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Paco Plaza

1973, Valencia, Spain

Paco Plaza holds a degree in Information Science from the Universidad de Valencia and a diploma in Cinematographic Directing from the Escuela de Cine de la Comunidad de Madrid (ECAM).

After extensive experience making high quality short films and earning numerous awards he directed Abuelitos, a magnificent fantasy short film that, in addition to many other prizes, received the award for Best Short Film at the Canal Plus Fantasy Film Festival in San Sebastian and the Canal Plus Award at the Fantasy Film Festival in Brussels. Abuelitos played to audiences at numerous festivals throughout the world, including Fantasia (Canada), Fantasporto (Portugal), Fantafestival (Roma) and L’Etrange (Paris). Later he would go on to film Puzzles, also a winner of various awards such as the INJUVE award for Best Experimental Spanish Short Film (TVE).

Paco’s first feature film was El Segundo Nombre (2002), a screenplay which he wrote with the writer Fernando Marías and which was based on the novel by Ramsey Campbell. It saw him win the Melés Award for Best European Feature Film at the Sitges Film Festival and led to the consolidation of his reputation as one of the most promising new talents in fantasy film. Later, he would film O.T. La Película together with Jaume Balagueró, a documentary-film based on the tour of Operación Triunfo, and also RomaSanta, la caza de la bestia (2004), and Cuento de Navidad (2006).

In 2016 he directs an episode of the successful series on Channel 1, El Ministerio del Tiempo and the film Verónica starring Sandra Escacena which is nominated for 7 Goya Awards.

In 2018 he acts in Quien a hierro mata starring Luis Tosar and which is expected to come to our screens in 2019.

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Paco Plaza with the actor Àlex Monner at the shooting of Rec 3. Genesis, 2012
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Paco Plaza at the shooting of Rec 3. Genesis, 2012

MOVIES
EYE FOR AN EYE · 2018 [Director, Writer]
VERONICA · 2017 [Director, Writer]
REC 3. GÉNESIS · 2013 [Director, Writer]
REC 2 · 2009 [Co-Director with Jaume Balagueró, Writer]
REC · 2007 [Co-Director with Jaume Balagueró, Writer]
CUENTO DE NAVIDAD · 2006 [Director]
ROMASANTA, THE WEREWOLF HUNT · 2004 [Director]
SECOND NAME · 2002 [Co-Director with Jaume Balagueró]
O.T. LA PELÍCULA · 2002 [Director]

SHORT FILMS
ULTRAVIOLETA · 2014 [Director, Writer]
LUNA DI MIELE, LUNA DI SANGE VII · 2010 [Director, Writer]
LO SIENTO, TE QUIERO · 2010 [Director, Writer]
PUZZLES · 2001 [Director, Writer]
ABUELITOS · 1999 [Director, Writer]
TARZÁN EN EL CAFÉ DE LISBOA · 1997 [Director, Writer]
TROPISMOS · 1995 [Director, Writer]

SCREENPLAYS
LLAGAS · 2012 [Dir. Miguel Ángel Font Bisier]
CUARENTENA TERMINAL · 2011 [Dir. John G. Pogue]
QUARANTINE · 2008 [Dir. John Erick Dowdle]

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Goya: Best Original Screenplay · VERONICA
Goya: Best Director · VERONICA
Goya: Mejor Picture · VERONICA
Premios Feroz: Best Motion Picture – Drama · VERONICA
Premios Feroz: Best Director · VERONICA
Premios Feroz: Best Screenplay · VERONICA
Medallas CEC: Best Original Screenplay · VERONICA
Reaper Award: Best Foreign Indie Film · REC
Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer: Jury Award · REC
Fantasporto Film Festival: Best Film · REC
Festival de Cine Fantástico de Sitges: Director · REC
Festival de Cine de Málaga: Director, Nominated · ROMASANTA, LA CAZA DE LA BESTIA

TRAINING
Directing · ECAM~Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid
Journalism · Universidad de Valencia