Carlos César Arbeláez

Carlos César Arbeláez

Carlos César Arbeláez is a director from Antioquia (a State of Colombia) and  holds a degree from the Communications Faculty of the University of Antioquia. He studied sceenwriting, drama and the history of cinema at the International School of Cinema at San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba) and at the ENERC (the National School of Cinematic Experimentation and Production) in Argentina, thanks to a scholarship awarded by the Colombian Culture Ministry.

Arbeláez has directed more than a dozen documentaries for television including three documentaries for the series Muchachos a lo Bien (Good Boys) which won an India Catalina prize for Best Documentary Series for Television at the International Festival of Film and Television in Cartagena; Negro Profundo – Historias de Mineros (Deep Black – Miner's Stories) which gained a mention of honor at the International Film Festival in Bogotá; and Cómo llegar al Cielo (How to Get to Heaven) which gained a mention of honor from the competition "Para Verte Mejor", organized by Comfenalco - Antioquia.

In 1996, he won a scholarship from COLCULTURA (the National Culture Institute) for the project El Cine en Casa- Patrimonio Fílmico de Medellín (Cinema at Home – Filmic Patrimony of Medellín).

His first narrative short, La Edad del Hielo (Ice Age) came second for the Sky Television National Cinema Prize at the Cinema and Television Festival at Cartagena in 2000 and was shown on this channel throughout Latin America.

In 2005 he won the prize "Ciudad de Medellín" (Medellín City) for Best Unpublished Narrative Script.

His second short, La Serenata (The Serendade) (super 16 mm), won the competition organized by the Culture Ministry's Cinema Development Fund in 2005.

In 2007 he won a scholarship from City of Medellín, to project development, "Los Ojos de la Paloma" (the Eyes of the Dove) fiction feature film.

Los Colores de la Montaña (The Colors of the Mountain) is his feature film debut.

Eso que llaman Amor, his new project, won in 2010 two prize, scholarship from "City of Medellín", and Carolina Foundation, in Madrid (Spain), to project development.