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Diego Quemada-Díez

Born in the Iberian Peninsula, raised in the Spanish cities of Burgos, Logroño and Barcelona, he has lived in the American continent for almost the past two decades. His first job in the film industry was in 1995, in Ken Loach’s film Land and Freedom as a camera assistant to the director of cinematography. A year later, he migrated to the USA in order to film Things I Never Told You, (Cosas que Nunca Te Dije), Isabel Coixet’s second long-feature film and produced by Luis Miñarro. He continued his career there, graduating in Cinematography at the American Film Institute (AFI) with the Anthony Hopkins/ Amex honorific scholarship.

His graduation film as writer/ director/DOP, A Table is a Table, won the Best Cinematography award given by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). Thanks to this award, he went on to work as Rodrigo Prieto’s camera operator in 21 Grams, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, which opened the doors for him so he could begin to work alongside film directors such as Fernando Meireles (The Constant Gardener), Tony Scott, Cesar Charlone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee, among others.

In 2006, he premiered his second short film as screenwriter and director: I Want to be a Pilot, which after participating in the Sundance Film Festival, won more than fifty international awards. That same year he directed in Mexico his second documentary short film: La Morena. In 2010 he won one of the scholarships awarded by Cinéfondation, which enabled him to participate in the Cannes Film Festival Atelier and moved forward his first feature film, La Jaula de Oro.