Eloy Enciso

Eloy Enciso
Directing in the Field
Visiting Lecturer (2019)

Eloy Enciso is an independent filmmaker and lecturer.

Born in Galicia, Spain, Enciso studied documentary filmmaking at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV), in Cuba before making his feature debut with Pic-nic in 2007.

His second feature film, Arraianos (2012), premiered in competition at Locarno Film Festival and was presented in leading film festivals as Viennale, Montreal, First Look, Melbourne, BAFICI, in Buenos Aires, FICUNAM, in Mexico; or DocLisboa in Portugal. The film won the award for best film in BAFICI, Sevilla and Cinema d’Autor Barcelona international film festivals, and was released in cinemas in Spain, Mexico and Colombia.

His most recent film Longa noite (2019) premiered in the main competition of Locarno Film Festival 2019, where Enciso was awarded by the independent critics' association with the Boccalino d'oro for best director. The film showed recently in many of the most important film festivals in Europe and America: TIFF, New York Film Festival, Valdivia, DocLisboa, Mar del Plata and Viennale, among others.

Enciso's work has also shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Museo Nacional - Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and at the Museum of the Moving Image. He was one of the filmmakers in focus at the International Documentary Seminar Doc's Kingdom (Portugal).

From 2013 to 2015 Enciso was the head of programming of the International Film Festival IBAFF in Murcia, a young festival focused on exploring the most recent achievements in filmmaking art.

In 2014 he received a Robert Gardner fellowship from Harvard’s Film Study Center, awarded "to well-known filmmakers as well as to upcoming international talents of the moving image". He also participated in the program Modern Mondays at MoMA, focused on "discovering contemporary filmmakers and visual artists who are changing the way we experience cinema and the moving image".

In 2016, he received a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies in Harvard University, where he developed part of his latest film, Longa noite (Endless night).

Concurrently to his work as independent filmmaker, Enciso has developed an activity as docent, teaching in film schools, such as EICTV (Cuba) and ECAM, Instituto del Cine de Madrid. He has also been invited to lecture conferences, talks and master classes in universities such as Cornell University, University of Harvard, Universidade Lusófona, Alcalá de Henares and UAM (Madrid), UPV and UV (Valencia) or UVigo (Galicia). He co-directed the Documentary Fim Studies Department at Madrid Film School (ECAM) and recently directed practical workshops for Ambulante Film Festival in Querétaro, Mexico and Novos Cinemas Film Festival in Pontevedra, Spain.

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