Graduated with a degree in engineering from the UNAM and studied film and audiovisual media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received the CILECT Teacher Award 2014 from the Centre International Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT, International Association of Film and Television Schools), founded at Cannes in 1955. In March 2015, he received an award from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana–Xochimilco (Mexico’s Autonomous Metropolitan University, Xochimilco campus) for his contributions to the design and supervision of the BA-level workshops in social communication. He worked as the general director of the Estudios Churubusco–Azteca from 1985 to 1993. He was the executive coordinator of Eficine 226/189 in Imcine from 2010 to 2016; founder of the production company Productora A. C. Arte y Cultura en Movimiento in 1993; winner of an Ariel Award and the Silver Goddess for best debut feature in 1996 with his film Juego limpio; and author of the book El guion: Elementos, formatos y estructuras, which has become an essential resource in Mexican film schools and over fifty universities since its first edition in 1983. He has taught screenwriting, directing, and production at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC, Center for Film Training), the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, the UNAM’s Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales (Department of Political and Social Sciences), the Escuela de Escritores de la SOGEM (SOGEM Writers’ School), the Escuela de Escritores de Televisa (Televisa Writers’ School), the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana (University of the Cloister of Sor Juana), the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (Oaxaca’s Benito Juárez Autonomous University), the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (Autonomous University of Mexico State), the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo), and the Universidad Latinoamericana (Latin American University).
He has directed, among others, the documentaries Proyecto Milpa, a co-production by the McKnight Foundation and the UNAM; Zócalo año 2000; Fernando García Ponce; Esto es Estudios Churubusco; Atlixco, granero del siglo XVI; Tonantzin–Virgen de Guadalupe; Help: Un grito de angustia from the documentary series Lustros del siglo XX, coordinated by the UNAM; and Estofados de la Nueva España, nominated for an award from the Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas (Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences). He has produced and directed multiple documentary series for Channel 22 and Channel 11 in Mexico. He has served as a juror at various national and international film festivals and as a thesis and film project advisor. He was recently the general director of the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) at the Centro Nacional de las Artes (National Center for the Arts).
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