Nicolás Celis, founder of Pimienta Films, is a young Mexican producer who has gained a reputation for working on original projects of high artistic content and powerful impact on international audiences. His production company, Pimienta Films, was named one of the three best production houses in Mexico by the magazine Variety. The topics of his movies and documentaries are varied, although there is a tendency to explore social matters such as migration, economic inequality, family relationships and the impact of drug cartels in the everyday lives of Latin Americans.
Nicolás has collaborated in various Mexican films such as Heli by Amat Escalante, which won the Best Direction prize in Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and Roma (2018) from the acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón, which received over a 200 prizes all over the world, including the Golden Lion for Best Feature at the Venice Film Festival, four BAFTA awards, ten Ariel prizes, two Golden Globes and three Academy Awards. He has also worked with international filmmakers such as Tatiana Huezo, Rafi Pits, Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego, among others.
Alongside his work as a producer, Nicolás has also dedicated himself to supporting the forthcoming generations of producers and distributers. He frequently gives workshops and master classes in academic and cultural contexts in Mexico and abroad. He has participated, for instance, in meetings and workshops like ACE Mundus, EAVE Puentes, Producer’s Network and Torino FilmLab, among others. Moreover, Nicolás has a special interest in supporting indie cinemas and independent distribution schemes. In June from 2019, he took part of Shanghai International Film Festival´s main jury.