born born 1967, Spain
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is a screenwriter and film director, born December 5th 1967 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. In 1985, shortly before turning 20, he moved to the Spanish capital, where he studied Sociology at Madrid’s Universidad Complutense and obtained a Photography and Film degree from the Escuela Superior de Artes y Espectáculos (School of Performing Arts). It was during this time that he founded his own production company, which he named Zodiac Films. Through Zodiac, he produced some commercial work as well as his first short films.
In 1996, he decided to direct his own films, with Linked (Esposados) being his directorial debut. The 25-minute short film received over 40 awards worldwide, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film.
The Film’s success served as a springboard for Fresnadillo’s career. He went on to direct his first feature film: Intacto. The film received eight nominations at 2001 Goya Awards (given by the Spanish Academy of Cinematic Art and Sciences) and was part of the official selection at Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival, among others. The film also generated an enthusiastic reception from Spanish moviegoers and critics.
Next, he directed the short film Psicotaxi with the legendary director Alejandro Jodorowsky.
After a few years spent doing commercials, Fresnadillo directed his second feature, 28 Weeks Later, produced by Danny Boyle and 20th Century Fox. The film debuted at #2 at the US box office and worldwide in its opening weekend. The movie’s positive reception facilitated the production of the filmmaker’s next film, Intruders (2011), starring Clive Owen. The film was well received by international audiences and critics.