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PUERTO RICAN AWARD - WINNING FILMMAKER LIVING IN SPANISH HARLEM.


PUERTO RICAN AWARD - WINNING FILMMAKER LIVING IN SPANISH HARLEM. ︎︎︎

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Kristian Mercado Figueroa (Director, Writer) is a Puerto Rican filmmaker living in Spanish Harlem whose music-driven short film Pa’lante won the SXSW Jury Award 2019. Mercado has directed content for Billie Eilish, Awkwafina, Eric Andre, De La Soul, MF DOOM, Planned Parenthood, Bad Bunny, and Adult Swim, among others. He has also directed comedy specials for Hannibal Buress and SNL's Sam Jay. His work was an official selection at SXSW 2020 with both a video for the Grammy-nominated Black Pumas and Hannibal’s Miami Nights. His latest short film Mariposa is touring 2020 festivals now. Previously, his screenplay for the short HawkBells received a screenwriting award from Slamdance. With work that has screened at numerous festivals (including New Orleans, Atlanta, SIFF, Havana Film Festival and more), Mercado’s distinct voice addresses issues of identity, family, and systemic oppression across race and class. His work is celebrated for its poetic portrayal of working class struggles, highlighting the gaps between love and loss.




Awards ︎︎︎


2019 SXSW Jury Winner


2019 SLAMDANCE SCREENWRITING AWARD


BlueCat Finalist
2019 The American Diversity Award in Official Latino Short Film Festival
Frame light: Short Focus 2018 Winner Best Short
2018 NiteHawk Shorts Fest Music Driven Winner
2018 NiteHawk Shorts Fest Audience Award Winner
2018 Miami Short Film Festival Finalist
Vimeo Best Of Year
Vimeo Best Of Month x2
Vimeo Staff Picks x6
2019 Rincon Film Festival Audience Choice Best PR MV Winner
2019 Showdown X Music Video Festival Best Editing
2018 Global Music Awards Outstanding Achievement Winner
2019 Independent Shorts Awards Winner
Pitchfork's Top Ten Music Vidoes of the Year 2018
Rolling Stones Top Ten Music Vidoes of the Year 2018
IMVDb The Best Music Videos of 2016/17/18 Top 50
Booooooom The 15 Best Music of 2018
2018 Webby Awards Music Video Honoree
NYISA Screeningwriting Gold Winner
SF Indie Fest Finalist
Award of Merit: Music Video IndieFEST
Award of Excellence One-Reeler Short Film Competition
2018 Webby Awards Music Video Honoree
AICP Winner
WEBBY Gold Winner
ONESHOW Pencil Winner
BassAwards Winner


Official Selection's ︎︎︎


2020 SXSW OFFICIAL SELECTION 

(x2)

2020 TRUE FALSE FILM FESTIVAL 


Palm Springs Shortfest 2020
Atlanta Film Festival 2019
New Orleans Film Festival 2018
Nantucket Film Festival 2019
Cine Las Americas 2020
Maryland Film Festival 2019
Havana Film Festival 2019
Miami Film Festival 2019
Raindance Film Festival 2018
Urbanworld Film Festival 2018
Nitehawk ShortFest 19 with Nobudge
HBO New York Latino Film Festival 2019
Official Latino Short Film Festival 2020
Annecy Film Festival 2015, 2016, 2017
Indie Memphis Film Festival 2019
Cleveland International Film Festival 2018, 2016
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2019
Cinequest Film Festival 2019
Newport Beach Film Festival  2018, 2017
Seattle International Film Festival 2019
SF Shorts: San Francisco International Festival of Short films 2018
Richmond International Film & Music Festival 2019
Bushwick Film Festival 2018, 2019
HollyShorts Film Festival 2018 x 2
Austin Music Video Festival 2018
Harlem International Film Festival 2019
Boston Latino International Film Festival 2019
Boston Underground Film Festival 2019
Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival 2018, 2019
The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival Official Selection 2019
Latino Film Market Official Selection 2019
New York City Independent Film Festival 2018
St. Louis International Film Festival 2019
International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival 2018, 2019
Festival de Cortos de Bogota - BOGOSHORTS 2019
Boston Underground Film Festival 2019
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2018, 2019
Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival 2019 
All Fest Short Film Program 2019
All Voices Film Festival 2018
Inaugural Ville Fest 2019
Chicago Independent Film (+TV) Festival 2018
Cutout Fest 2016 Viewmonster Showing
Boiler Room Weekender:  Music Videos from Creators of Color
Screening @ Animation Block Party 2017
Hollyshorts Screenplay Official Selection 2020
Directors Notes x 4
Tv.booooooom x 7
Nobudge
Discover Film 2020
Official Selection at New York City Independent Film Festival Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival 2019

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