Talent Guide

Susana Casares

  • Program Year:Project Involve 2012


Susana Casares was born in Barcelona, Spain. After receiving a BA in Translation and Interpreting, she completed her BFA in Fine Arts with a special focus in Video Art and Photography. She received a scholarship to spend two years in the department of Visual Communication at the HfG in Offenbach, Germany, where she began to explore narrative and documentary filmmaking. Casares has directed documentaries and fiction shorts that have been shown in art institutions and festivals around the world, like the Berlinale Talent Campus, the Instituto Cervantes and Caixa Forum. Her work explores the tension between the self and the other, especially in the context of the dialogue between different cultural traditions.

In 2008 she was awarded a scholarship from Fundacial La Caixa, a prestigious Spanish foundation, to complete an MFA in Filmmaking at UCLA. While at UCLA, she received the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Award and the Mary Pickford Award. In 2011 she became a Telluride FilmLab fellow and a Film Independent Project Involve fellow. She is currently developing a feature-length documentary about the effects of current violence in Mexico with the support of the Tribeca Film Institute, IDFA and the Documentary Campus Masterschool.

Current Project

A Child's Game (Documentary Feature)


How long can a child keep their innocence in a violent environment? A Child's Game examines the Mexican war on drugs through the eyes of a group of children in Monterrey whose life has been torn by a violent event. The film explores the polarity between reality and fantasy and the blurry borderlines that divide them.