Participant profile: Marcela Fernández Violante

Today we zip to México to discover more about screenwriter, director and union activist, Marcela Fernández Violante.

Mexican delegate: Marcela Fernández Violante

Marcela Fernández Violante

Marcela was born in México City, and was one of the first generation of graduates from Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC). Upon her graduation she began her career with a documentary about artist Frida Kahlo. The film won an Ariel – the Mexican Academy Award – for “Best Documentary.”

As a professional Writer and Director she has made seven feature films: De Todos Modos Juan te Llamas (1975) shown in the Museum of Modern Art  in New York as The General’s Daughter, followed by Cananea (1977), Misterio (1980), En el Paìs de los Pies Ligeros (1981), Nocturo Amor que te Vas / Love Lost in Darkness (1986), Golpe de Suerte / Lucky Break (1992), and Acosada (2002). Her work has won several national and international awards, and Marcela has the largest filmography of any female director in Latin America.

She is a full-time Professor,  teaching “Dramatic Structures and Genres”, at the Centre for Cinematographic Studies, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México,  where she also served as Academic Director from 1985-1989.

In 2000 she was elected General Secretary (President) of the Sindicato de Autores y Adaptadores de Cine de México, as well as General Secretary of the Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Producción Cinematográfica (STPC – the Film Production Union), which is a Confederation of workers that unites three Guilds (Actors, Writers and Directors) and Technicians (sound engineers, photographers, art directors, etc) as a single worker’s union.


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