J. Xavier Velasco (Mexico)

J. Xavier Velasco is a Mexican director, screenwriter and producer originally from Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, currently based in Brooklyn, USA. His short film Juan y la borrega (2011) was nominated by the Mexican Film Academy for the Ariel award for best fiction short film and had its national premiere at the Guadalajara Film Festival and its international premiere at AFI Fest. His horror short film Zerch (2015) had its world premiere at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea and was awarded the prize for best script at the Feratum Film Fest. Both short films received support from the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE). His short film Above and Below the Waves (2018) had its world premiere at the prestigious Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. J. Xavier served as producer of Mi America (2015), released in theaters, as associate producer of En el séptimo día (2017), winner of the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards, and as co-producer of the feature documentary Ya me voy (2018), winner of a special mention at the Morelia International Film Festival and available on Netflix. His most recent short film, Atl, is part of the Mexican science fiction anthology feature film Aztech (2021), soon to be released. J. Xavier is currently developing the film projects El ojo de los días, winner of the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund in 2020, and Cocodrilos, his debut feature.

Cocodrilos A young photojournalist puts his life in danger as he resumes the investigation that led to the murder of his mentor by organized crime, uncovering a chilling truth.