Lorena Padilla was born in Guadalajara, Mexico.
She has a BA in Audiovisual Arts from the University of Guadalajara and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts/NYU, where she attended as a Fulbright scholar.
She has been moving around the world and in the last fifteen years she has lived in Mexico, England, Spain, Ecuador and Peru where she has worked as a producer, screenwriter and director.
Her feature film script” MARTINEZ” participated at the Script Station/Berlinale Talents, Script & Pitch/Torino Film Lab, Cine Qua Non Lab and the Screenwriting Workshop at Havana Film Festival. This project was supported by Tribeca Film Institute, Austin Film Society, Jalisco Film Commission and the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) getting the Screenwriting, Development Grant and FOPROCINE, the quality production fund.
“Martinez” was shot during December 2020 and January 2021 in Guadalajara, Mexico and is currently in postproduction. Francisco Reyes (A Fantastic Woman, Academy Ward best Foreign Film 2018) is the protagonist of the film, with Humberto Busto (Amores Perros, Oso Polar) and Martha Claudia Moreno (I promise you anarchy).
With Rodrigo Reyes, Guggenheim Fellow and Sundance Fellow, she wrote his new documentary project “499”, which was selected on Tribeca Film Festival 2020 and Hot Docs.
She is currently Professor of Practice at SMU in Dallas, Texas, teaching screenwriting and film directing.