Seville European Film Festival has decided, on the occasion of its X anniversary, to present an extraordinary award to the Andalusian producer Antonio Pérez Pérez (Cordoba, 1954), who has been linked to the Seville festival since its beginnings. A member of the European Film Academy, he is the head of Maestranza Films, the production company with which he has made many award winning films which have also been praised by the public. These include Solas, Nadie conoce a nadie, Habana Blues, La voz dormidaand his most recent film, A puerta fría. At present, he is again in the city of Seville, immersed in the shooting of his next production, La ignorancia de la sangre, a crime thriller set against a background of Islamic terrorism, with a cast headed by Paz Vega, Hugo Silva and Juan Diego. The film, directed by Manolo Gómez Pereira, is being made between the Canaries and Morocco.
Antonio Pérez has always lent a helping hand to the SEFF since it came into existence in 2004, and has contributed to placing the festival on the European film map. On its X anniversary, the Festival is honoring the Andalusian producer for the affectionate support he has given to this event, for which he has always worked with great personal endeavor and an exemplary level of implication, helping to expand the SEFF and make it known beyond our borders.
Born in Cordoba in 1954, Antonio Pérez’s love of audiovisual culture was forged in Andújar (Jaén), where his parents managed a cinema and where he spent all his childhood. He began as a production assistant in the 80s and in 1983 he produced his first film, Caín, for the director Manuel Iborra. Then he graduated in Industrial Engineering from Seville University, although he also studied Biology and Music.
Pérez has been involved in the writing, producing and directing of numerous short films, commercials and documentaries for television. A founding member and shareholder in the production company Videoplanning in 1983 and Omeya TV in 1987, it was in 1989 that he founded his present production company, Maestranza Films, with which he has made, among many other films, Solas, which won the Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1999 and 5 Goya awards; Nadie conoce a nadie(1 Goya award), Fugitivas (2 Goya awards ), El sueño de Ibiza (included in the Panorama section at the Berlin Festival in 2002), Polígono Sur (Berlin Panorama 2003), Atún y chocolate and Habana Blues (shown at the Cannes Festival).
His production La voz dormida was nominated for 9 Goyas, including Best Film, in 2012. A puerta fría, his latest film, won the Critics’ Award and the Best Actor award for Antonio Dechent at the Malaga Festival of Spanish Cinema in 2012, and also the Best Script and Best Actor awards at Toulouse España that same year.
A member of Seville’s Real Academia de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel de Hungría and of the board of EGEDA (Entidad de Gestión de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales), Pérez is vice-president of Spanish Media Desk Foundation, and at the 1999 Cannes Festival he was selected by the magazine Variety as one of the ten best independent producers of the year. Antonio Pérez Pérez has been on the Board of the European Film Academy since 2000.