Wash WestmorelandYear of participation at FICM as member of the jury: 2015 Mexican Feature Film Section Filmmaker
Hailing from Leeds, England, Westmoreland earned his college degree in Politics at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and soon after moved to America to pursue filmmaking. His 2006 movie Quinceañera, co-directed with Richard Glatzer, won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. It later picked up the Humanitas Prize, and the John Cassavetes Spirit Award. The duo’s most recent films have been The Last of Robin Hood, starring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning, and Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth. Still Alice had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival 2014, it received critical acclaim, particularly for Moore, who won awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress. Westmoreland has also worked in TV, making two documentaries for cable television: VH-1’s Totally Gay and a 2004 election piece, Trio’s Gay Republicans. The latter, in an expanded version, won the AFI Festival’s Audience Award for Best Documentary. In 2008 he produced Pedro for MTV films, which had a special introduction recorded by President Bill Clinton. In 2005, his film Quinceañera opened the Morelia International Film Festival.