Raúl O. Paz Pastrana is a Mexican-Immigrant filmmaker and cinematographer whose cinematic style melds visual anthropology with cinema verité. His films, which focus on indigenous and immigrant rights, have screened in festivals worldwide, including the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the U.K, DOCSDF (DocsMx) in Mexico City and at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris France. He is a Princess Grace Awards recipient and a Tribeca Film Institute All Access Program recipient. Recently he was a fellow for the Film Society of Lincoln Center Artist Academy at the 2016 NYFF54 in NYC and received the 2017 Art Matters and Jerome Foundation Artist Residency at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

Raúl graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2012 where he received the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for exceptional achievement in social documentary Film.  Currently he is working on his first feature film “BORDER SOUTH/FRONTERA SUR,” a gripping story that documents the lives of Central and South American migrants as they cross through Mexico and has received support from the Jerome Foundation and the Undocumented Migration Project.

Honors, Awards and Nominations:
  • 2018 New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Post Production Grant
  • 2017 Tribeca Film Institute Interactive Immigration Co/Lab, New York City
  • 2017 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, TCR Travel Award San Antonio, TX
  • 2017 Mexico City International Documentary Film Festival (DocsMX), Docs-in-Progress Doclabs, Rough Cut Retreat, Mexico City
  • 2017 Camden/TFI Filmmakers Retreat, Camden Maine
  • 2017 Tribeca Film Institute All Access Program
  • 2017 Artist Residency At The Camargo Foundation Cassis, France
  • 2016 Film Society of Lincoln Center Artist Academy : NYFF 2016
  • 2015 JEROME Foundation Film and Video Grant
  • 2015 Great lakes Environmental Film Festival Spirit of Activism Award
  • 2014 IFFEST Document.Art Festival Next Generation Award
  • 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award
  • 2013 International Documentary Association (IDA)
    • Nominee Student Documentary Award
  • 2012 School of Visual Arts Paula Rhodes Memorial Award
  • 2012 Princess Grace Foundation Filmmaker Award
  • 2011 Princess Grace Foundation Cary Grant Award
  • 2011  Hispanic Scholarship Fund Creative Arts Project Grant

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