Santiago Mitre (Buenos Aires, 1980) is a film director, producer and scriptwriter. His films, including El estudiante (The Student, 2011), Paulina (2015), and La Cordillera (The Summit, 2017), have garnered more than 45 national and international awards. For Paulina, he received the Fipresci award at Cannes as well as the Gran Prix during Critics’ Week. The same film also won the prize for Best Latin American Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival. At the Locarno International Film Festival, El Estudiante won the Silver Leopard; and La Cordillera received eleven Argentine Film Academy nominations. As a scriptwriter, Mitre has worked with renowned directors like Walter Salles, Damián Szifron, Pablo Trapero and Peter Webber.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1980, Mitre studied film at Argentina’s Universidad del Cine (FUC). In 2004, he co-directed El amor (primera parte) (Love, part one), a film presented at the Buenos Aires Film Festival (BAFICI) and the Venice Film Festival. Since 2006, when he began writing for film and television in 2006, he has co-written scripts for three features with director Pablo Trapero: Leonera (Lion’s Den, In Competition at Cannes, 2008); Carancho (The Vulture, Un Certain Regard, 2010) and Elefante blanco (White Elephant, Un Certain Regard, 2012). In 2011, Mitre wrote and directed his first feature-length movie El Estudiante, which won awards at Locarno, Gijon, Cartagena, BAFICI and other film festivals. Paulina, his second film as both scriptwriter and director, premiered during Critics’ Week at the Cannes Festival in 2015, winning the Gran Prix for Best Film and the Fipresci award. Paulina went on to win prizes at festivals in San Sebastian, Torino, Chicago, Beijing, Cairo and Havana, among others. His third feature, La Cordillera, starred Ricardo Darín and was shown at the Cannes Festival 2017 and at numerous festivals worldwide. It was nominated for eleven Argentine Film Academy Awards.