Writer & Director

Conversation with Issa Lopez - June 27 @ 1:00pm PST


Issa López received in 2007 the National Novel Award granted by Mexico’s Institute of Fine Arts. She has penned eleven features, many of which, when released, became box-office hits in Mexican cinema. She has directed four of her scripts: Efectos Secundarios (Warner Brothers, 2006), Casi Divas (Sony, 2008), Tigers Are Not Afraid (Filmadora Nacional, Peligrosa, 2017), and Todo Mal (Peligrosa, Traziende 2018). She’s been a Producer on four features penned by her, through her production outfit, Peligrosa. In September 2017, Tigers Are Not Afraid premiered at Fantastic Fest, and won the Best Horror Director Award. Tigers is a dark fairy tale about the ghosts that haunt the children that survive Mexico’s drug war. The film opened in Canada and the U.S. for a commercial run in 2019, as part of the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews, scoring a Certified Fresh 97% in Rotten Tomatoes. It has garnered a total of fifty five awards in film festivals around the world, won three Diosas de Plata, (the Mexican Film Critics Association award) including Best Director and Best Picture, was nominated for ten Ariel Awards, winning two (the Mexican Oscar equivalent), and has received the enthusiasm and support of such genre legends as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Guillermo del Toro, who’s currently producing a film for López.

IG/Twitter: @issitalopez