Carlos Alberto Hurtado is a Mexican-American multi award winning filmmaker whose work as has been featured on CNN, Univision, Azteca, Telemundo, Playboy radio, LATV, Moviemaker Magazine, Estrella TV and Alegria Magazine and festivals throughout the world.
Carlos graduated from Loyola Marymount University Film School (LMU). During his time in film school, he was awarded a Kodak Grant for a short film and was co-nominated for a Student Academy Award/Oscar for a short film that was also broadcasted on television for 10 years on KCET. Carlos also worked at DreamWorks SKG Studios during his tenure at LMU Film School.
Carlos was selected in 2014 as One of the Top 200 directors for the HBO show "Project Greenlight" [from executive producers Ben Affleck & Matt Damon]. His short documentary film, "Hollygrove", which he directed, officially qualified for consideration at the 87th Academy Awards. "Hollygrove" was 1 of 22 finalists nominated for the award "Best Emerging Filmmaker" by The AMERICAN PAVILION Emerging Cannes Filmmaker Showcase at the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2015 representing the Next Generation of Filmmakers presented by American Express. At this showcase in Cannes, Carlos won the prestigious Award for the "Emerging Filmmaker's Best Short Documentary."
His newest narrative short of 2017 "Dear Dad" had the honor to have a special screening at Dodger Stadium during a charity celebrity baseball game. The American Cinematheque and Apertura Showcase also honored Carlos and his film "Dear Dad" with a special screening at the Historical Egyptian Theatre, followed by a screening of "Dear Dad" at the Beverly Hills Film Festival 2017 at the Historical Chinese Theatre. For the second time in three years, Carlos Hurtado, has again been honored and will be part of the Cannes Film Festival 2017. He is 1 of 25 finalists chosen by the AMERICAN PAVILION Emerging Cannes Filmmakers Showcase at the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2017 representing the NEXT Generation of Filmmakers.
His filmmaking career has amassed over 116 Nominations from National & International film festivals. He's won 51 Awards in just fours years since his return to film after taking a nine- year hiatus to manage the family business. His work has been seen at the Austin Film Festival [Academy Award accredited festival], British Broadcasting Corporation Music Video Festival, UCLA Shortakes [Winner: Best of Show], at the prestigious European Festival - Sehüchte International Film Festival [Winner: Producer 1st prize]. Most recently he was nominated at the Rhode Island International Film Festival & Los Angeles Short Film Festival -- which are both Academy Award accredited festivals. He was also nominated at Cinequest Film Festival 2015 & 2017, which was recently voted as the Best Film Festival by USA TODAY.
Carlos has directed several projects that have helped him expand his portfolio in all areas and fine-tune his creative visual style. His motivation behind all his projects and gained experience is to accomplish his ultimate goal of directing his debut feature film in his native country, Mexico.