Lorena Padilla was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. She graduated with a B.A. in Audiovisual Arts from the University of Guadalajara, and studied abroad one year at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. In Barcelona, she participated as a co-writer in the short film 53
, which won the Best Script Award in the Nova Autoria Section at the Sitges Film Festival 2002. Since then, she has been moving around the world and, in the last seven years, has lived in Creel, Mexico; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Guayaquil, Ecuador; and Lima, Peru. In London, Lorena completed a course in Art Direction for Film at Central Saint Martin’s College for Art and Design, and in Madrid she received a Scriptwriting Diploma and began to write her first feature, Celestial Objects
. This project has since been selected to participate in the Script Station at the Berlinale Talent Campus 2009, the Torino Film Lab 2010 and received the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) Scriptwriters Grant 2011. Her past and current projects deal with small everyday stories that pass unnoticed to most people.
Martínez — A gift from a dead neighbor opens up a lonely man’s discovery of life as he starts a relationship with that neighbor through her old belongings.