DIRECTOR. FILMMAKER. STORYTELLER

​​I was born in the beautiful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. My mother is German, my father is Panamanian, so I guess I am a Puertorrican mixed dog of sorts. I consider myself a universal citizen with very strong Puertorrican roots.

I went to a Jesuit High School in Puerto Rico and then studied a BA in Political Science at PRINCETON UNIVERSITY in New Jersey. I studied Law in Puerto Rico, and went in between to the New York Film Academy in 1996, where I got my first taste of Filmmaking. I finished my law degree in 1999 and left the next day to Germany to pursue my dream to become an artist and filmmaker. I never liked being a lawyer! I moved to Germany, studied fiction film direction and advertising direction at the renowned ACADEMY OF TELEVISION AND FILM of MUNICH (HFF MUNCHEN). There  I shot fiction short films, ads, documentaries and my diploma short film "AURORA" (24 mins, fiction, anamorphic) which has won numerous prizes and is currently doing Festivals around the world. ​

 

For me, film is a way of expressing my ideas, and desires. It is a way of showing that I am "Alive and Kicking", as The Simple Minds would say. In terms of aesthetics, the filmmakers that influence my visual style the most are: Krysztof Kieslowski, Stanley Kubrick,  David Fincher, Ridley Scott, Jonathan Glazer, Robin Kempe-Bergman, Chris Cunningham, Michael Mann, Zhang Yimou, Jacques Audiard, Julio Medem, Christopher Nolan and David Lynch. They are all great in their own kind of way.​​

 

I love sports: surfing, basketball, tennis and everything beach-related. My heroes: Kelly Slater, Michael Jordan, Roger Federer, Muhammad Ali. And not to forget. I was born on an island, so the ocean is my second home.​ "See you in the water", as we say in Puerto Rico.

Photo of Philip Escobr Jung
foto by JULIAN ERKSMEYER

Awards for "AURORA"

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WINNER BEST SHORT FILM - TAOBA - 2019.pn
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WINNER AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD -  RIFF Rin
WINNER BEST MUSIC - QUEEN PALM INTERNATI
WINNER BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - QUEEN PALM
WINNER BEST STUDENT SHORT - QUEEN PALM I
SILVER WINNER BEST YOUNG ACTRESS - QUEEN
BRONZE WINNER BEST PRODUCER - QUEEN PALM
SILVER WINNER BEST DIRECTOR - QUEEN PALM

10th FICAIJ - AUDIOVISUAL FESTIVAL FOR KIDS & TEENS, MERIDA, VENEZUELA, NOV 2019 

Best Short Film

 

FAN CHILE - Audiovisual Festival For Kids in SANTIAGO, CHILE, SEPT. 2019

Best Short Film Long Format

 

MOSCOW SHORTS 2019 MARCH

Best Director

Best Short Film

TAOBA International Youth Film Festival 2019

Winner Young Audience Award Best Short Film

QUEEN PALM INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2019 FEBRUARY

Gold Winner Best Student Short

Gold Winner Best Cinematography

Gold Winner Best Music

Silver Winner Best Director

Silver Winner Best Young Actress

Bronze Winner Best Producer

MYRTLE BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MBIFF 2019

Best Cinematography (Bernd Effenberger)

First runner up Best Foreign Short Film.

RINCON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

RIFF 2019

Audience Choice Award

WORLDFEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018

REMMI Award

ESPELKAMP SPITZiale 2017

Silver Jury Prize Best Short Film