LLUÍS QUILEZ – FANTROBIA AWARD 2021
Born in Barcelona in 1978. He graduated in Film Direction from ESCAC.
In 2003 he premiered his first fiction short film as director and screenwriter and also his degree project: The Next, which obtained 17 international awards, including the Méliès d’Argent as the best European fantastic short in 2004. Later would come Avatar (2005) and Yanindara (2009) premiered at Sitges International Film Festival and obtaining 96 awards at various international festivals between them both. Notably, Avatar managed to qualify for the Academy Oscars in 2007.
In 2015, his first fiction feature film as a director, Out of the Dark (2015) with a script by Pastor brothers and Javier Gullón, premiered at Tribeca festival. It is a fantastic thriller that was released in more than thirty countries.
Also, in 2015 he began his career as a producer by founding Euphoria Productions based in Barcelona. His first work as producer-director was the short film Graffiti, premiered in Sitges where it was awarded and ended up obtaining 50 international awards, among which, once again, the Méliès d’Argent, the Forqué award as well as the Goya and Gaudí nominations are worth mentioning, and it was shorlisted at the Hollywood Academy Oscars as part of the 10 most important jobs of the year worldwide in 2017.
With Euphoria Productions, in parallel to his career as a director, he started a production line of short films by young talents on the national scene with El iluso by Guillem Almirall and Gigi 33 by Pol Armengol, both released in 2019.
During the last ten years, he has combined his career as a director with teaching, currently being a professor at the ECIB and the ESCAC in the specialty of Script and Directing, in addition to regularly giving seminars and masterclasses at various national universities.
In January 2021, his second feature film as a director has been released. Its title is Below Zero and it was produced by Netflix. It is an action thriller that, in just one month since its release, has managed to become the most watched non-English language film on the platform, leading the ranking in more than fifty countries and reaching more than 46 million households, which means more than 100 million viewers worldwide.