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About
Pimienta Films

MEXICO'S INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION COMPANY

Established in Mexico City, Pimienta Films was founded in 2008 by Nicolás and Sebastián Celis as an independent production company. Its primary activity is the production of feature films, both fiction and documentaries, that portray their author’s artistic perspective.

Over the years, the company’s main objective has been to build solid partnerships with production companies in Mexico, the United States, Latin America and Europe. These relationships have developed into co-productions and joint ventures that have broadened distribution horizons, reached new markets and increased sales. In 2014 PIMIENTA FILMS was listed as one of the top three film production companies in Mexico, by the prestigious magazine VARIETY.

Pimienta’s projects have been acclaimed by critics and welcomed by national and international audiences because of their artistic quality and unique vision. The production company has worked with recognized directors such as Jonás Cuarón, Amat Escalante, Tatiana Huezo, James Franco, Ciro Guerra, Elisa Miller and Rafi Pitts among others, while also gaining a reputation for promoting new national talent.





NICOLÁS CELIS

Nicolás Celis, founder of Pimienta Films, is a Mexican producer who has gained a reputation for working on original projects of high artistic content and powerful impact. His production company, Pimienta Films, was named one of the three best production houses in Mexico by the magazine Variety. Furthermore, in 2017 Nicolás appeared in the Hollywood Reporter as talent to watch.

Among his early projects is the drama-horror feature film We Are What We Are, which competed for the Cámera d’Or in the Cannes Film Festival. Two shorts by Elisa Miller Watching It Rain (Palme d’Or winner for best short film) and Roma, also participated in the Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, Amat Escalante, director of Heli, took the prize for best direction in Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

Among Nicolás’ recent projects is Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto which won the FIPRESCI prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2016, Soy Nero, by Iranian director Rafi Pitts, had its premiere at the Berlinale alongside Tatiana Huezo’s documentary, Tempestad, which won a special mention for the Caligari prize. Tempestad was nominated for best Ibero-american film in 2018 for the Goya Awards in Spain and has participated in over 100 international festivals. Additionally, the new feature film by Amat Escalante, The Untamed, had its premiere at the Venice Biennial 2016, winning the prize for best direction.

In 2018 the Mexican co-production Birds of Passage, directed by Oscar-nominee Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego, was selected to open the Directors Fortnight at Cannes 2018. Most recently, Alfonso Cuarón’s new film, Roma premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it secured the Golden Lion for Best Film. Currently, Nicolás is developing Tatiana Huezo´s new fiction film, Night of Fire.

Nicolás has also dedicated himself to supporting the new generations of producers by giving workshops and master classes in academic and cultural contexts in Mexico and abroad. He has also participated in meetings and workshops like ACE Mundus, EAVE Puentes, Producer’s Network and Torino FilmLab, among others.

Meet the team

Pimienta Films
MEXICO'S INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION COMPANY

Sandino has been involved in the production of films such as Juan Pittaluga’s Orlando Vargas (Semaine de la Critique/Cannes 2005), Fernández & Charlone’s The Pope’s Toilet (Un Certain Regard/Cannes 2007), Paz Fabrega’s Cold Water of the Sea (Tiger Award/Rotterdam 2010), Rodrigo Plá’s A Monster with a Thousand Heads (Venice Film Festival 2015/Opening Film/Orizzonti), Gabriel Mascaro’s Neon Bull (Venice Film Festival 2015/Special Jury Prize/Orizzonti), Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego’s Birds of Passage (Director’s Fortnight/Cannes 2018/Opening Film) and Alfonso Cuaron´s Roma (Venice Film Festival/Golden Lion 2018), among others.

Sandino Saravia Vinay

Producer

JIM is an independent American producer who has been involved in writing, developing, financing, producing, selling, distributing and marketing of low budget fiction and documentary feature films since 1983. His films have won numerous prizes and been selected to premiere in such major festivals. Some of his projects are, Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise, Night on Earth, Mystery Train, Down by Law and two short Coffee and Cigarettes films, Alex Rockwell’s In the Soup, Gregg Araki’s The Living Dead, among others. He has been involved in producing a number of Mexican fiction features including Alejandra Márquez’s Semana Santa, Andres Clariond’s Hilda, Amat Escalante’s The Untamed and Tatiana Huezo’s multiple prize winning documentary Tempestad.

JIM STARK

Producer

Maya began working at Pimienta Films in 2016. She has collaborated on documentaries, Tempestad by Tatiana Huezo, To Die in the Desert, by Marta Ferrer and My Brother, by Alana Simões as well as on the acclaimed Birds of Passage by Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, which opened the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. She served as production executive for Pimienta Films on Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Currently she is working on Tatiana Huezo’s new film, Noche de Fuego.

Maya Scherr-Willson

Executive producer

Mariel has collaborated on feature films, Después del Incendio by Sebastian Padilla. Convivium by Andrés Clariond and the Ariel Award winner for Best Documentary Short Film La Muñeca Tetona by Diego Enrique Osorno & Alexandro Aldrete. She also collaborated on Alfonso Cuarón's Roma Behind the Scenes. Currently she is working on Tatiana Huezo’s new film, Noche de Fuego.

Mariel Mayorga

NICOLÁS ASSISTANT

After graduating, Alejandra moved to England where she worked for 5 years, when she came back to Mexico she started working at Pimienta Films; she has collaborated on the acclaimed Birds of Passage by Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, which opened the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, as well as on the documentary A Place Called Music by Enrique M. Rizo. She served as as production executive for Esperanto Filmoj on Alfonso’s Cuarón Roma, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Currently she is working on Tatiana Huezo’s new film, Noche de Fuego.

Alejandra A. García

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION

Miguel Ignacio is a young Venezuelan filmmaker. He obtained a degree in Film Studies from King’s College London and has since exercised an eclectic range of capabilities in the film industry, whether in production, distribution or exhibition. He has worked as a production assistant on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Roma, and simultaneously works as a free lance photographer.

MIGUEL IGNACIO

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

FILMS

Pimienta Films
MEXICO'S INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION COMPANY
Mi hermano

Director:
Alana Simoes
Produced by:
Nicolás Celis / Alejandro Durán / Alana Simones
Production Companies:Cinematrópodos / Gavilán Cine / Pimienta Films
Country: Mexico
Year:
2018

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs - Festival de Cine de Cannes


Birds of Passage

Director: Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego.
Produced by: Cristina Gallegos & Katrin Pors.
Production Companies: Ciudad Lunar Producciones / Blond Indian Films / Pimienta Films.
Country: Colombia / Mexico / Denmark / France
Year: 2018


Quinzaine des Réalisateurs - Festival de Cine de Cannes



Roma

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Produced by: Alfonso Cuarón / Gabriela Rodriguez / Nicolás Celis
Production Companies: Espactáculos Fílmicos El Coyul
Country: Mexico
Year: 2018


Golden Lion - Venice International Film Festival







To Die in the Desert

Director: Marta Ferrer
Produced by: Nicolás Celis / Sebastián Celis / Alejandro Durán / Marta Ferrer / Emiliano Altuna / Carlos Rossini / Daniel Gruener.
Production Companies: FOPROCINE / Marta Ferrer / Bambú Audiovisual / Cuadernos de Cine / Pimienta Films / Cinemateli / Gavilán Cine.
Country: Mexico
Year: 2017


Art Kingdom Award - Los Cabos International Film Festival: Best documentary - Cinelatino Rencontres de Toulouse, France

The Untamed

Director: Amat Escalante
Produced by:
Jaime Romandía
Executive producer:
Nicolás Celis
Production Companies: Mantarraya Producciones / Adomeit Film / Bord Cadre Films / Le Pacte / Match Factory Productions / Mer Films
Country: Mexico/ Denmark/ France/ Germany/ Norway/ Switzerland
Year:2016

Silver Lion Award - Venice International Film Festival
Best Director and Best Film Editing - Ariel Awards
6 nominations - Fénix Awards
Best Director - Austin Fantastic Fest



Tempestad

Director:
Tatiana Huezo
Produced by:
Nicolás Celis / Sebastián Celis
Production Companies:
Pimienta Films / Terminal / Cactus Film & Video
Country: Mexico
Year: 2016


Golden Frog Award, Camerimage, Poland
Tim Hethetington Award, Sheffield Doc Fest
Best Documentary, Lima Film Festival
Best Documentary, Sofia Film Festival
ARRI AMIRA Award, DOC.Fest Munich
Special Mention Best Documentary, Habana Film Festival
Audience Award, Morelia Film Festival
Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound – Ariel Awards
Best Documentary Nomination– Emmy Awards
Best Latin-American Feature Film – Goya Awards

Soy Nero

Director:
Rafi Pitts
Produced by:
Martin Hampel / Thanassis Karathanos / Rita Daghe
Production Companies:
Pimienta Films / Senorita Films / Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion
Country: . Mexico/ Germany/ France
Year: 2016


Best Feauture Film – Bucharest International Film Festival
Golden Bear Nomination – Berlin International Film Festival






Epitaph

Director:
Yulene Olaizola / Rubén Imaz
Produced by:
Pablo Zimbrón Alva / Yulene Olaizola / Rubén Imaz
Production Companies:
Malacosa Cine / Varios Lobos / Una Comunión / Zamora Films / Zoología Fantástica / Pimienta Films.
Country: . Mexico
Year: 2016


TV UNAM Selection Award – FICUNAM
Best Costume Design Nomination – Ariel Awards




Desierto

Director:
Jonás Cuarón
Produced by:
Alfonso Cuarón / Carlos Cuarón / Jonás Cuarón / Alex García / Charles Gillibert
Executive producer:
Nicolás Celis
Production Companies: Esperanto Kino / Orange Studio / CG Cinema / Itaca Films.
Country: Mexico
Year: 2015

Best Feature Film Nomination – Ariel Awards
Best Foreign Language Film Nomination – Phoenix Films Critics Society Awards
FIPRESCI Award – Toronto International Film Festival


All of me

Director:
Arturo González Villaseñor
Produced by:
Indira Cato
Production Companies: Acanto Films / Pimienta Films / UAM Xochimilco
Country: Mexico
Year: 2015





>Official Selection – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam





Semana Santa

Director:
Alejandra Márquez Villaseñor
Produced by:
Nicolás Celis / Sebastián Celis / Andrés Clariond
Production Companies: Pimienta Films / Lado B Films / Cinematográfica CR / Itaca Films / Terminal
Country: Mexico
Year: 2015

Official Selection – Los Cabos International Film Festival Mexico Primero FOX + Award - Los Cabos International Film Festival



Hilda

Director:
Andrés Clariond
Produced by:
Nicolás Celis / Andrés Clariond / Gabriel Nuncio
Production Companies: Cinematográfica CR / Pimienta Films / EFD
Country: Mexico
Year: 2015

Special Mention Best Director – Monterrey Internactional Film Festival





Heli

Director:
Amat Escalante
Produced by:
Jaime Romandía
Line producer: Nicolás Celis
Production Companies: Mantarraya / 3 Tunas / Le pacte
Country: Mexico
Year: 2013

Silver Frog – Camerimage, Polonia
Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
Best Director – Cannes Film Festival
Best Feature Film – Havana Film Festival
Best Feature Film – Munich Film Festival
Best Feature Film – Montreal Film Festival
Best Director – Premios Ariel

The Tiniest Place

Director:
Tatiana Huezo
Produced by:
Nicolás Celis
Production Companies: CCC / FOPROCINE
Country: Mexico
Year: 2011

Best Feature Film - Visions du Reel Festival
FIPRESCI Award - Mar del Plata International Film Festival
Best Feature Film – DOK Leipzig Festival, Germany
Best Feature Film – Cinema Eye Honors, New York
Best Documentary, Best Cinematography – DocsDF
Best Documentary – Lima Film Festival
Public’s Award – Madrid Film Festival


We are what we are

Director:
Jorge Michael Grau
Produced by:
Nicolás Celis
Production Companies: CCC / FOPROCINE
Country: Mexico
Year: 2010

Special Jury Award - Chicago Film Festival










Cold Water of the Sea

Director:
Paz Fábrega
Produced by:
Paz Fábrega / Jean des Forets
Production Companies: Temporal Films / Les Films du Requin / Tic Tac Prods / Issabella Films / Pimienta Films
Country: Mexico / Costa Rica / Spain / Holand / France
Year: 2010

Tiger Award, International - Film Festival Rotterdam
Special Jury Award - Film Festival of Lima