Laura Amelia Guzmán Conde
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on May 7th 1980, Laura Amelia Guzmán graduated from Altos de Chavón / The School of Design, where she studied fine arts and photography. After exhibiting in photography shows, she attended the International Film and Television School in Cuba, specializing in cinematography. During that period she photographed and directed several short films and documentaries; one of them, "Antesala" was selected in the International Competition at Cinema du Reel Film Festival.
Since 2004, she has lived in Mexico where she works with her husband Israel Cardenas, with whom she shares script, photography, production and direction credits in their first feature film "Cochochi" that had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival Official Selection 2007 (Orizzonti Section). It won the Diesel Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Award at the Miami and Toulouse Film Festivals and Fipresci Awards at Gijón and Toulouse Film Festivals. "Cochochi" has been screened at Rotterdam, Habana, Río de Janeiro, Jeonju, Gotteborg and Buenos Aires films festivals among others.
She is currently working on her second feature film "Jean Gentil" to be shot in the Dominican Republic, this project has the support of the Hubert Bals Fund and participated in august 2008 in the Open Doors Factory where the Locarno Film Festival, Visions Sud Est and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation awarded “Jean Gentil” a collaboration to the production.