Profiles

Here you will find the profiles of directors, producers, audiovisual producers, actors, technical staff, etc. That by their trajectory and recognition have a prominent place in the national cinema.

Producer, Production manager, Line producer, Executive Producer, Production Manager, Production of Field

Paola Pérez Nieto

peliculasinercia@gmail.com

Paola Andrea Pérez, born in Cali, Colombia, has served as production manager and field producer for some of the most successful Colombian films in recent years. Her first feature as a producer, César Acevedo’s Land and Shade, received the Caméra d'Or (Golden Camera) at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The film also picked up several other awards at Cannes: Le Grand Rail d'Or (Golden Rail), an audience award given out by members of the French Ceux du Rail railway association; the SACD prize, awarded by the Society of Authors to one of the seven films in competition; and the France 4 Visionary Award, given to a visionary director showing exceptional creativity and innovation.
 
Pérez graduated from the Universidad del Valle in 2009 with a degree in Communications and Journalism; she also studied “Field Production and Executive Production in the International Market" at the EICTV (International School of Film and Television) in San Antonio de los Baños. Since 2012, she has been a partner with Burning Blue, a production company dedicated to risk-taking film and structures that stand up on their own.
 
With Burning Blue, she has produced the feature films Violencia by Jorge Forero (2015), which had its word premiere in the Forum section of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival; Land and Shade by César Acevedo (2015); and co-produced Diego Lerman’s Refugiado (2015), a Colombian-Argentinean co-production selected for the Director's Fortnight at the 2014 Cannes Festival. She is currently working on the development of Desobsesión by Jorge Navas and Diana Bustamante’s documentary Segovia.
 
Also with Burning Blue, Pérez was production manager of Fungi (2014), the second feature film by Oscar Ruiz Navia, produced by Contravía Films and Burning Blue in co-production with France and Germany. Fungi won the Filmmakers of the Present Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival, as well as many other international awards. From 2011 and 2012, she was production manager and post-production coordinator for Juan Andrés Arango’s La Playa D.C., produced by Séptima Films and Burning Blue. La Playa D.C. took part in Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2012 and won the 2008 FDC incentive award for production, as well as grants from Fonds Sud Cinema and the Hubert Bals Fund. During this period, she also produced William Vega’s La Sirga, a production of Contravía Films and Burning Blue, which took part in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2012 and won numerous international awards and grants.
 
Her experience as a producer has included the short films La campana (2012 FDC winner) and Los pasos del agua, both written and directed by Cesar Acevedo; Sara (2013 FDC winner); and Adentro by Ingrid Pérez. Pérez was also executive producer of the shorts Sin decir nada by Diana Montenegro and Escondite by Marcela Gómez, and production manager for Diana Montenegro’s Magnolia.
 
In 2015, she was production manager of Felipe Guerrero’s Oscuro animal, and in 2013, she held the same position on the feature film Nacimiento (Delivery) by Martín Mejía, produced by YoReinaré Producciones and selected for the Film in Progress section at the 2013 San Sebastian Film Festival. She was production manager on Franco Lolli’s feature film Gente de bien (2015), produced by Evidencia Films (Colombia) and La Znec (France), which was screened in the Critics' Week at Cannes 2014.
 
She was field producer of Oscar Ruiz Navia’s debut film Crab Trap, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. Crab Trap has won numerous prizes, including the Fripresci award at Berlinale 2010 and the First Film Special Jury Award at the Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba. In 2010, she worked as distribution coordinator with Contravía Films, where she handled distribution for Crab Trap and worked as production manager for Marcela Gómez’s short film Flores, winner of the 2010 FDC incentive award for short film.

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