Born in Medellin, Colombia, Pablo Alvarez-Mesa moved to Vancouver, BC in 2001 to pursue a BFA in Film Production at Simon Fraser University. His films have since played at international film festivals including Rotterdam, Sheffield, Hot Docs, AFI Silverdocs, and RIDM. His credits include Presidio Modelo (Best Experimental Student Film Award, 2009 Montreal Film Festival); Jelena’s Song (Prix Pierre et Yolande Perrault, Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois), which he created with the National Film Board of Canada; and the short documentaries Cuando Suena el Clarín (Hot Docs 2012) and Speaking into the Air (International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015). Most recently, Alvarez-Mesa completed his first feature-length documentary, Nuestro Monte Luna (Hot Docs 2015), which follows a group of Colombian at-risk teens who choose the controversial sport of bullfighting as a way to escape the violence that surrounds their society. Alvarez-Mesa holds an MFA in Film Production from Concordia University.