Marina Stavenhagen

Screenplay writer and film promoter, she holds a degree in Communications from the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico, and she also graduated in film writing at Mexico’s Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica.

Her professional activity has always been divided between writing for the screen and promoting film and filmmaking. She has served as juror in numerous film festivals in Mexico and abroad, such as the Sundance Film Festival, the San Sebastian Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival. She is founder of the San Cristobal de las Casas International Film Festival, specialized in identity, diversity and human rights; and collaborates as Film Curator at the ArteCareyes Film&Arts Festival in Mexico, as well as at the Morelia International Film Festival, in charge of the Forum of Indigenous Peoples.
She was Chairwoman of the Mexican chapter of Women in Film and Television International (WIFT) and Director General of the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE).

As a screenwriter, she has written several awarded films and series for public television. She has taught screenwriting and has been a consultant for numerous film productions. She is a regular advisor and tutor for the filmmaking Filmmakers Developing Projects Workshop (Fundación SGAE, EGEDA & Ibermedia) in Madrid, and at the NOKA Mentoring Series in San Sebastian, Spain. Since 2017, she works along with prestigious producer Bertha Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth; The Devil’s Backbone; The Thin Yellow Line; Sonora) running the Screenwriters Lab at the Morelia International Film Festival, in collaboration with the Sundance Film Institute.

Her work for film includes the features EN MEDIO DE LA NADA (Hugo Rodríguez, 1992); Gran Premio Fecimex for Best Feature Film; DE LA CALLE (Gerardo Tort, 2001), winner of several Mexican Academy Awards as well as other awards and acknowledgements in Mexico and the world. She also co-wrote the screenplay for the films LA ULTIMA NOCHE (Alejandro Gamboa, 2005); LA GUERRILLA Y LA ESPERANZA: LUCIO CABAÑAS (G. Tort, 2005); VIAJE REDONDO (Gerardo Tort, 2009); ¿ALGUIEN HA VISTO A LUPITA? (Gonzalo Justiniano, 2012); NAHUI (Gerardo Tort, 2019); LOPON (Everardo González, 2019); MURMULLOS DEL SILENCIO (A. & E. Cohen, 2021); and the TV series CIEN AÑOS CON JUAN RULFO (Juan Carlos Rulfo, 2017), among other work.

She is currently preparing the documentary features MEXICO CITY, with Juan Carlos Rulfo, and FRIDA’S GAZE, with Trisha Ziff; as well as the drama films THE BROKEN YEARS, with Gerardo Tort, FAMILY ALBUM and A WOMEN STORY.

The French Government acknowledged her with the Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters Medal. In 2019, she was accepted as a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

She is currently Vice President of the Mexican Film Academy (AMACC).

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