About

Carlos J. Matos is a screenwriter and director working at the intersection of culture and narrative.

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, he lived across the US before settling in Madrid, Spain where he graduated from the Centro Internacional de Fotografía y Cine (EFTI) with a  Masters in Direction of Photography for Film.

Taking inspiration from his multicultural heritage, Carlos’ work often explores the intersectionality of colonialism and the way it influences personal identity. He’s a writer who gravitates toward rebellious, high-concept stories that utilize genre as a universally accessible framework for creating shared meaning.

His short films Blink. and 2091 have been screened internationally in top-tier festivals like the Miami IFF and the New York Latino IFF, won awards, and garnered nominations including Best Direction and Best Cinematography. His latest project Second Law, an animated film blending practical and digital VFX, is currently in development.


Awards & Selections

2020
L'Hospitalet Int'l Film Festival - 2091 - FINALIST - Best Direction - Best Cinematography - Best VFX - Best Int'l Short // London Fashion Film Festival - 2091 - FINALIST - Best Visual & Special Effects // Toronto Independent Film Festival - FINALIST - 2091 - Best Int'l Short // Los Angeles Fashion Film Festival - 2091 - Official Selection // La Jolla Int'l Fashion Film Festival - 2091 - Official Selection // Aesthetica Film Festival - 2091 - Official Selection // Palma de Mallorca Int'l Film Festival - 2091 - Official Selection // Berlin Sci-Fi Film Festival - 2091 - Official Selection // Oaxaca Film Festival - 2091 - Official Selection // Sydney Sci-Fi Film Festival - 2091 - Official Selection // Miami Film Festival - Blink. - Official Selection // New York Latino Film Festival - Blink. - Official Selection

2019
SHORT to the Point - Blink. - FINALIST - Best Horror Short // Oregon Short Film Festival - Blink. - FINALIST - Best Horror Short // Austin Micro Film Festival - Blink. - FINALIST - Best Horror Short // Paracinema Film Festival - Blink. - Official Selection // Fixion Fest - Blink. - Official Selection // Cinemafantastique 5 - Blink. - Official Selection


Contact

Got an assignment, a commission, a project, a collaboration, some bad ideas, or a really good one you want to talk about? I'd love to hear from you:

contact@carlosjmatos.com
EU — +34 666 382 479
US — +1 617 717 8382