Fernando Cortizo is a distinguished film director of recognized talent. His work in animated films is well regarded, and he is further known for his documentaries and scriptwriting.
His animation stereoscopic feature film “O Apóstolo” won like six “Mestre Mateo” awards from the Academia Gallega, was nominated for a Goya , the Spanish Academy Awards, and was pre-selected for the Oscars. This film also received the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and many other international awards.
His latest documentary, “Terry’s Way,” follows NBA player Terry Porter on the road to Santiago in an effort to raise funds for a worthy charity and, at the same time, share the inspiring experience of the St. James Way.
In SHKID he combines his two passions, the animation and the documentary, to deal with a story in which he has been immersed for several years, since his young son participated as an actor in the performance of the Brundibar opera.
In that representation he met and was able to interview the survivor Dagmar Lievlová. Since then he has been deepening and investigating everything that happened in that the Terezín Ghetto Camp until making the script of the film that we present here. In his own words: “Everything that is remembered never dies, and the short lives and great works of all those children must remain in the memory and be an inspiration for the generations to come”
Director of the Center for Modern Languages of the USC
Coordinator of the English section of the USC Center for Modern Languages
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In 2003 he founded the International Jewish Film Festival in Mexico and directed it for the next 10 years. This festival is a yearly event, and the films are exhibited commercially in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Cancun, Merida, and Queretaro. Added to this, the festival tours 27 universities across the country and is presented in various cultural venues. Each year, the Jewish Film Festival attracts upwards of 25,000 spectators nationwide. Since 2009, Armar Media, the company under his direction, has financed feature films and documentaries, and dance and music productions as well as stage productions thanks to Tax Incentives 189 and 190 of the Mexican Income Tax law. Armar Media has partly funded the films “La Otra Familia,” “Acorazado,” and “Entre Sombras,” and co-produced for stage “Requiem,” “La Extinción de los Dinosaurios,” and Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House.” “Konrad” and “Los Ingrávidos”– In the works are his productions of the film “Ni Tuyo, Ni Mía”, and the theater pieces “Un Judío Común y Corriente”, “Amor Oscuro”, “Elefantes” and dance performance “Códices”.
Arón lost an important part of his family in the Holocaust
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