Hugo Santander was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia
in 1968. In 1990 he graduated in Social
Communication from the Universidad
Javeriana where he also started a Ph.D. in
In 1994, after staging several
theater plays as director of Arte
Teatro, and after obtaining a Post-graduate
degree in Screenwriting from the Universidad del
Rosario, Hugo was accepted at the MFA
program in Film and Media Arts at Temple
Having produced and directed several short films
(amongst them "po",
which won the 1996 Temple University Motion
Picture Association Scholarship,) Hugo was
appointed Associate Professor of Screenwriting and
Creative Writing at the Universidade
Católica Portuguesa of Oporto, Portugal, a
country where he also directed "lhas
do Porto" (Porto Ghettos) , a documentary
broadcast in five continents by RTP (Public Radio
and Television of Portugal.) In 2000 he directed
and presented his monologue for an actress "Nórida's
First Date" in Ponte de Lima, Portugal.
In 2000 he moved to England, where he lectured at
Salford on Media Management, Acting for the
Camera and Acting for Shakespeare--a course that
included the direction and staging of his own
adaptation of "Timon of Athens".
A 2002–2003 Lector of Spanish at the University
of Manchester, he was awarded with a 2002
CEP fellowship, which allowed him to lecture at
University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) on
Media Management, Screenwriting, Media in Conflict
and History of American Media.
Hugo has written several entries for the Hodder
Encyclopedia "Essentials of Philosophy and
Ethics" (London: 2006.) He is also the
author of "The
Crisis of Atheism", published by The
Philosopher, the Journal of the Philosophical
Society of England, and a novel published both in
Colombia and Spain: "Nuevas Tardes en Manhattan"
(Manhattan New Soirées).
Hugo has also produced, written, directed and
edited three long-feature films "Kennedy's
Unbound" (2012) and"Manati:
Portrait of a third-world happy town" (2012).
As Associate Professor at the Faculty of
Communications and Media Arts at the UNAB
(Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga), Hugo
co-designed and consolidated the curriculum of the
current program in Audovisual Arts, instructing
the first generation of professional filmmakers in
Bucaramanga, his hometown.
Between November 2010 and October 2012, Hugo
worked as an Associate Professor at the Sivaji
Film and Television Institute at SRM University
in Chennai (Madras.) During these years he
completed the writing of "Aesthetics
and Ethics of Cinema," also a compendium of
his theories on Film direction, Acting,
Screenwriting, Ideology and Poetics. In 2011 Hugo
wrote, edited and directed "A
Shortcut to India" (English & Tamil), a
personal allegory of the Indian culture.
From January to May 2013 Hugo became then
Professor of Acting at the Annapurna
International School of FILM + MEDIA at the
Studios in Hyderabad, India. There he
directed and edited "God's Loop" (2013,) based on
his screenplay "Victimarios" (2006).
In August 2013 Hugo came to Querétaro, México, as
an Invited International Visiting Professor of
at the TEC
Monterrey, Querétaro, México.
His most recent theatre plays "Crime and
Impunity" and "The Loot, Dead Bird flies
High" were staged, written and directed at the
Círculo Colombiano de Artístas in Bogotá during
the theater seasons of 2014 and 2015. In Jan 31st
was exalted by the President of Colombia Juan
Manuel Santos as one of the one hundred most
prominent Colombians in the world.