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BIO

Iz Gutierrez

Director, Screenwriter, Producer

Iz Gutierrez is a Mexican-American filmmaker raised in Los Angeles. In 2022 he won Best Film Screenplay at the Mexican American Film Festival and Best Short at the Official Latino Film Festival for his historical drama They Call Us Sediciosos. He wrote and directed the short as a proof-of-concept for a feature film and TV series. Gutierrez was also selected to the Read LatinX Writers Initiative in the same year.

 

Mentored by Oscar-winning screenwriter David S. Ward and former DGA president and director Martha Coolidge, he is the recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant for the short Sin Frontera, an immigration love story, which screened at SAG Foundation, won numerous drama awards including official selections in Academy accredited festivals.

 

Iz Gutierrez is developing feature films and episodic projects. He resides in Los Angeles, California.

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RESUME

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT:​

    • They Call Us Sediciosos - Feature Film (comps: Unforgiven, Selma, Hostiles)

    • They Call Us Sediciosos - Television Pilot for a limited-series (comps: Deadwood, Godless)

    • Untitled - Sci-Fi / Drama Feature Film (comps: Arrival, Another Earth, Interstellar

    • Untitled - Horror / Fantasy Feature Film (comps: Eyes Without A Face, Psycho, Rope)

    • Untitled - Horror Feature Film (comps: The Witch, Evil Dead, Shaun of the Dead)

    • Pop! - Comedy Television Pilot (comps: Community)

    • Comic Conventions - Nerdy Comedy Television Series (comps: This Fool, Silicon Valley)

NARRATIVE:

THEY CALL US SEDICIOSOS 

Short film proof-of-concept

Historical Drama | Suspense

    • BEST DRAMA AWARD - Official Latino Film and Arts Festival  (2022)

    • BEST FILM SCREENPLAY - Mexican American Film & TV Festival  (2022)

    • AUDIENCE AWARD, Narrative Short - Awareness Film Festival  (2021)

    • MACEF Filmmaker Grant Finalist  (2021)

    • BEST NARRATIVE SHORT - NY/LA International Film Festival  (2021)

    • AUDIENCE FAVORITE FINALIST - La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts  (2021)

    • Official Selection Broadway International Film Festival  (2022)

    • Official Selection Philadelphia Latino Film Festival  (2021)

    • Official Selection 48th CineFestival  (2021)

    • Official Selection 8th NoHo CineFest  (2021)

    • Official Selection 28th CineSol Film Festival  (2021)

    • Official Selection LA Indie Film Festival  (2021)

    • Finalist - Canada Shorts 

    • Semi-Finalist - Rhode Island Film Festival

COMIC CONVENTIONS

Web series pilot

Comedy | Geeky, Nerdy, with an Ant-Man sized dash of rom-com

    • Official Selection of the 8th GeekFest Film Festival

    • L.A. Comic Con screening and Filmmaker's Panel participant

 

 

SIN FRONTERA (Without Boundary)

Short film proof-of-concept

Drama | Suspense

    • Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation selection, screening and Q&A

    • WME agency screening

    • Panavision Filmmaker Grant

    • Winner: Favorite Film, Napa Valley Film Festival

    • Winner: Golden Honu Award, Big Island Film Festival

    • Winner: Audience Award, Awareness Film Festival

    • Winner: Jury Award, Awareness Film Festival

    • Winner: Audience Award, SENE Film Festival

    • Official Selection: Oscar qualifying LA Shorts

    • Official Selection: Oscar qualifying Hollyshorts

    • Official Selection: 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival

 

 

THE CHAMELEON 

Short

Latino Drama, Suspense

    • ShortsTV Channel - distribution deal

    • Platinum Remi Award Winner - Worldfest Houston

    • Official Selection Orlando Film Festival
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