine Tadeísta
    Bogota
    Colombia
    September 12, 2015
Director Biography - Alvaro D. Ruiz

Alvaro is a Colombian-Australian filmmaker who has worked in drama, documentary and music videos. His work has screened and received awards at international festivals, and in six occasions he's been invited to screen a selection of his works at various Colombian cities.

Some of Alvaro’s most noted works include DAYBREAK (Amanecer), a short film shot in Australia, winner of 3 international awards and labeled by Screen Junkies as “one of the 10 best independent short films of the 2000s”; PARKING LOT and THREE PARTS TO A HUG (short films); and Vina Lynch’s music video FURIA, starring renowned Colombian actor Andres Parra. He was also DOP of the short film 7:23, winner of the Grand Prix at the 2008 One Take Film Festival in Croatia.

In 2015 he directed the 20 episode TV Series CALLE SONORA. TIERRA CALIENTE, his most recent short, had its Colombian premiere at Bogota’s Indie Film Festival - IndieBo.
He currently lives in Bogota, where he is developing his first feature film.

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Director Statement

There are many times in which we revisit our past in order to judge our decisions, wrong or right.
But such is life, where only one choice can be made at a time.