Big Screen Symposium

Guillermo Arriaga is a world renowned Mexican author, screenwriter, director and producer. His work as a screenwriter is one of the most revolutionary and interesting in world cinema.

“I have learned that the first rule of screenwriting, or any art, is having no rules.” Guillermo Arriaga

His debut feature film Amores Perros (2000), starring Gael Garcia Bernal, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Feature Film in 2001. It went on to win the BAFTA Award for Best Feature Film (not in the English Language), along with a host of other Best Screenplay and Best Direction awards at film festivals around the world.

He went on to write the screenplay for 21 Grams (2004) starring Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro – his second collaboration with Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu. It was nominated for a BAFTA Best Screenplay award, as well two Academy Awards for Best Actress (Naomi Watts) and Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro).

In 2005 he won the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his third feature film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones.

His next filmBabel (2006), starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, won the Academy Award for Best Score and was nominated for six others including Best Screenplay and Best Picture.

His latest feature film and directorial debut,The Burning Plain (2007), starring Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Basinger, had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival. Here Guillermo was nominated for the Golden Lion (Best Screenplay), and Jennifer Lawrence won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Emerging Actress.

In 2010 he wrote and directed The Well, a short film about Mexican Revolution. He just finished directing his new short film The God´s Blood with Oscar nominee Demian Bichir.

He is also considered one of the most influential writers in contemporary literature. He has written three novels: The Guillotine Squad (1991), A Sweet Scent Of Death (1994) and The Night Buffalo (1999) along with one book of short stories: 201 Return.

Guillermo has quite literally changed the way motion pictures are made.” Walter Parkes, Producer (The Burning Plain, Minority Report, Gladiator)


Speaker Session: Writing with Guillermo Arriaga

Keynote Address: Guillermo Arriaga: Reel Vision in a Digital World