FICM Mexican

Cuesta, Raúl

Compañía productora, Dirección, Edición, Fotografía, Guión, Producción. MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, 1974

He studied international business at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores (ITESM), received a master’s degree in computer systems from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and took a course in narrative photography by the Pedro Meyer Foundation and the World Press Photo organization. He has worked in several television shows, music videos and documentaries. He produced and photographed David ou le retour à la terre (2013) by Anaïs Huerta, and he has participated in the making of several Mexican feature films. He competed in the 4th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) with his short fiction film Máximo (2006). His first feature Rehje (2009), co-directed with Anaïs Huerta, won a Special Mention for a Documentary Made by a Woman at the 6th FICM; as well as the award for Best Documentary at the 2nd International Film Festival on Human Rights in Mexico (DHFEST); the award for Best Documentary at the 6th Independent Documentary Film and Video Latin American Meeting: All Voices Against Silence, Mexico; the Young Hope Award at the 20th Présensce Autochtone Festival in Montreal, Canada; the Jury Prize at the 5th Indigene International Film Festival in Katmandú, Nepal; the Grand Prix at the 5th Documentary Festival, L’Amérique Latine en Documentaries in Lyon, France; and a nomination for an Ariel for Best Documentary at the 52nd Ariel Awards, Mexico. He received various grants for the creation of his second feature length documentary, Los días no vuelven (2015): from the Fund for Quality Film Production (FOPROCINE, in Spanish) and the Promotion Program and Cultural Co-Investments of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), in 2011, as well as the Media Arts Fund Grant, in 2013, from the Tribeca Film Institute, United States, among others. He was selected to participate with this feature project in the Coproduction Forum at the 1st Riviera Maya Film Festival (RMFF), Mexico. Los días no vuelven participated in the 4th RMFF; the 11th Monterrey International Film Festival, México; and was part of the Official Selection of the 13th FICM. He is in the process of making his third feature film Los días por venir, selected for the Documentary Pitching of the 7th DocMontevideo, Uruguay.