Bio-filmography

Nayra Sanz Fuentes is a film director, scriptwriter, editor and producer who graduated with a degree in Spanish Philology, majoring in contemporary literature. She went on to take a Master in Advanced Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin thanks to a scholarship from DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service. Her field of study focused on the national-socialist body through the work of the filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Afterwards she took a Master in Film Directing in New York, where she lived for two years and started to work on film productions.

On returning to Spain she set up a production company called Rinoceronte Films, whose mission is to produce films and develop cultural projects. At the moment, her filmography contains seven fiction and non-fiction shorts: Selfie (2019), In Those Lands (2018), Sub Terrae (2017), Just Another Day (2014), Things in Common (2011), Encounter (2010) and Anniversary (2009). Overall, they have been screened at more than 200 film festivals worldwide and have won several awards including the Caracola Alcances prize at the Cadiz Documentary Film Festival, the Edward Snowden prize and the Miradas Doc Award, among others.

Her first feature-length film, As Old as the World (2012), won the Círculo Precolombino de Oro at the 29th International Film Festival of Bogotá and has also been screened at many other festivals and in cultural centres and universities.

She has also worked as unit production manager and editor for the documentary film Edificio España (2014), nominated for the Goya Awards in 2015, and as co-producer and co-scriptwriter for The Hidden City (2018), both directed by Víctor Moreno. At once, she is a former programmer for Ciclo Docma at Matadero Madrid and has also lectured at the Master in Documentary Film at the LENS School of Visual Arts in Madrid.

Resume

Master in Film Direction
New York Film Academy, 2006-2008

Diploma of Advanced Studies in Philosophy. Research Work: “Leni Riefenstahl: Body and Power in National Socialism”
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2004-2005
Scholarship Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (D.A.A.D.), study developed in Humboldt Universität, Berlin

Doctorate courses in Philosophy
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2002-2003
Universidad Autónoma Third Cycle Scholarship

Certificate of Pedagogical Aptitude
Performing the practicum at Gerardo Diego Institute in Madrid, teaching Contemporary Literature
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2003

Degree in Hispanic Philology with a specialization in Contemporary Literature
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1998-2002

Flying Fish
In postproduction, 2020
Drifts
In postproduction, 18 minutes, 2020
Selfie
9 minutes, 2019
The Hidden City (co-writer and co-producer)
80 minutes, 2018
In Those Lands
12 minutes, 2017
Sub Terrae
7 minutes, 2017
Yet Another Day
29 minutes, 2014
The Building (editor and co-producer)
94 minutes, 2014
The Stone (associated producer)
45 minutes, 2013
As Old as the World
87 minutes, 2012
Things in Common
15 minutes, 2011
Encounter
14 minutes, 2010
Anniversary
9 minutes, 2009

“Selfie”, International Distribution in the catalogue Canarias en Corto
14th Distribution Catalogue “Canarias en Corto 2019-2020”

“In Those Lands”, Best Short Film Award – Official Selection
10.º IBAFF. Festival Internacional de Cine de Murcia, 2019

“Sub Terrae”, selected in Shorts from Spain Catalogue
Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Plataforma de Nuevos Realizadores, Asociación de la Industria del Cortometraje and Coordinadora del Cortometraje Español, 2019

“Sub Terrae”, Best Documentary Short Film Adriana & Dolores Elhers Award
Festival Internacional de Cine Silente de México, Mexico, 2018

“Sub Terrae”, Best Documentary Film Award
Premio de Cortometrajes Manolo Villalba de CajaCanarias, 2018

“Sub Terrae”, Best International Short Film Award
9.º Le Cinéma sous les étoiles, Montreal, Canada, 2018

“Sub Terrae”, Special Jury Mention
16.º Festival Internacional Signes de Nuit, Bankog, Thailand, 2018

“Sub Terrae”, Best Short Film Award
Festival de Artes Rendibú, Murcia, 2018

“Sub Terrae”, Best Documentary Film Award
The Globe International Short Film Festival, Wisconsin, United States, 2018

“Sub Terrae”, Best Film Award
Al-Nahj International Film Festival, Kerbala, Iraq, 2018

“Sub Terrae”, Special Jury Mention
20th Ismailia International Film Festival, Ismalia, Egypt, 2018

“Sub Terrae”, Best Short Documentary Film Award
31.ª Semana de Cine de Medina del Campo, Medina del Campo 2018

“Sub Terrae”, Young IBAFF Award
IBAFF 9. Festival Internacional de Cine de Murcia, Murcia, 2018

“Sub Terrae”, Best Canarian Film Award
12.º MiradasDoc. Festival y mercado internacional de cine documental, Guía de Isora (Tenerife), 2018

“Sub Terrae”, Edward Snowden Award
15.º Festival Internacional Signos da Noite, Lisbon, 2017

“Sub Terrae”, Mention «Agua» Short Film
VII Mediu Güeyu, Villaviciosa (Asturias), 2017

“Sub Terrae”, Individual Work “Abycine Short Films” Mention
19.º Abycine, Albacete, 2017

“Sub Terrae”, Special Jury Mention
22.º Cinespaña, Toulouse, 2017

“Sub Terrae”, Best Short Film
49.º Alcances Festival de Cine Documental, Cádiz, 2017

“Sub Terrae”, Best «Ecofilm» National Short Film
Rural Film Fest, Castilla-La Mancha, 2017

“Sub Terrae”, International Distribution Digital 104 Award
17.º Festival Internacional de Cine de Las Palmas, Las Palmas, 2017

“Yet Another Day”, Best Main Actress
Festival Nacional de Cine AvilaCine, Ávila, 2014

“Yet Another Day”, Short Film International Distribution “Canarias en Corto”
Catálogo de distribución “Canarias en Corto 2014-2015”

“Un día cualquiera”, Best Short Film
Independent Latin American Film Awards, Méjico 2016

“As Old as the World”, Círculo Precolombino de Oro Award
29.º Festival Internacional de Cine de Bogotá, 2012

“Things in Common”, Foro Canario Best Short Film
12.º Festival Internacional de Cine Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2011

“Things in Common”, Best Short Film Jury Prize
1.º Festival Cinematol, Tolox Málaga, 2011

“Encounter”, Foro Canario Best Short Film
11.º Festival Internacional de Cine Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2010

“Encounter”, Best Script
1.º Visualízame. Festival Audiovisual y Mujer, 2011

“Anniversary”, National Grand Prize
6.º Festival Internacional Curtocircuito de Santiago de Compostela, 2009

“Anniversary”, Third Prize in Video
11.º Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Torrelavega, 2009

“Anniversary”, Audience Award
6.º El Plaza en Corto (Madrid), 2009

“Anniversary”, Best Canarian Film Award
4.º Festival de cortometrajes de Arona, Tenerife, 2010

Practical workshop “Listening spaces. Sound sculpture”
Master WOMEN MAKE!, Master LAV, 2020

Master Class and presentation of part of my work (Reached Dystopias) in CUNY (City University of New York)
New York, United States, 2020

Presentation of part of my work (Reached Dystopias) and Q&A in Columbia College Chicago (invited by Instituto Cervantes Chicago and Fulbright Association)
Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, United States, 2020

“Conversation Night”: Presentation of part of my work (Reached Dystopias) and Q&A with the professor and activist Palmar Álvarez in Albany Park Autonomous Center
Chicago, United States, 2020

Presentation of part of my work (Reached Dystopias) in International Film Forum – Weitz Center for Creativity
Carleton College, Northfield, Estados Unidos, 2020

Introductory session to contemporary cinema
Saint Paul College, Minnesota, United States, 2020

«Live in progress» Workshop
Acting school Work in Progress, 2020

Workshop Memoria audiovisual del tratamiento de los cuerpos y las representaciones de género en las pantallas
3.º Festival Bendita Tú, Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires (CCEB), Argentina, 2019

Presentation at the meeting Spain produces: proposals, improvements and gaps around documentary film production in our country
6th 3xDOC / Creators Meeting, organized by DOCMA Documentary Film Association, Madrid, 2019

Presentation of my work and teaching in the workshop “Taller de vídeo participado” by Instituto Crítico de Desaprendizaje
La Vorágine, Santander, 2019

Educational direction of the “Film cycle for adolescents”
6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote, 2017-2019

Presentation of my work in the 55th cinematography course of the “Chair of History and Aesthetics of Cinematography”
Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, 2018

Presentation of my work in Centro Negra Cultural Center – Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur (AADK)
Blanca, Murcia, 2017

Presentation “Between limits and oblivion”
Selection of my short films at the ALCES XXI Conference (Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cine españoles siglo XXI)
Zaragoza, 2017

Speaker at the Plenary Meeting of ALCES XXI (Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cine españoles siglo XXI) on “Digital distribution and culture”, organised by Constantino Bértolo
Zaragoza, 2017

Moderator of the round table “Spanish cinema as culture and industry”, held in Mecas (17.º Festival Internacional de Cine de Las Palmas) by Asociación de Cineastas Canarios Microclima, with the participation of the producers Fernando Bovaira, Felipe Lage, Jerome Vidal, Octavio Guerra and Sebastián Álvarez.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2017

Professor in the course “Audiovisual language documentary”, in the Master IMAGINA.doc / Documentary Film Master
Escuela de Artes Visuales LENS, Madrid, 2017

Seminar within the course “Contemporary Fiction and the Market”
Universidad Carleton, Minnesota, EE.UU, feb. 2017

Lecture “The new battle in the film shoot” in the seminar “New technologies and film: a new look from writing and narrative analysis to exhibition and the impact on film production”
Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Tenerife, 2016

Lecture on my cinematographic projects in the Master in Journalism in Television – Antena 3
Universidad Nebrija, Madrid, 2016

Presentation and direction of the colloquium “Identity and Memory” together with the five directors of the short films Sin Dios ni Santa María, by Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón, Ser e voltar, by Xacio Baño, Eusebio, el americano, by Ruth Somalo, Bello, bello, bello, by Pilar Álvarez and Al Pelae, by Óscar de Julián
Ciclo Docma, Sala Azcona, Cineteca Madrid, Madrid, 2015

Presentation and direction of the colloquium “Canary short film. A look through the islands”, with the directors David Pantaleón, Víctor Moreno, Gerardo Carreras, Samuel Martín Delgado and Rafael Navarro
Ciclo Docma, Sala Borau, Cineteca Madrid, Madrid, 2015

Presentation and direction of the colloquium together with Isidro Sánchez, director of No me contéis entre vosotros
Ciclo Docma, Sala Borau, Cineteca Madrid, Madrid, 2015

Presentation and direction of the colloquium together with Marcos Nine, director of “Leslie’s Journey”
Ciclo Docma, Sala Azcona, Cineteca Madrid, 2014

Lecture “The assembly work of The Building” in the course Cine de no ficción en España: más allá de los cánones
Ciclo Docma, Madrid, 2014

Round table World Day of Mental Health, Mentalizarte: mental illness in the cinema
Screening of Yet Another Day and round table together with Emiliano Allende, director of Medina del Campo Film Festival
Valladolid, 2014

Lecture “The Triumph of the Will: Leni Riefenstahl”
Fundación Juan March, Madrid, 2012

Lecture on “The Jewish body in the National Socialist cinema: from de-masking to dehumanization”
42.º Congress for young people: Cinema and Philosophy, Universidad de Salamanca, 2005

Organizer and speaker of the Literature Congress “Golden Age XXI: Books of chivalry: texts and contexts”
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, 2001

Jury of ECOFilms Contest – 21st Festival Internacional de Cine Medioambiental de Canarias (FICMEC)
Garachico, Tenerife, 2019

Jury of the creative popular projects for the Centenary of César Manrique
Cabildo de Lanzarote, Lanzarote, 2019

Jury at the 50th Alcances Documentary Film Festival
Cádiz, 2018

Jury at the 13th International Student Film Camp Interaction 2018
Serbia, 2018

Jury in the 3rd Article 31 Film Fest, Documentary Film Festival, Video-journalism and Human Rights, International Section
Madrid, 2015

Jury at the 28th Festival Film Festival of Medina del Campo, International Section
Valladolid, 2015

Programmer of cinema in Ciclo Docma Cineteca
Asociación Docma, Madrid, 2014-2016

Programmer in the 5th and 6th Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote
Lanzarote, 2016-2017

Organizer and speaker of the Literature Congress “Golden Age XXI: Books of chivalry: texts and contexts”
Madrid, 2001

Sub Terrae in “The Nomad Sets Off For the Desert”, Display Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, 2019. Collective exhibition

Sub Terrae in “70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón de la Plana, 2018. Collective exhibition

Other Gazes, Centro México, Centro Hispano Marroquí, Sala el Pontón and Centro Hispano Boliviano, 2012. Solo exhibition

Director of the videos of Fundación MAPFRE Art Collection
Fundación Mapfre, 2017-2018

Director of “Hiroshi Sugimoto”, exhibition “Hiroshi Sugimoto”. With the intervention of the photographer
Fundación Mapfre, 2016

Director of “Paz Errázuriz, notes on my work”, exhibition “Paz Errázuriz.” With the intervention of the photographer
Fundación Mapfre, 2015

Director of “Who was Pierre Bonnard?”, Bonnard exhibition
Interview with Pablo Jiménez Burillo. Director, Culture Department of Fundación Mapfre
Fundación Mapfre, 2015

Director of “Paul Strand: the multiplicity of the look”, Paul Strand exhibition
Conversation between the curator of the exhibition Peter Barberie and Nadia Arroyo
Fundación Mapfre, 2015

Director of “My father, the streets, Garry Winogrand”, Director of “My father, the streets, Garry Winogrand”
Interview with Ethan Winogrand
Fundación Mapfre, 2015

Director of “Alvin Langdon Coburn”, exhibition “Alvin Langdon Coburn”
Fundación Mapfre, 2014

Director of “Interview with Stephen Shore”, exhibition Stephen Shore
Fundación Mapfre, 2014

Director of “Joaquín Sorrolla”, exhibition “Joaquín Sorolla and America”
Interview with María López Fernández, chief curator of Fundación Mapfre
Fundación Mapfre, 2014

Director of “Vanessa Winship: Fragments of a trip, exhibition “Vanessa Winship”. Interview with the photographer
Fundación Mapfre, 2014

Director of “Cartier Bresson through photography”, exhibition “Cartier Bresson”
Fundación Mapfre, 2014

Director of the video “The tree of the good life: Álvaro de la Vega”, about the work of the sculptor Álvaro de la Vega
2014

Director of “Picasso intimate. In the workshop”, exhibition” Picasso. In the workshop”
Interview with the curator María Teresa Ocaña i Gomà
Fundación Mapfre, 2014

Director of “Resonancias. Lynne Cohen”, exhibition “Lynne Cohen”
Fundación Mapfre, 2014

Director of “Una aproximación a Jacopo di Pontormo”, exhibition “Pontormo. Drawings”
Interview with Pablo Jiménez Burillo, Director of Fundación Mapfre Culture Area
Fundación Mapfre, 2014

Director of “William Christenberry”
Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, 2013

Director of “Contemporary History: Photography, painting and fashion”
Interview with Amalia Descalzo, curator of the exhibition
Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, 2013

Director of the video “Four keys towards understanding the Macchiaioli”, exhibition The Macchaioli
Interview with María López Fernández, chief curator of Fundación Mapfre and curator of the exhibition
Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, 2013

Director of the videos for the exhibition “Giacometti. Playgrounds”: Giacometti by Sartre y Giacometti by Giacometti.
Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, 2013

Director of the videos for the exhibition “Emmet Gowin”: Emmet and Edith Gowin, a conversation (first part and second part)
Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, 2013

Director of the series “Dear Theo”: Self-portrait, A Pair of Shoes y Bedroom in Arles
Series of videos based on letters by Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo and Van Gogh paintings exposed
Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, 2013

Director of the videos for the exhibition “Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. The birth of modern art”
Interviews with Guy Cogeval, President of the Musée d’Orsay, and with Caroline Mathieu, chief curator of the Musée d’Orsay
Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, 2013

Director of the videos for the exhibition “Luces de Bohemia”
Interview with the curator of the exhibition Sylvain Amic and Pablo Jiménez Burillo, Director of the Culture Department of Fundación MAPFRE
Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, 2013

Director of the videos for the exhibition “Manuel Álvarez Bravo”
Interview with Aurelia Álvarez Urbajtel, director of the Manuel Álvarez Bravo archive
Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, 2013

Director of the video “Brief meeting with the poet Carlos Oroza”
Marco de Vigo, 2013

Director of the videos for the exhibition Jean Paul Gaultier: from the street to the stars
Interviews and interventions: Gaultier on Gaultier, Thierry-Maxime Loriot: The Commissioner, Suso33: the creation of a graffiti, Mannequins of the exhibition, y The art of conservation
Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, 2012-2013

Project Manager and director of the “SMARTOURTRAVEL” (geo-referenced cultural video-guides)
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Barcelona, 2010/2011

Director, scriptwriter and editor of “Antón Lamazares” (interview, documentary short film). Shown in the retrospective exhibition: “Antón Lamazares: 1980-2010” and published for the printed catalog of the exhibition (1,300 copies)
Museo Contemporáneo de Pontevedra, 2011

Article about my work in the magazine Cortosfera
Cortosfera, 2019

Article “I want to watch Edificio España. Visual Diary of a fight for the image”
Territorios y Fronteras III, Universidad del País Vasco, 2018

Critical article about the session “Identity and Memory”
Ciclo Docma, 2015

Critical article of the film “Leslie’s Journey” by Marcos Nine
Ciclo Docma, 2014

Critical article of the film “La Espera” by Fernando Vílchez
Ciclo Docma, 2014

Critical article “Miniencuadro. Critique of the miniature”, about the artistic work of Laura Millán
2012

Epilogue of the book: Antón Lamazares, Intimate Notes, “The longing of the look”
Quidinci Editores, 2010

Article about Thomas Bernhard “Ancient Masters: The impossibility of consequence” (nº 1)
Article on Charles Baudelaire: “A carrion: the ambiguity of the rolling” (nº 2)
Publication On-Line magazine “Sinestética”
2004

Editor in the Culture Section of the supplement “Vivir más”
El Mundo newspaper, 2003-2005

Fiction story “Being in the dictionary”
Art Magazine “CORTAO”, Editorial El Gallo, Salamanca, 2004

Member of the “Radio Autónoma” group in relation to film and literature topics
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, 2002-2004

Article about “Golden Age XXI”
Literature Magazine “EDAD DE ORO”, publication dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, 2000

Editor of Culture in the newspaper “ECCUS”. Interviews with Spanish writers: Juan Manuel de Prada, Espido Freire, Marta Rivera de la Cruz, among others.
Madrid, 2000

Course “Film and painting”, given by Víctor Erice
Talleres Fuentetaja, 2018

Course “Ecosocial Education. Let’s make possible the desirable”
V Escuela de Verano FUHEM, Madrid, 2018

Seminar given by Abbas Kiarostami
Ibn Arabi Film Festival (IBAFF), Murcia, 2012

Introduction to the Psychology of the Janatypes (directed by Antonio Pachecho and Montserrat Coll)
Instituto SAT, 2008

Blas de Otero Scholarship for the First International Congress in Bilbao on the work of the poet
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2002

Scholarship for the Courses of El Escorial: “Cinema and Literature”
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2002

Course on “The concept of beauty in aesthetics”
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2002

Dramatic interpretation courses
Uta Hagen School, Nueva York, Verano de 2000

President of Fundación Tú Creas, specialized in educational help for children and young people with limited social and economic resources in Spain and Guatemala
From April 2016 to present

Member and Vocal of Communication of Asociación de Cineastas Canarios Microclima
2017-2019