JORGE NARANJO (Seville, 1976) is a screenwriter and director. His first feature film, ‘Casting’ (2013) premiered as part of the Official Section of the 16th Malaga Spanish Film Festival, where it was awarded with two ‘Biznagas de Plata’ (Best Recurring Actor and Best Recurring Actress for the entire cast). The film was created from a short film of the same name – which enjoyed considerable success at the 11th Notodofilmfest. This achievement allowed him to premiere two sequels on the same platform: ‘Casting Two’ and later ‘Casting Three’, all of which constitute a trilogy that would be the germ of its first major piece.
His last short film, ‘Cumplevidas’, developed in collaboration with the ‘Diversión Solidaria’ Foundation and stemming from a workshop with children with cancer diseases, has been selected at the prestigious Chicago International Children Film Festival – currently under distribution.
His previous work, ‘Un billete a nunca jamás’, was preselected for the 2018 Goya Awards and has received more than 30 accolades. The short film is also based on a story of the same name that he wrote himself – which earned the 1st Price at the Astorga Original Stories Christmas Contest. Further short film credits include “Llama ya”, “Cinco contra uno”, “Superhero” o “Los niños de Charlot” – all of which have been awarded in several competitions.
His television credits include scripts for production companies such as Globomedia, Isla, El Terrat or Nueva Línea (“José Mota Presenta”). He has also developed some television formats for Ganga, creators of the TV series ‘Cuéntame Cómo Pasó’. In 2015, he was a jury member at the SGAE’s 2nd TV Series Creation Lab.
In theatre, he has written and directed ‘AMOR’, a piece which ran at Madrid’s Sala Tú for several months. He has also created some promotional videos for TV productions such as “Cuerpo de Élite”, “La Tribu”, “Lo dejo cuando quiera” or “Arde Madrid”. Upcoming promotional videos include “Way Down”, “Operación Camarón” and “Hasta el cielo”.
Since July 2017, he has been a member of the Spanish Film Academy, specialising in Direction, where he collaborated in the writing of the book-project ‘Cinema and Education’, a field he has always been interested in.
As for his academic work, he has taught screenwriting and acting at Central de Cine, Primera Toma y AISGE. In the latter, he also held a workshop on the creation of TV series along with director Fernando Colomo. He has also directed music videos for artists such as Julio de la Rosa (“Maldiciones comunes”), Niños Mutantes (“El miedo”) y El Imperio del Perro (“Buitres”). Currently, he’s writing his second feature film as well as working on several film, theatre and TV projects.