Jesus Pimentel Melo

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Originally from Morelia, Mexico, Jesús Pimentel Melo is a Student Academy Awards–Oscars® nominee and a recipient of the Diosa de Plata award granted by the Mexican Film Press Association (PECIME). He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences–Oscars® since 2023.

As a Fulbright grantee, Jesús studied filmmaking at Columbia University in New York City, where he received an M.F.A. in Film with a concentration in Directing and Screenwriting. His works as a director and producer have been screened at film festivals around the world, including the Miami International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, the Morelia International Film Festival, the Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul and the Bolzano Short Film Festival, as well as La Semaine de la Critique and the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival.

Jesús has participated as a project advisor and as a jury member at the Independent Film Week in New York, Proimágenes Colombia, the Bogotá Audiovisual Market (BAM), Nuevas Miradas at the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in Cuba, and Blood Window and Ventana Sur in Argentina, as well as at international film festivals such as Tribeca, Los Cabos, Guadalajara and MicGénero in Mexico City, among others.

Jesús has been executive producer on various co-productions between the United States, Peru, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Mexico, and has worked as a script advisor in the development of several feature films. In 2023 he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences–Oscars®, an honor and testament to his work in the film industry.

Jesús is a Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Cine Qua Non Lab.