Alejandro Pelayo Rangel

Year of participation at FICM as member of the jury: 2018 Michoacán Section and Short Film Screenplay Contest

After studying a combination of law, administration, film, and art history, he graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a law degree, then earned a master’s at the Monterrey Institute of Technology. He continued with studies in film and television in London, as well as a specialization course in cultural management and policy offered by Mexico’s Autonomous Metropolitan University, the International Labour Organization, and Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He earned a Ph.D. degree with honors in art history from the UNAM, defending a dissertation on Mexican cinema in the ’80s.

His career has alternated between academia and the world of film and television. He was a full-time professor and director of the administration program at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, and he has taught courses on the history of Mexican and international cinema. He has made four feature-length films, all of which won national and international awards: La víspera (1982), Días difíciles (1987), Morir en el Golfo (1989) and Miroslava (1992). He also directed two television series: Los que hicieron nuestro cine and Los que hacen nuestro cine for Canal Once and Canal 22, respectively.

Pelayo Rangel has served as general director of the Mexican Film Institute (Imcine). From April 2001 to October 2013, he was the Cultural Attaché to the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles and a visiting lecturer in Mexican cinema at the University of California in Los Angeles. In 2012, the Imcine and the Secretariat of Culture published his book El cine mexicano de los años ochenta: La generación de la crisis. He is currently the general director of the México’s National Film Archive.