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Nicolás Celis Lopez

Nicolás Celis Lopez




Decision Maker 2017


Nicolás Celis, founder of Pimienta Films, is a Mexican producer who has gained a reputation for working on original projects of high artistic content and powerful impact. His production company, Pimienta Films, was named one of the three best production houses in Mexico by the magazine, “Variety.” This year, Nicolás appeared in the “Hollywood Reporter” as talent to watch.
Among his early projects is the drama-horror feature film, “We Are What We Are,” which competed for the Cámera d’Or in the Cannes Film Festival and in more than 30 international festivals. Two shorts by Elisa Miller, “Watching It Rain,” (Palme d’Or winner for best direction) and “Roma,” also participated in the Cannes Film Festival.
Among Nicolas’ recent projects is Jonás Cuarón’s, “Desierto,” which won the FIPRESCI prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2016, “Soy Nero,” the new film by Rafi Pitts, had its premiere in official competition at the Berlin International Film Festival alongside Tatiana Huezo’s, “Tempestad,” which won a special mention for the Caligari prize. Additionally, the new feature film by Amat Escalante, “The Untamed” had its premiere at the Venice Biennial, winning the prize for best direction. Currently, Nicolás is in post-production for the new Alfonso Cuarón film.

company profile

Established in Mexico City, Pimienta Films was founded in 2008 by Nicolás and Sebastián Celis as an independent production company. Pimienta has worked with acclaimed directors Jonás Cuarón (Desierto), Amat Escalante (The Untamed), Tatiana Huezo (El lugar más pequeño y Tempestad), James Franco (The Broken Tower), Ciro Guerra (Pájaros de verano), Elisa Miller (Ver llover), Rafi Pitts (Soy Nero) and Alfonso Cuarón (Roma) among others. In 2014, PIMIENTA FILMS was listed as one of the top three film production companies in Mexico, by the prestigious magazine VARIETY.