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Hugo Santander Ferreira

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 Philosophy.

In 1994, after staging several theater plays as director of Arte Facto 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 University.

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 the University of 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 the American 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 Education 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 Crimes" (2011), "Hamlet 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 Ganesan 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 Annapurna 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 Film Direction at the TEC of 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 2014 Hugo was exalted by the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos as one of the one hundred most prominent Colombians in the world.

Hugo Noel Santander Ferreira © First Film Productions 2016