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Mauro Mueller {Writer/Director} is a Swiss/Mexican independent filmmaker who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish literature and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications as well as an M.F.A with honors in Film (directing/scriptwriting) from Columbia University in New York City.

While at Columbia, Mauro worked as a teaching assistant to Richard Peña and David Sterritt and directed six short films: In for a surprise (2009), Ge.hen'nah (2010), Lee (2010), Santiago del otro lado (2011), A World for Raúl (2012) and Fingerspiel (2014).

“The Surprise Party,” which he co-directed and produced won best picture at the Campus Movie Fest  and was screened at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York as well as at the Paramount Studio’s Sherry Lansing Theater in Los Angeles. It has been screened in 16 countries, among them Brazil, Morocco, Romania, Palestinian territories, and Serbia.

"Ge.hen'nah", which he directed in Lebanon, stars Christine Choueiri, Boutros Rouhana, and Khitam Laham and had a successful festival run including at the Singapore International Film Festival. Mauro got nominated with the film as one of ten new forces in Asian Cinema at the Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards.

His thesis film "Un mundo para Raúl" (A World for Raúl) won a Student Academy Award–Oscar® in 2013, as well as prizes at Aspen Shortsfest, New York Shortsfest and Solothurner Filmtage Upcoming Talent Award. The film stars Alexandré Barceló, Adrian Alonso (Under the Same Moon, The Legend of Zorro), Gerardo Taracena (Apocalypto, Sin Nombre), Roberto Meza, and Adriana Paz (Rudo y Cursi, La Tirisia, Hilda).

His short film "Fingerspiel" (Fingerplay) has been screened at Aspen Shortsfest, Morelia International Film Festival, and won best actor for Burak Yigit at Shorts Mexico 2015 and best actress for Sabine Vitua at Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival.

Alltogether his films have screened at 100+ festivals and have won twice the CINE Golden Eagle Award, the Big Beach Best directing award, the IFP Audience Award, and the CINE Special Jury Award.

Mauro was part of the Masterclass Atelier Paris-Ludwigsburg, a post-graduate program which is tailored around European co-production/distribution, at La Fémis Film School in Paris. He is a recipient of the IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship.
In 2012, Mauro was selected at the Script Station of the Berlin International Film Festival with his feature-length script Fingerplay.
In 2013, Mauro was chosen as part of the Guadalajara Talents in Guadalajara Mexico as well as Zurich Master Class 2012 and 2013. Mauro was a Cine Qua Non Lab participant in 2013 and an Academic Coordinator in 2014. In 2016, he was a Rotterdam Producer's Lab Participant.

Mauro produced the feature film “Copenhagen” starring Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones) in Denmark which won the Audience Award at Slamdance 2014 and the Grand Jury Prize at Florida Film Festival 2014. It premiered in Mexico at the Guadalajara Film Festival 2015 and had a theatrical release in the US, Canada, and Colombia. It is available on netflix in the US.
Mauro further produced the omnibus feature film "A Quintet" (world premiere at Sarajevo Film Festival 2014).
As a director, he is in development of the feature film "A Few Days in the Sun" which is produced by Doro Bachrach (Dirty Dancing) and Leslie Holleran (Chocolat, Hanna) and "Jeux de mains" with Swiss production company Contrast Film and producer Ivan Madeo (winner of the Teddy Award with the feature "The Circle").

Mauro is co-owner of the creative collective and production company Fidelio Films, founded by David Figueroa García, Mark Raso, Mauro Mueller and Mauricio Leiva-Cock in 2010. All are creative content creators with strong backgrounds in producing and MFA’s in Film from Columbia University in NYC. The company has set up offices in NYC, L.A, Mexico City, and Zurich (together with Björn Hering). Fidelio has produced a number of acclaimed short films, winning twice in a row in the Student Academy Awards with "Under" in 2012 and "Un mundo para Raúl" in 2013. Their feature film "Copenhagen" won various awards, has sold to over 90 countries and is an indie hit on netflix.
Fidelio's upcoming slate includes Mauro's directorial debut as well as “Aquí vivió y murió Espiritu Perdomo” (The Life and Death of Espíritu Perdomo) directed by Mauricio Leiva Cock and produced by Mauro as well as Juan Diego Villegas via his production company Dramax in Colombia. The project has won various development awards including best project at FLICC - Latin American Audiovisual Market, the Proimagenes/FDC Script Development Grant, and the Tribeca Film Institue Latin America Media Arts Fund.

Trailer Ge.hen'nah
Trailer Un mundo para Raúl
Trailer Copenhagen
Student Academy Award acceptance speech
Directing sample