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PRODUCER / DIRECTOR

Born in Barcelona in 1978, Lluís Quílez graduated in film direction from the prestigious film school ESCAC (Higher Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia). He began his career as assistant director to several short films, commercial and feature films.

His directorial debut started with the short film “EL SIGUIENTE” (2004, 16’, 35mm colour), which he also wrote, shot in 35mm. It was selected by over 100 festivals, shown in twenty different countries and obtained 17 international awards. Amongst these awards, its nomination for the Méliès d’Or should be pointed out as one of the 8 best short movies of European fantastic cinema in 2005. In addition to “EL SIGUIENTE” being shown in the summer of 2004 in commercial cinemas, distributed by Alta Films and has also been sold to various international television channels.

The release of “AVATAR” (2005, 15’, 35mm colour), his second short film, was screened at the Festival de Sitges in 2005. Short after that, it had been awarded with 60 international prizes, including the Silver Méliès and was also short listed for OSCAR ®2007 Consideration by The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

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In 2009, Quilez completed his third short film, “YANINDARA” (2009, 20´, 35mm, colour): a romantic tragedy with touches of fantasy film, filmed with a cast of gipsy immigrants without any previous acting experience. Produced by ROXBURY, it opened the Sitges Film Festival. Yanindara has been awarded with 36 international awards. Since 2009 Lluis Quílez combines his career on directing commercials along with teaching: delivering lectures on film direction at the University.

Simultaneously, Quilez has also shown interest in writing. To date, he was written two feature film. The first one, “72%,” is a story dealing with a man’s will to survive no matter what. His second “Impure” his second feature film script, a distressing psychological thriller about identity. During summer 2011, Lluís was the 2nd Unit Director of “Painless”, a feature film produced by Roxbury and directed by Juan Carlos Medina.

In January 2015 his first feature film “OUT OF THE DARK/DESDE LA OSCURIDAD” was release in Colombia and USA. A Colombian-set ghost story, produced by Apaches Ent, Dynamo Capital and Participant Media, starring Julia Stiles, Stephen Rea and Scott Speedman. After a few months the movie has been released in a few countries being well  received.

In January 2015 “OUT OF THE DARK/DESDE LA OSCURIDAD” was release in Colombia his first feature film “OUT OF THE DARK”, starring Julia Stiles, Stephen Rea and Scott Speedman. A Colombian-set ghost story, produced by Apaches Ent, Dynamo Capital and Participant Media. After a few months the movie has been released in a few countries being well received.

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After his feature film debut, Lluís returns to short films to present “GRAFFITI”, also his first work as a producer with his own company EUPHORIA PRODUCTIONS. A romantic drama set up in devastated environment, shot in the emblematic and inaccesible city of Pripyat (Ukraine).“GRAFFITI” was released in Sitges Film Festival 2015 winning the Silver Melies.

The most important facet of LLuís Quílez’ career as a scriptwriter and director is his wide knowledge that makes his films rather universal and exciting. The precision in his scripts, his command over the film narrative and language and their visual pace, make these his best tools for dealing with any new project, thus resulting in a combination of strictness, efficiency and excitement pervading all his work.

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Ester Velasco

Line Producer / Producer

Born in Spain in 1979. She is graduated in 2001, in Film Production by the University of Barcelona, in the prestigious film school ESCAC (Higher Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia).

After some years working as a freelance production coordinator, in 2006 debuted as Line Producer in the feature film “Lo Mejor de Mí / The Best of Me” directed by Roser Aguilar.

From 2007 to 2010, worked as Delegate Producer at Escándalo Films, in charge of the production department, developing several feature films such as “Tres días con la familia / Three Days with the Family”, by Mar Coll and the animation TV series “Arròs Covat”.

In 2011 started her work as a freelance line producer, managing mostly international co-productions of feature films, such as “Painless”, by Juan Carlos Medina (Spain, France, Portugal) or “Anna” (USA, Spain, France), by Jorge Dorado.

She also worked as a Producer at Sofa Experience Communications for two years, increasing this way her expertise in the field of advertising.

With the creation of the production company Euphoria Productions, with the Spanish director Lluís Quílez as a partner, she produced their first project GRAFFITI, released at the International Film Festival of Sitges 2015.

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