Pablo Fernández, a student in the multimedia and audiovisual production program at Universidad de Las Américas Ecuador, won first prize in the national level of DIRECTV CINEMA+ for his short film El Chagra Andino (The Andean Peasant Farmer). DIRECTV created the competition to celebrate Latin American cinema and to support the next generation of up-and-coming filmmakers.
Just six minutes in length, Pablo's film follows the life of an Andean farmer. It focuses on his lifestyle and the difficulties he faces on a day to day basis. The film was reviewed by an esteemed international jury and won first place among all the short films submitted from Ecuador.
Pablo won $5,000, to either be spent on his education or be used to create his next film. He was also named one of seven finalists from the region and may have the opportunity to win a scholarship to study at the film school at the University of Southern California.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.